Homily for Thursday of the 1st Week of Advent Year A
Theme: Put Your Trust in God: He Never Fails
By: Fr. Evaristus Abu
Homily for Thursday December 5 2019
(Read Isaiah 26:1-6, Psalm 118:1-27 and Matthew 7:24-27)
“Thou dost keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee because he trusts in thee. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.” (Isaiah 26:3-4).
As we noted yesterday, advent is a time of expectation. Without trust, there can be no expectation. Advent is a time to deepen our trust in God; a time to remind ourselves that the God we serve is a promise keeper; a miracle worker, in short, as Isaiah says to us today, God is an Everlasting Rock.
Isaiah wasn’t just praising God, he was actually recommending to us the only available cure for fear, worry, stress and anxiety. Isaiah says anyone whose mind is stayed on God will be kept in perfect peace. The key to perfect peace of mind is to trust God whole heartedly in the various advents of our lives.
This means that if you are not at peace right now, it is either because you have not yet surrendered your affairs to God (your mind is not staying on God) or you do not trust in God’s ability to solve the problem. To put your mind on God is to take your mind away from the perceived problem; the more you think of your problem, the bigger they become in your eyes, but the more you think of the greatness and power of God, your problems become insignificant and your mind becomes at peace.
If we celebrate Christmas, we celebrate the fact that God kept His Word. The fact that God took our human nature and became flesh shows us the extent to which God is willing to go to solve our problems. The sad reality is that instead of placing all our trust in God, we somehow prefer to trust human beings; friends, lovers or even things such as our wealth, our machines and so on.
Bear this in mind; people will always disappoint you not necessarily because they want to disappoint you, but because they are simply what they are – human beings not God; they may have the good intentions but they just don’t have the capacity to do things for you which only God can do. Money fails, machines break down, security gadgets fail, pets fail. Only God has your back.
A lot of us claim to trust God but our actions betray this trust. Actions speak louder than words. If we trust God, our actions will show it. In today’s Gospel passage, Jesus told us: “It is not those who say ‘Lord, Lord’ who will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the person who does the will of my Father in heaven.” If we trust God, we would obey Him; by so doing, we prove that we have confidence in gaining all the good things that God has promised us.
Coincidentally, while Isaiah uses the word “rock” in describing the unshakable nature of God, Jesus used the word “rock” to illustrate how unshakable we become when we obey His word. There is a correlation between trusting in God and peace of mind as well as obedience to the will of God. “Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on rock.”
To build on rock is to withstand the trials and difficulties of life; it is to remain unshaken no matter how bad things appear. To build on rock is to live above fear. Hence the Psalmist says: “In God alone be at rest my soul for my hope is in him.” (Psalm 62:1&5).
Let us pray: Lord Jesus, help me to trust in you and in nothing else. Amen.
Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Thursday of the First week of advent. Bible Study: Isaiah 26:1-6, Psalm 118:1-27 and Matthew 7:24-27).