Homily (Reflection) for Thursday of the Third Week Advent (15th December, 2016) on the Gospel
Ps 29:2.4-6.11-13. (R. v.2);
Topic: Question every motive.
In today’s gospel, Jesus took the minds of the crowds to what they went to the wilderness to see. It was neither the reed shaken by the wind nor someone dressed in fine clothing that are found in royal palaces. They actually went to see more than a prophet of whom it was written: “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you”.
Some who went to the wilderness to be baptized by John the Baptist could have followed the crowd without understanding what they actually did. In every sphere of life, one always finds some who do not really understand why they are where they are. This is not foreign even in our vocation as Christians. The lives of many testify to this fact.
It is necessary one questions the motive behind every step he/she takes in life. The questioning will ultimately lead one to his/her motive in life. Ignoring this only leads to doom, cf. Num 15:39-40; Deut 11:26. 30:19-20. Shifting one’s focus from the creator to creatures means one becoming God’s enemy, cf. Jas 4:4.
We must ensure that we walk daily in line with what the Lord asks of us. It is this simple, ‘to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God’, cf. Mic 6:8. It is necessary we are careful at every moment because we are always at the risk of losing our lives, cf. 1Pt 5:8. So, watch every step of yours. Christ is coming very soon. Hence, He warns, “I am coming soon; hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown” (Rev 3:11; cf. Rev 16:15. 22:7. 22:12. 22:20).
Bible Reading: Deut 30:11-20.
Thought for today: I am coming soon (Rev 3:11).
Let us pray: Lord, help us to be ever ready that you may not find us wanting whenever you come – Amen.
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