HOMILY FOR THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT YEAR B
ISAIAH 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7
THEME : BE WATCHFUL
My dear friend in Christ, this morning we begin a new liturgical year with a call on us to join the people of Israel who longed for the coming of the Messiah with great expectancy. The word “advent” is from the Latin word “adventum” which means “coming”. It is a season with a twofold character, a time to prepare for Christmas when Christ’s first coming is remembered and a time also to direct our mind and heart to Christ’s second coming at the end of time.
Beloved in Christ, a lot of people in the world today are taking almost everything for granted and this theme is to a large extent an invitation not to lose focus because Christ’s second coming is definitely certain. And as we wait Jesus warns us not to be idle hence the need to be watchful. We are not to occupy ourselves with the time and date of Christ’s second coming but we are to make ourselves ready knowing that Christ is coming. Being ready for God cannot be postponed . We need to be aware of the presence of God in our lives.
My dear friend, this morning we shall light the first advent candle which is also called the candle of hope or the candle of prophecy. This candle invites us to have hope because our God is faithful and will keep the promises made to us.
Beloved in Christ, I humbly invite you to share this homily with your friends so as to remind them that the Church has begun a new liturgical year, and we on our part as we prepare for Christmas must also not lose sight of Christ’s second coming at the end of time.
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