HOMILY FOR TUESDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT YEAR B.
HOMILY THEME: BLESSED ARE THE EYES THAT SEE WHAT YOU SEE
BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon
In the day’s Gospel Jesus prays to the Father and stayed His faithfulness to His mission. No one will be lost. Everyone will be graced with the salvation He will wrought from the cross. Then, He addressed His disciples and told them how blessed are they for having seen what others would have wanted to see yet did not have the opportunity.
Of course, Jesus was referring to Himself, the Messiah, the one who is to come and much anticipated. It includes His messages and His deeds like the miracles and His passion, death, and resurrection. In a way, Jesus was telling them that they do not have a reason not to believe. But it turned out not to be enough for many Jews even to some of His disciples. It just probes that seeing to believe is not the right attitude.
Remember Thomas who demanded to see first the wounds of the Lord before he can believe that Jesus really rose from the dead? Jesus graciously granted His demand. He went back to the cenacle where the apostles were gathered and showed Thomas his wounds. And Jesus praised those who had not seen yet they believed.
We are in the season of Advent. It is the season of anticipation of the Lord’s coming. Do you expect Jesus to come as He did more than 2000 years ago? Are you still in that ‘to see is to believe’ attitude? Will your standards be still limited to material provisions in order to believe Jesus’ coming and presence? Let us take advantage of this season. Our faith has reserved these days to help us reflect on the coming of the Lord. May we grow in faith to a point when we need not see to believe but believe so we can see.