HOMILY: WEDNESDAY 2ND WEEK IN ADVENT (St Lucy, Virgin/Martyr) – YEAR B
THEME: Hope in the Lord!
By: Rev Fr Oselumhense Anetor
Doing good, telling the truth, fighting for justice and fairness can totally drain us. We can even get so discouraged sometimes, we just want to throw in the towel and join the crowd. But Isaiah reminds us that those who hope in the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall never grow weary or faint. Jesus extends the same invitation to us in the gospel reading. He tells us to unburden ourselves before him, and take the lighter yoke he offers instead. Let’s move to Jesus if we currently feel oppressed and overburdened.
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Friends, St. Lucy must have felt burdened by all standards, yet she chose to follow Jesus Christ unwaveringly. She promised her virginity to God from an early age in spite of several persecutions which led to her being killed probably under the persecution of Diocletian which started in 303 AD. The man she was promised in marriage to was the same one to accuse her to the heathen, and even though the fires kindled for her sake didn’t hurt her, the executioner pushed a sword through her heart. Hence, there will always be persecution for the saints, but only those who hold on desperately to Jesus Christ will rise above them.
Good morning dear. God bless your day ahead. St Lucy, pray for Us.
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