Tuesday of the 3rd week of Advent year A

Theme: Let your yes be yes!

Today the church celebrates the memorial of St. Lucy virgin and martyr. She is one of the few women that is commemorated in the canon of the church. She willingly gave her life for her faith in God. The story of the two brothers told by Jesus in today’s gospel, is a way to encourage us to always mean what we say and say what we mean at all times. Also, it is a call to repentance for you and I during this season of Advent, as we continue to prepare for the coming of our savior Jesus Christ. Just like the first son who initially said no and later repented and did his father’s request, we can also retrace our step and take the path of Christ that will lead us to eternal life. As we continue to move towards the coming of Christ dearly beloved in Christ, we are all encouraged to embrace our faith with conviction and live it out in our daily lives, just like St. Lucy whose memorial we celebrate today gladly did. It is never too late to begin the process of conversion, stop procrastinating and begin yours today.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, we need to take the admonition of Jesus seriously, because we want to be among those who will make their way to heaven and not those who will be counted out because of the wrong choices we made while we were alive. In view of this, we are all encouraged to make honest and sincere effort to live according to the gospel imperatives in our daily lives. We are capable of becoming saints after our life here on earth, if we make honest effort to be true witness of Christ in our daily life wherever we find ourselves. Is there anything that is stopping you from retracing your step and going back to the Lord, pray about it and ask for Gods intervention. No individual or situation should stop us from returning back to seek the face of God in our lives.

Also in the 1st reading of today, there is a call to repentance by extension to you and I as followers of Christ. We are encouraged today to take that bold step and return back to God, as we better our chances of making heaven. As we continue to strive to become better Christians may almighty God bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Peace be with you.

Memorial of St. Lucy virgin and Martyr, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp