HOMILY FOR FRIDAY OF THE THIRD WEEK OF ADVENT YEAR B.
HOMILY THEME: MARY’S SONG
BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Seventh Day of Simbang Gabi.
In the day’s Gospel, we hear the Magnificat of Mary. It is a song of praise for the God of reversals and a recognition of God who is always faithful to His promise. After meeting Elizabeth and found her to be with child as told by the angel, Mary believed and proceeded to enumerate with pride and joy what God had done and expressed her faith in the fulfillment of things to come.
The God of reversals is always in action. In the first reading we have Hannah, the mother of Samuel, who was barren yet bore a son. Mary was a virgin yet she conceived. God humbled the proud and raised the lowly. The mighty were stripped of power and the rich went empty. The Beatitudes of Jesus in His sermon on the mount further testified to this divine action.
THE EIGHT BEATITUDES OF JESUS “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure of heart,
for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”(Mt.5:3-10)
Even in the recent and present times, these reversals had happened; communist Russia and China had opened themselves to the world, the Berlin Wall had been destroyed, the faithless had become saints, atheists acknowledge God, and the sick are experiencing healing. But the work is not yet done. There are still a lot to happen.
Some in our country today are becoming hopeless because of killings, drug proliferation and addiction, bickering and attacks against and among government officials, disrespect for the laws, creeping immorality, terrorism, dictatorship, etc. Today’s readings counters that hopelessness. Mary reminds us of God’s faithfulness.
We are assured of God’s justice prevailing ultimately. The end should bring a scenario of God’s order happening. Mary saw and believed. Mary believed and hoped. God did not fail her. God will not fail us. God does not fail.