HOMILY FOR THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT YEAR B.
HOMILY THEME: DWELLING FOR THE LORD
BY: Fr Joseph Nyarko Asare
(2 Sam 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 16/Ps 89/Rom 16:25-27/ Lk 1:26-38)
This day, we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Advent. In the evening, we will begin the Christmas Season with the Vigil Mass. We offer two reflections to cover the two different but related events.
The Lord does not depart from a place until we choose to exit him ourselves. Once God steps into a location and situation, he is ready to stay there for eternity. He was in a tent and would not complain or seek to leave. When David chose to change the “dwelling” of the Lord, the Most High looked beyond the request and discovered the rationale.
David wanted the Lord in his territory forever and God answered to that. God dwelt in the house of David and, as expected in every place where God is, blessed the household and remained with it. The dynasty of David remained until now; we have the true King of Kings, Jesus Christ, from the tribe of Judah and the line of David.
Could we find a place for God in our lives? If we manage to give God the space, we have solidify an undiluted and indestructible presence of blessings and favours. Moses and Joshua would not pick to serve God forever casually or for no reason. Until now, their blessings and mentioned and recollected. Let our hearts replace the manger so that Jesus would get a dwelling place and our generation will remain blessed until eternity.
~That God will open our eyes to the important realities of life
~That God will dwell with us
~For the humility and heart to receive God and remain with him
(Rev Fr Joseph Nyarko Asare of the Catholic Diocese of Obuasi)