HOMILY FOR TUESDAY OF 1ST WEEK IN ADVENT SEASON, YEAR B
THEME: No-one knows who the Son is except the Father
By: Fr Deotacious Chikontwe SMA
READINGS OF THE DAY
Good morning my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today we celebrate Tuesday of the first Week in Advent Season Year B.
FROM OUR FIRST READING
The first reading speaks about a shoot coming forth from the root or the stock of Jesse. It is one of the great visions of hope in the Jewish Scriptures. Jesse was the father of David and of David’s dynasty. The prophet sees that particular dynasty as almost dead. Yet, there is a root there and from that root will come someone who will fulfil the hopes that were associated with David and his descendants, someone on whom the Spirit of the Lord will rest with all its sevenfold gifts. As Christians we recognize Jesus as the fulfilment of that prophecy of Isaiah. In Luke’s gospel, in particular, Jesus is portrayed as full of the the Spirit of the Lord.
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FROM OUR GOSPEL READING
In this morning’s gospel reading from Luke, Jesus is filled with joy by the Holy Spirit and in the power of that Spirit prays to God, blessing his Father for revealing the mysteries of the kingdom to mere children. His disciples have come to see what prophets and kings longed to see and never saw. We too are among those to whom the mysteries of the kingdom have been revealed, who have come to see what Isaiah and others longed to see and never say. For this we should never cease to give thanks, especially in this season of Advent.
Jesus wants to draw everyone into his own relationship but only some people allow themselves to be drawn, those who have the openness of the child to the mystery of God. Jesus goes on to declare all who allow themselves to be drawn blessed because they have come to see what many people before Jesus wanted to see but never saw. Those of us who have been given and received the gift of faith are included within that beatitude of Jesus. Advent is a time to grow in our appreciation of what we have been given, a sharing in Jesus’ own relationship with God, and to ask for the grace to live out of that relationship more fully.
The Lord be with you!
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