HOMILY FOR 2ND SUNDAY IN ADVENT (YEAR B)
THEME: “A VOICE CRYS IN THE WILDERNESS: PREPARE A WAY FOR THE LORD”
By: Fr. Cajetan Anyanwu
This is the 2nd Sunday of Advent (Yr. B). Last week we were told to “stay awake.” Today we hear about a voice crying in the wilderness. This voice is God speaking through John the Baptist. It is a voice telling us to get our hearts ready for the Lord to enter. It is a voice asking us to be prepared to receive the Prince of peace into our hearts. The book of the prophet Isaiah reads, “Here is the Lord coming with power, his arm subduing all things to him (Is. 40:1-5, 9-11). Now is the time to cleanse our hearts. The voice is reiterating this fact.
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The voice crying is for us to rethink and renew our lives. St. Peter says: “The Lord is not being slow to carry out his promises, as anybody else might be called slow, but he is being patient with you all, wanting nobody to be lost and everybody to be brought to change his ways”(2 Pt. 3:8-14). Now is the time to ammend your ways and be at peace with God. Go to confession, do penance and reconcile with your neighbor. Make friends with one another. Stop discrimination and be generous.
The coming of the Lord ushers in a new heaven and a new earth. Only those with clean hearts shall see it . For this reason “A voice cries in the wilderness: Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight” (Mk.1:1-8). If you have ears, you should hear and understand. Are you ready for the Lord to come into your heart? If not, may God help you to be ready, amen! Happy Sunday.
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