Friday of the 3rd week of Advent year A

Theme: Embrace the sacred

In the 1st reading of today, the prophet Isaiah is encouraging us to embrace the life of holiness and treat the things of God with the sacredness that it deserves. Never at any point get too use to the sacred and begin to desecrate that which should be kept holy. As many of us that remain steadfast and does not profane what is holy, the Lord has assured through his prophet Isaiah that he will take to the holy mountain. Remember that the word of God is always fulfilled, his words do not return back to him until it is accomplished. It is our desire to be with the Lord at the end of our stay here on earth, let us continue to strive to live a good and holy life that is pleasing before the Lord. The Lord assures all those who do not profane what is holy that their prayers and petitions will be answered by the Lord. This is a wonderful assurance coming from God himself and should be taken seriously by all those who have faith and believe in God.

Dearly beloved in Christ, the season of Advent presents us the opportunity to reflect about our consciousness about the sacred. We are encouraged to treat the sacred with the holiness that it deserves and never profane it in any way. In the gospel reading of today, Jesus continues to challenge our sense of uprightness in our human relationships. Today he extols the wonderful virtues of John the Baptist in his absence to his audience. This is an action that is gradually becoming a thing of the past amongst many people in our own time. The action of Jesus encourages us to celebrate others when they perform good actions, not minding whether they are our friends or not. It is easier for some of us to promote the negative aspects of others, but not their virtues and strength. The challenge thrown at us today by Jesus himself is that we should be more comfortable to promote the good that is found in the lives of other people and not just their failings and weaknesses. The consciousness that none of us is perfect should always make us humble and slow in the attack of other people.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, as we continue to move closer to Jesus, let us continue to make conscious effort to become better children of God. So that when Christ comes we will be ready to meet him. As you do this 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.


Friday of the 3rd week of Advent year A, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp