Homily for the first Sunday of Advent - Year C - Lk. 21:25-28 & 34-36


by

Father Daniel Meynen
 
 

"Jesus spoke about his return: « And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth distress of nations in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, look up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.


"« But take heed to yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a snare; for it will come upon all who dwell upon the face of the whole earth. But watch at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of man. »"




Homily:


"Jesus spoke about his return: « And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth distress of nations in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. »"


Two thousand years ago, God the Father sent his Son, who is one God with him, to become flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary, through the mysterious intervention of the Spirit of God, the Spirit who is Holy and who sanctifies the Church!


Saint Paul says to us, about the Spirit of God: « But, as it is written, "What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him," God has been revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. » (1 Co. 2:9-10)


The Holy Spirit is the Person who reveals to us the unknown hereafter. He, the Spirit who searches everything, knows this hereafter, and he is here, among us, in order that we can know it. The Holy Spirit is here in order to acquaint us with the hereafter which the Lord Jesus has announced will be manifested by terrifying and dramatic signs. So, one might as well say that, at the moment the events announced by the Lord Jesus occur, the Spirit of God will be beside us in order to comfort us in our faith and in our confidence to the divine mercy.


"« And then they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, look up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near. »"


The Return of Christ in the end times is not a terrifying event. Jesus will come back in a cloud, with power and great glory. It is an event which is destined to comfort us, because it will be the time of our total and definitive resurrection in Christ! And just as the word "resurrection" expresses the action, "raise" or "straighten," the Lord orders to us to straighten our heads, and to be upright in his presence, just as he, himself, the Revived, is upright and majestic, worthy of royalty above all creatures. Yes, straighten us! Make us confident in the Spirit of God who lives in us! Watch the Lord Jesus who comes to us, full of glory and majesty! He comes, and our redemption is drawing near!


"« But take heed to yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a snare; for it will come upon all who dwell upon the face of the whole earth. But watch at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of man. »"


Are we spiritual men? Do we behave as true sons of God? Are we truly confident in the Holy Spirit? The Lord warns us indeed, "Watch at all times..." because he knows all, and he knows that we have always had a tendency to behave as men, as women, giving over to the needs of the body, to the cares of life: by food, drink, pleasures, our fidelity to the Spirit of God could be in danger! Then, stay up, pray, be full of recognition for the gifts which God constantly gives us!


Pray together in the course of this Eucharist. We are going to receive in us the Lord Jesus; we are going to pray together before receiving it. In the course of the great eucharistic Prayer, which precedes communion, appeal to Mary. It is veritably her own prayer which we present then to God by means of the priest. Be united to Mary. She is the Spouse of the Holy Spirit! Confide in her and trust in her as well!



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