Daily Tonic
Homily for Tuesday of the First week of Advent (II) (1st December, 2015) on the Gospel

Is 11:1-10;
Ps 71:1-2.7-8.12-13.17 (R. cf. v.7)
Lk 10:21-24.

Topic: We are blessed.
In today’s gospel, Jesus turned to his disciples and said to them privately:

23... Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! 24For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it” (Lk 10:23-24).

We often play down on our vocation as Christians. Often by emphasizing what should not like the seventy did on their return from the missionary work, cf. Lk 10:17.

On our dignity as Christians, Saint Peter in his first letter writes:

9... you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. 10Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy” (1Pt 2:9-10).

First letter of Saint John also reads: “See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are ...” (1Jn 3:1).

As we prepare for the coming of Jesus Christ, it is important to call to mind how noble our call is. And again, we ought to be very humble because no one achieved this on his/her own. They are all from God. We conclude with the second letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians: “Not that we are competent of ourselves to claim anything as coming from us; our competence is from God” (2Cor 3:5; cf. 2Cor 5:18; 2Cor 4:7).

Bible Reading: 1Pt 2:11-17; 1Cor 1:18-31.

Thought for today: You are called to be a Christian.

Let us pray: Lord, as we prepare for the coming of your son and our Lord Jesus Christ, help us to live as your children we are called to be so as to enjoy the full blessedness in the world to come – Amen!

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