HOMILY FOR TUESDAY OF THE 1ST WEEK OF ADVENT.
THEME: No-one knows who the Son is except the Father.
BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA.
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
*ABOUT THE 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.
*ABOUT THE GOSPEL READING*
In today’s gospel reading, Jesus speaks of the unique relationship he enjoys with God, his Father, ‘No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son’. Only God knows Jesus, his Son, thoroughly, and only Jesus knows God, his Father, thoroughly. The knowledge that God the Father and Jesus have of each other is a knowledge born of love. It is true even at the level of human relationships that we can really only know those we love. Yet, even though God and Jesus have a unique relationship, it is not a closed relationship.
At the beginning of the gospel reading, Jesus blesses God for revealing ‘these things’ to mere children, and at the end of the gospel reading he declares to his disciples, ‘Happy the eyes that see what you see’. God has made himself know to us through his Son Jesus, and, as a result, we have come to see what prophets and kings in the Jewish Scriptures wanted to see and never saw. Although we may not know God as Jesus does, Jesus has made God known to us. To that extent, Jesus invites us to share in his own relationship with God and with God’s relationship with him. If that is to happen, we need to become what the gospel reading calls ‘children’. We need something of the openness and receptivity and trust of children in our relationship with Jesus, so that he can look upon us, as he looked upon his disciples in the gospel reading, and declare us blessed or happy for seeing what we see.
Maranatha Come Lord Jesus.!
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