Homily for Tuesday of the 2nd Week of Advent Year A
Theme: God is Happy When we Make Efforts to Repent.
By: Fr. Evaristus Abu
Homily for Tuesday December 10 2019
(Tuesday 10th December 2019. Read Isaiah 40:1-11, Psalm 96:1-13 & Matthew 18:12-14)
“Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her service is at an end, her guilt is expiated; Indeed, she has received from the hand of the LORD double for all her sins.” (Isaiah 40:1-3).
There is nothing that brings as much joy to parents as seeing their little baby begin to walk or talk for the first time. It is like discovering gold in an abandoned building. God knows what we can do, He knows how much goodness He has deposited in us therefore He expects us to keep His Commandments.
God feels very sad when we go astray. Imagine buying a brand-new car only to discover that even with everything working on it, the car cannot go faster than 2 kilometres per hour. This is exactly how God feels when we choose to live in sin. Nevertheless, unlike a car that can easily be returned to its manufacturer or destroyed and replaced, God waits patiently for our return. He even goes in search of us.
God is the shepherd who goes in search of a lost sheep. When we think we are furthest from God as a result of our sinfulness, that is precisely when God is closest to us, knocking at the door of our hearts, seeking our friendship and hoping we would return home. This accounts for the warm feeling of joy (consolation) we receive the moment we take steps to repent. The happiness that God feels by our repentance spills over to us. We suddenly experience peace of mind again and we literally feel the love of God.
Truly, the peace and happiness that comes to us whenever we decide to retrace our steps is such that we can never find anywhere else in the world. It does not matter how far away we have been, once we decide to go back, the journey becomes short. Every good thing you seek for in this world can only be found on the other side of your repentance.
Let us pray: Lord Jesus, you came to us as a baby showing that you have not come to judge and condemn us but to love us. Teach us to love you back by turning away from all our sinfulness. Amen.
Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Tuesday of the 2nd Week of Advent. Bible Study: Isaiah 40:1-11, Psalm 96:1-13 & Matthew 18:12-14).