HOMILY FOR THE 4TH SUNDAY OF ADVENT YEAR A.
THEME: Watch out for the Signs.
By: Fr Anthony C Ohaekwusi.
Signs are clues to the realities that affect us. When you cough frequently, we say it’s a sign of a cold. When a car turns on its signal lights, we say it wants to make a turn. When we see a flashing blue light from our rear view mirror, we give way to the emergency services or police. When tears flow from our eyes, we know that emotions have taken over. Signs are visible indicators of less visible realities. They convey deeper meanings to us, but sometimes we don’t follow them, even when we see them. This is a common experience. Have you ever stopped at a green light until someone warned you to move on? Have you ever looked for an object you have in your hand? If so, know that we are all victims of signs; they make or break us, teach us or trick us. There are good signs and bad signs, but what matters is how we follow what they tell us.
Our readings point to following the signs God has given. They declare that for every purpose in life, God gives His sign. That’s why in the first reading He required Ahaz to ask for a sign in order to understand His ultimate will. He makes His purpose clear to all who seek Him, only if you are willing and patient to seek. Sometimes, however, we are confused or distracted in such a way that we do not notice the signs, even when they are so clear. Joseph was calm, patient and careful, which was why he never let himself get carried away by the pressure and surprise of Mary’s pregnancy, but paid attention to understanding the signs God was giving. The ultimate sign that God has given us in life is “Emmanuel”; that no matter what we are going through, God is with us all the way.
When we are very impatient and distracted, we can read the wrong signs and make wrong decisions. But when we sleep over the clues, pay attention and take the time to study the signals, we notice that whether good or bad, these signs have always been there, but we never noticed them. Because in whatever we do in life, God gives us a sign to read, only that sometimes we are too carried away to discover it yet.
Remain lifted and do have a great Sunday.
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