HOMILY FOR SATURDAY THE SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT

HOMILY FOR SATURDAY THE SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT

Sirach 48:1-4, 9-11; Psalm 80; Matthew 17:10-13

The first reading speaks of Elijah. It tells us of all he did and makes us to understand that the prophet Elijah will come again. Correspondingly, Jesus remarked in the Gospel; “Elijah has come already and they did not recognize him”.  Two persons are inferred here: the Prophet Elijah in the Old Testament and John the Baptist in the New Testament. Jewish interpretation confused the two events and the two personages, reducing them to one. This mistake has been committed by many modern and Contemporary preachers. Though John had all the traits of Elijah; John is not Elijah reincarnated. Many people still believe in reincarnation today. The doctrine of the Church teaches that when our earthly life is completed, we shall not return to other earthly lives. Hebrews 9:27 says “it is appointed for men once to die and after that comes judgment. Therefore, there is no reincarnation after death. Rather we are challenged to rise in the spirit, character and mission of Elijah and John the Baptist.

LET US PRAY

Grant that your people, we pray, almighty God, may be ever watchful for the coming of your Only Begotten Son, that, as the author of our salvation himself has taught us, we may hasten, alert and with lighted lamps, to meet him when he comes. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.

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Fr. Daniel Evbotokhai is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Auchi, Edo State, Nigeria. He was ordained October 20th, 2018. He offers his daily homilies, talks and articles that bother on, faith, theology, morals and many other burning issues in religion and politics. Fr. Daniel writes poems, inspirational quotes and clips.

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