Father Alan's Homily


Second Sunday of Advent

December 8, 2019

The other day while listening to WIRY on the radio, the announcer was talking how the young children will be able again this year to send in letters to Santa Claus. As always they will be read on the radio and have Santa’s ear. 

As we grow older, our wish list is more profound instead of the latest toys and electronic devises. I remember one year when I was young, I received a can of Lincoln logs that was the fifties’ answer for Lego’s where I guess a man built a full size car from them.  Our needs at a different stage in life looks toward peace in the world, in families, and among workers. We tend to long for the things that only God’s kingdom will provide. What dreams to we have today in our own personal lives? 

The first reading from Isaiah envisions a time when a leader will judge righteously. He will care for all people especially the poor and those on the margins of society. The Messiah will be clothed with justice and mercy. The One who is to come will promote harmony like the animals that are natural enemies: where wolf shall be the guest of the lamb and lion will eat hay like the ox. They will be friends. 

In the Letter to the Romans, Paul advocates the community to imitate Christ by their hospitality. He says: live in harmony with one and another in order to glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He tells them as they have been welcomed by Christ so they should welcome one another. Hospitality is essential for creating a community of faith based on love and respect. I wonder how the community of believers is doing these days in Plattsburgh this second week of the new Mass schedule. We should pray for them!

This Second Sunday of Advent give us the familiar scene of John the Baptist calling for the people to repent and prepare for the Lord. John is a portrayed like the Old Testament Prophet Elijah. Remember when Elijah was taken up to heaven in a fiery chariot and he was expected to return before the coming of the Messiah.

The Jews still set a place for at the Passover Meal. For us John the Baptist prepares the way of the Messiah who is Jesus Christ the Lord.

John’s is a message of repentance, turning away from sin and turning back to God. The people responded and were being baptized by John in large numbers as they acknowledged their sins. In doing this, they were welcoming into their lives the kingdom of God.

Like the people who responded to the call to repent, we must do the same by celebrating the Sacrament of Penance where we confess our sins, seek forgiveness and ask for the grace to live new lives in Christ. 

A better world starts with each one of us living lives of holiness and faith building a kingdom which will last forever. Come, Lord Jesus!