YEAR A: HOMILY FOR THURSDAY OF THE 1ST WEEK OF ADVENT
HOMILY THEME: HOUSE 0N THE ROCK
BY: Rev. Fr. Jacob Aondover ATSU
HOMILY: READINGS: ISAIAH 26:1-6, PSALM 118, MATTHEW 7:21.24-27
We thank God who has been for us (from January to date) an everlasting rock (Isa. 26:4); protecting us from the various floods and horrendous winds that came our way in the past months. Let me also challenge all of us to walk righteously in this remaining part of the year and keep our faith and trust in the ‘Coming Messiah’ alive. That so, we may be setting our paths straight and establishing firm foundations so as to withstand the many stormy challenges that lie ahead.
Friends in the Lord, Jesus was a craftsman who knew all about the building of houses. In Palestine, there were many gullies that were pleasant sandy hollows in summer, but in winter, these became raging torrents of rushing water; builders therefore needed to be careful on which land they built and what foundation they laid. For Jesus, hearing his words and acting on them is a needful requisite for entrance into eternity. He that hears his words and keeps them faithfully is likened to a wise man who built his house on rock and no tempest or rage or torment prevails against it.
What is it I see now; a generation of so-called Christians whose houses of faith are built on sandy foundations definitely! I see in us a people who hear God’s words everyday but seldom act on it. I see a generation of hypocrites who parade themselves as Christians yet hardly abide by the littlest command of God. I also see in my generation an active group of humans who are ‘busy-bodies’ speaking always in the name of God but acting ALWAYS in the opposite direction. That is not all, I see in this generation a hoard of ‘Church-goers’ who are everything but Christians given our tsufirii lifestyles.
The call my brothers and sisters this Advent is for us to be that righteous nation which keeps faith in God, whose mind is perpetually stayed on him, who trusts in God come what may, so that when the gates the gates of eternity are opened by Christ, we too may walk in (Isa. 26:2-4). This is realizable through our obedience of the words of God. May we not harden our hearts but obey God’s words when we hear them today thereby building for ourselves strong faith foundations unshaken by both storm and wind, amen.
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