December 10, 2017

A HOMILY FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT –  CYCLE “B” –  DECEMBER 10TH, 2017  –  SMG

+  Pax et Bonum!    Peace and goodness to you this day!

When I was a kid, my brothers and I spent a lot of time listening to the Chicago Cubs, on both the radio, and the TV.   And during that time, the one voice of the Cubs, was Harry Caray. You could hear that man’s distinctive voice, and you knew immediately, even the on the radio, that you were listening to the Cubs.  Of course, I didn’t realize that before that, Harry Caray also was an announcer in St. Louis for the Cardinals.   When you think of the Pacers, I always think of the “Voice of the Pacers” as Bobby “Slick” Leonard, because he’s been around, like forever.  But Mark Boyle actually is the one that they call, the Voice of the Pacers.   But when it comes to the Indianapolis 500, there was only one voice that is forever etched in our memories, and that’s Tom Carnegie.   Mr. Carnegie died in 2011, but who will ever forget his “It’s a new track record!”

The Voice of Advent is also certainly the one that we hear today in our Gospel.  St. John the Baptist is the Voice!  Every Advent, on the Second Sunday of this Holy Season, we hear about John the Baptist.  And more importantly, we hear his call to repentance.  You see, today John’s words are addressed to us.  Two-thousand years ago, he may have been talking to all those folks who came out to hear him in the desert.  But today, St. John the Baptist is talking to us.  Today, we repent.  Today we know, that the Kingdom of God is at hand!

That means, first of all, that it is time for all of us to take an honest accounting of our lives.  In the quiet of Advent, just like two-thousand years ago, in the quiet of the desert, we need to take a good, hard look at our lives.  What part of our life is NOT like Jesus?  How can we be more loving, more forgiving, more kind?  How can we be more an example of hope for others?  How can we better serve God?   Those are tough questions.  And not is our time to answer them.  It is as though John the Baptist himself, is asking us about our lives.  Today and this Advent, we hear his voice!  It’s a call to be honest,  honest with God and honest with ourselves.

Secondly, John the Baptist’s voice, echoes in our hearts as it call us to change.  Anybody can know what the problems are, this Advent we pray for the courage to change our lives.  Isn’t that the amazing thing about all those people who went out into the desert to hear John the Baptist?  They did change their lives.  They were baptized.  They turned things around, and came back different people!  This Advent, we need the courage to also change every aspect of our lives, that doesn’t conform to the Life of Christ.  In 2017, almost 2018, that takes a lot of courage.  It also takes a lot of trust that God is going to help us, and that God is going to give us everything that we need!  With God’s help, let us truly change our lives this Advent, to make them more like Jesus!   Pay attention to this Voice.  John the Baptist calls us to Jesus!

We are very happy today, to welcome our friends from the Little Sisters of the Poor, who make their annual visit to St. Maria Goretti this weekend.  Each year, the Sisters invite all of us to share in their ministry at St. Augustine’s Home in Indianapolis.  It’s great to have them back.  Please welcome Sister to our Mass today…

 

+  May Almighty God bless us,  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit…                                     AMEN !!!

St. Maria Goretti…         Pray for us !!!