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YEAR A: HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY OF THE 2ND WEEK OF ADVENT
HOMILY THEME: God Never Fails.
BY: Fr. Evaristus Abu
“Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:30-31.
In today’s first reading, God seeks to reveal Himself to the prophet Isaiah. When we are trying to describe something entirely new to someone, we often resort to comparisons so that the person can use the idea of what he knows already to understand what he does not know. So God says to Isaiah, “To whom then will you compare me, that I should be like him? This is a really tough question because in truth, there is nothing we use to compare God.
Nevertheless, in the course of that passage, God came up with an answer: “The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary… He gives power to faint… Even youths shall faint and be weary, young men shall fall exhausted but they who wait for the Lord shall… run and never be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”
Only God deserves our complete trust. If God is for us, nothing can harm us. God’s power can never reduce, His strength is everlasting. If we place our trust in God and wait on Him, we shall be like eagles, we shall be victorious, we shall have the last laugh.
This fact is exactly what Jesus re-echoes in today’s Gospel passage: “Come to me all you who labour and heavy laden, and I will give you rest… for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” If we place our trust in God and cast all our fears, worries and troubles (heavy burdens) on Him, we shall mount up wings be like eagles, we shall run and never be tired, walk and never grow faint. We shall be victorious, we shall have the last laugh.
My dear brothers and sisters, what is your burden? Jesus is saying to us today, “Come to Me.” How would you feel if the President of this country tells you, “come and see me?” Happy and hopeful, right? So why are you still troubled? Jesus is the one saying: “Come to Me.” Go and drop the matter right at his feet and let Jesus do what He alone knows how to do best.
What a Friend we have in Jesus.
all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry.
everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
everything to God in prayer.
Let us Pray: Lord Jesus, I trust you and I know you will never fail me. Amen.
Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Advent. Bible Study: Isaiah 40:25-31, Psalm 103:1-4.8.10 and Matthew 11:28-30).