*HOMILY FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT, YEAR A*
*THEME: THE LORD COMES, REPENT*
Beloved in Christ, today we celebrate the second Sunday of advent and to aid us in our preparation for the coming of Christ, Mother Church presents us with the image of John the Baptist with emphasis on His call to repentance; which is a call for a new outlook on life in keeping with the will of God.
Unfortunately, some of us limit repentance to the feeling of guilt or the feeling of being sorry for not trying to be a good person.
However, true repentance is a call to turn away from sin and turn towards God. In this regard, John the Baptist is our herald (cf Isaiah 40:3-5) for he forewarns us of the saviour’s arrival and reminds us that we are obliged to prepare. His message is therefore a warning as well as a promise.
Beloved, John the Baptist went in hard on the Pharisees and the Sadducees who came for baptism because he accused them of using God’s grace for their own glorification. He urged them to prove to the world that they believe not only by repenting but also by believing in the gospel.
Salvation then though a free gift of God will not come cheap. Therefore, whoever desires it must bear the fruits that befits repentance.(cf Matt 3:7) and not presume that bearing the name of Christ will save us.
The season of advent invites us to go beyond and do more to merit God’s gift of salvation.
Thus being called a Christian is not enough if one’s lifestyle does not confirm this new identity.(cf Matt 3:9) It is not only the bearing of the name that will save us but what we do in accordance with the will of God because of the name we bear.