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8 tháng 12, 2014

Homily for the II Sunday of Advent – Year B (December 7, 2014)

Fr. Francis Nguyen, O.P. 

Prepare the Way of the Lord

(Second Sunday of Advent—Year B)

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

The resounding voice of Saint John the Baptist “Prepare the way of the Lord” becomes the main topic of this Second Sunday of Advent.

The Great Prophet of the New Testament does not mention a way in general, instead he clarifies and specifies what and whose way it is. 

This is not a certain way, but this is “the way”.  Christ one day will introduce Himself: “I am the Way.”  Christ is the only and unique Way for humanity to walk in.  This is surely the Way that leads to the Truth about God’s merciful love for all of us, and to the Life ever-happy and ever-lasting in His Kingdom.

This is not a way made by man and according to human project.  There are in fact many, large, long, and beautiful ways constructed by man in order to foster economic exchange and social relationship.  However, very few ways can be found for people to have a heart-to-heart meeting. 

Could you please tell me where I can find the way of honor in today’s society when money can buy everything even a person’s soul?      

Could you show me a little bit of honesty in a world where lies have shamelessly reigned over people’s way of life?

The Way of the Lord in which people walk leads them to a change of their hearts, from stony and insensitive hearts to compassionate and loving hearts.

The Way of the Lord in which people walk leads them to a radical conversion, from being selfish and material-oriented to being honest and responsible for the common good.

Therefore, the Way of the Lord is all that we need to reform our life and our relationship.   Without the Way of the Lord, man’s ways only end up in leading us to nowhere.  It would be worse that man’s ways lead to destruction, to death.
Fr. Francis Nguyen, O.P.