Homily for the 4th Sunday of Advent Year A
Theme: LET US LISTEN FOR THE VOICE OF THE LORD
By: Fr. Christian Eze
Homily for Sunday December 22 2019
First reading – Isaiah 7:10-14
Second reading – Romans 1:1-7
Gospel – Matt 1:18-24
One cannot tell completely the story of the birth of Jesus without mentioning the role quietude and listening played. In the first instance, the Incarnation as we read in Lk.1:26 took place in a context of Mary listening quietly to the voice of God. Today, in the gospel we heard how the man Joseph in the quietness of his sleep heard the voice of God and saved what could have otherwise been a nasty situation. Two things are involved here – listening, and obeying. There is always blessedness in listening, trusting and obeying the voice of God. Jesus Himself pronounced a blessing upon anyone who hears the voice of God and respects or keeps it- “Blessed are those who hear the Word of God and keep it” Lk.11:28. The book of Revelation also affirms it in the opening and closing chapters- “Blessed is the one who reads aloud and blessed are those who listen to this prophetic message and heed what is written in it” – Rev. 1:3, 22:7. Come to imagine how disastrous it could have been if it were that Joseph did not listen to God. Perhaps he would have decided to resolve the crises he found himself in by getting drunk as most men would. He would have come home under the influence of alcohol to draw a sword against Mary, drive her out of the house and disgraced the mother of God.
In any crises of life, we find ourselves; our blessing shall come from asking what God would want us to do first, nay, obeying the voice of God. And how would we hear His voice and know He is the one talking to us? God speaks to us through the scripture. He speaks to us through the Church – the priest and other ministers and authorities. We can as well hear Him speak to us through good friends and neighbors. At any rate, there is one way through which God speaks which ranks high. This is through our GOOD CONSCIENCE. The man Joseph had a good conscience. It was his conscience that first told him not to disgrace Mary.
This was even before he had the dream. Our problem is that a lot of people have no good conscience at all; and many snub it when it speaks. It is of a great importance that we begin to form our conscience towards good; not only to form, but also to listen to it when it speaks to us. Our conscience is the voice of God speaking to us. Let us listen for the voice of the Lord and enter into His peace.