4th Sunday of Advent- December 18, 2022
Theme:” Go and Proclaim with Love”
First Reading: Isaiah 7:10-17
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 80:1-2,6-7,17-18
Second Reading: Romans 1:1-7
Gospel Reading: Matthew 1:18-25
Homily by Fr. Romie-Jun Peñalosa
As we light the 4th candle of Advent today symbolizing love, Father Jun reminded us of the other attributes that we should develop, hope, faith, and joy. These are the right characters that we should nurture as we face the onset of the year, and as we anticipate the second coming of Jesus Christ. We need to cultivate these characters especially that we will be challenged by mission works. We need to establish hope so that we will not only stay at wishful thinking; faith, through a plan of action, joy to keep us going despite difficulties and love that will sustain us all  throughout our lives.


Our theme in this Advent always start with the term “Go”. “To go” means to be deliberate in what we are going to do; to proclaim and make known the message of the Gospel; to take action not only in our words, but through the life we live.


The world is fed up by people who speak so much yet do not model what they speak in their lives. And so the need to go out and proclaim the message of God through our lives must be deliberately made with hope in our hearts, with faith and joy, and in love. And in order to proclaim the Gospel, we need to be courageous as a people.


Father Jun believes that in order for the message of the Gospel to be effectively brought out to the world, we need to receive it properly first.


Today, the scripture reading teaches us that the Gospel starts at home. In the context of family, we need to be courageous enough to receive the Gospel. Joseph being a righteous man, when he heard the “Good News” was afraid first. But when the angel of the Lord told him not to be afraid, he took courage and obeyed God immediately. Courage pushes us to do what is right, and if we do and obey what is right, God always intervenes in our life.


The seed of the Gospel is always planted in the family. This is why Jesus came to the world in human form. The Gospel is truly nurtured in the atmosphere of love. How we nurture and cultivate the Gospel in our family will determine how far we can go in our mission as a church. We should share the Gospel in our family by sharing our life with them because the message of the Gospel is intricately embedded in our own story. Once the “Word of God” is well planted and watered within the family, that family is transformed, will change, and will begin to bloom, spreading their influence to the community and farther in the world.


The world is longing for the Gospel. It takes courage to evangelize our own home, but by the grace of God, we can start it and be mindful of the calling to bring out the Gospel, to be courageous in receiving and proclaiming the word of God.


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