Tìm Kiếm

1 tháng 12, 2014

Homily for the 1st Sunday of Advent – Year B (November 30, 2014)

Never Let My Thirst For You Fade Away

Fr. Francis Nguyen, O.P.

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

As we begin the Advent Season today, the Church urges us to keep ourselves watchful and well prepared for the coming of Christ.

Christ indeed came into the world two thousand years ago.  We will celebrate His Birthday in twenty five more days.  We have to make Christmas a joyful feast for all families and all peoples, Christians and non-Christians alike.  Christmas has become an indispensable part of social life for all of us, adults and children alike.

These activities, meaningful and important though, are not all that the Church means by “being watchful.”  Too much focus on merely human dimensions of Christmas of which the celebration has been obviously secularized and commercialized sometimes turns Christians asleep and clumsy.  In these days, people even celebrate a Christmas without Christ.  Just have a quick glimpse at greetings and wishes written on Christmas cards and banners and you see it hard to find any reminder of Christ’s existence on earth.   This evil plan to erase Christian civilization is disguised as respect for freedom of religion in a pluralistic society.

Instead, “being watchful” means to us, you and me, Christians, something more profound. “Being watchful” could be understood in two aspects: one in a sense of history and another in a sense of faith.

Christ did promise to come back one day to put an end to all forms of evil on this earth, and to bring justice and peace to humanity.  We believe this truth and we keep waiting for His coming in glory.

More important is our firm conviction that we do need Christ, the true Lord and Savior of the world, as much as people thousands of years ago needed Him and kept themselves watchful before His first coming in history.  We suffer losses of moral and religious values. Personal and selfish interests prevail over concerns for common good.  This happens not only in the world but also in the community of Christians.  Thirst for money and power has destroyed honesty and charity.  We get confused about who is really ruling over the world, God or someone else?

Advent Season, therefore, proves itself to be so timely that should we know how to make full use of it, we may keep our thirst for Christ always alive and creative. 

On the top of the comfort brought by power and riches we are reminded, as Saint Paul loves to insist, of the passing away of worldly realities.

At the bottom of misfortune and suffering caused by ingratitude and injustice, we will not lose our hope for Christ’s final victory over forces of evil.

Let us never let our thirst for Christ fade away.
Fr. Francis Nguyen, O.P.