Second Sunday of Advent (B) 2020 – Homily
The Gospel of Saint Mark (MK 1: 1-8) explains to us that Saint John the Baptist, who was the last prophet sent by God, preached on a conversion and a radical change of life. John the Baptist, the forerunner of the Messiah, warned that he has come to “Prepare a way for the Lord, making his paths straight.” How did he perform? He fulfilled that mission with his integrity.
St. Mark tells us that “John the Baptist appeared in the desert proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” We being in the second Sunday of Advent, invites us for repentance and conversion. The Lord wants us to acknowledge and repent from our sins in preparation for the arrival of the Saviour into our lives this Christmas once again. It is a great time for us to make the genuine conversion and create a room and space for the good Lord to come in, by taking the example of John the Baptist. We can make this Advent season as a way for a true repentance.
We have 2 more weekends to celebrate Christmas with our families and communities. It is a right time to make our ways and paths straight from all the crooked ways. Let us not lose our sense of direction, a journey towards the nativity of the Lord. We need to let go whatever sins that are holding us and preventing us from coming closer to Jesus’ heart.
We allow the Spirit of Lord to penetrate into our hearts and it’s also be our desire to empty ourselves from sins that is holding us back, disallowing Jesus to truly embrace us with His love. Let the love of Jesus alone live in the depths of our hearts.
During this COVID-19 pandemic, the global faces lots of challenges and trials; and people do get emotionally disturbed and physically exhausted, while waiting for the world to be healed from this deadly virus. We are really in the difficult time. We do not know whether we will be coming back to Church like the usual, and how we will miss the Christmas and New Year Masses, like the good ole days!!! We just hope and stay at peace till 20 December 2020, until the uplifting from CMCO to RMCO so that we are able to come back for the Christmas celebration in the Church once again.
Till then, let us make a sincere conversion and repentance as a preparation to come back to Church to celebrate Jesus in Eucharist, as communities this Christmas. Let us examine ourselves as we prepare ourselves to welcome Jesus back into our lives.
“LORD, let us see Your kindness and grant us Your salvation.” (Ps 85).
Rev. Fr. George Packiasamy