Homily for Wednesday of the 4th Week of Advent (2)







Homily for Wednesday of the 4th Week of Advent

Theme: My Spirit Rejoices

By: Fr. Gerald M. Musa.

 

Homily for Wednesday December 22 2021

How often do we thank God for the gift of life? During this season of preparation for Christmas, we can draw inspiration from some spirit-filled popular poems of praise in the Gospel of Luke which are: The song of Zechariah (Benedictus) and Song of Mary (Magnificat). Mary expresses her joy over the goodness of God in her life. She exclaims, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior” (Luke 1:46-47). This song of Mary re-echoes the song of thanksgiving of Hannah in the first book of Samuel. Hannah had no child and God gave her a child. In thanksgiving to God, she sanga song to praise God. We have a reason to praise the Lord and so “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord” (Psalm 150:6). Coventry Patmore asks, “What is gladness without gratitude? And where is gratitude without God?” This is to say gladness, gratitude and God are inextricably tied and cannot be separated. A thankful heart is a joyful heart and a joyful heart is a godly heart. We have many reasons to praise God, especially because he has blessed us with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3). Let us ask God for the spirit of prayer and praise to express gratitude from the depth of our hearts for the many blessings we enjoy. At Christmas we thank and praise God for his countless gift of salvation and for sending Jesus to save us. How can we make gratitude a regular habit?

Luke 1:46 -56; Wednesday, 4th Week of Advent.


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