HOMILY FOR THE 4TH SUNDAY OF ADVENT YEAR A.
THEME: “God is with us”
BY: Fr. Justus Oruma.
(a) Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel. This prophecy was told in Isaiah 7. It’s fulfillment as read in Matthew 1:23 came with the interpretation of the given name; Emmanuel- “God with us”
(b) At the last Sunday of Advent, the major cause of our joy is made clearer: that God is with his people. It is in the nature of our God to be with His people. This is His special attribute as made clear in Deuteronomy 4:7 “What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the LORD our God is near us whenever we pray to him?. God never abandons. God is with you in every circumstance. In another place He promised; “I am be with you till the end of time”. His presence is like a soothing balm in difficulties and which is the cause of our joy.
(c) As the Christmas is coming, can you make someone feel the “God with us”! Can you be a God-sent to someone dejected and has nothing, at least to eat? Can you wipe someone’s tears and make him/her really exclaim; “God has remembered me today”, “God has not forsaken me” “God is with me” -the Emmanuel is come.
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