Homily Second Sunday of Advent Year A Prepare the Way

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Homily Second Sunday of Advent Year A


Reading 1: Last Sunday, the prophet Isaiah invited us to come to the Lord to receive instructions so that we may able to walk in the light of the Lord. Today, the Church continues to listen to the prophet Isaiah. He tells us good news of hope. Even though things may look lifeless and hopeless, like an old stump of a tree, life will bud forth, a shoot shall break forth.


This was an allusion of the future Messiah. The Spirit of God will anoint him in his humanity for his own personal growth in his relationship with God: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge and fear of the Lord. These are the same gifts we received in Baptism, so that we can delight in the Lord.


Last Sunday, Isaiah talked about peace: one nation will not rise against another. This Sunday he speaks of the harmony between human beings and the animal world. When the Messiah comes he will restore relationship between us and God and between us and all creation. The same as it was before the Fall. And the focus is to free us to come to be filled with the knowledge of God. Not only is this peace for Israel but for the Gentiles as well. Advent is a time for us to fulfill what Jesus accomplished through his death and resurrection, namely, peace and harmony between God and us and us with others.


Gospel: As Isaiah was a prophet of hope, so John the Baptist is a prophet of hope. His role was to prepare the way for the Messiah. He does this by calling people into true and sincere repentance for their sins and to express this inner repentance through an external sign, baptism. But for this external sign to bear good fruit, they must turn away from sin, so that when the Messiah comes they can receive him. It will be then that they will be able to act on his word.


They are to prepare with expectation, because what the Messiah will do is baptize them in the Holy Spirit and fire. John’s baptism was a preparatory step to the greater gift that Jesus will offer, namely the Holy Spirit. Jesus will begin, like John, calling for repentance for sins which prepares the person for the grace of reconciliation and forgiveness through Jesus’ death and resurrection. Like John’s call for some fruit in a person’s life, Jesus too calls for the fruit of witnessing to what God has done for us in the power of the Holy Spirit.


How many people were baptized by John and how many of these became open to the ministry and word of Jesus? How many persevered in their walk of faith? We have been baptized, we have been forgiven, we have been fed, we have been anointed. Where is the fruit, the evidence in our lives? Advent is a new beginning, a new response, a new longing for a fresh coming of Jesus and the Spirit into our lives. But it is a times of fruit on our part.


Reading 2: Paul is also a prophet of hope. He reminds us that the scriptures are written for our instruction, so that as we hear and act on God’s word, we might have the hope, giving us endurance in the midst of life’s difficulties. The source of our endurance and encouragement is God.


As Jesus died for all, we are called to be at one with all, to be at peace.

Through this harmony and peace we praise and glorify God. Unity and peace was the prayer of Jesus at the Last Supper. The exchange of peace at Mass is not just an external ritual but needs to be a reflection of our way of life.


As Paul said: “Welcome one another as Christ welcomed you,” Advent reminds us that if there is no room for others in our heart then there is no room for Jesus there.

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