December 10, 2017 Homily
Console My People;
2nd Sunday of Advent 2014 12/10/2017
Readings: Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 84; 2Peter 3:8-14; Mark 1:1-18
By Rev. Bob Johnnene OFM
Mission Sts Sergius & Bacchus/ Order Franciscans of Mercy
“Console my people, console them, says the Lord” with these words from our first reading of the day begins we should be reminded that our God is a God of mercy.
The dictionary gives the following meanings for Console; to comfort, to make feel less sad or disappointed.
We do not make people feel comfortable when we are constantly chiding them for things that they have no control over.
We do not make people less sad when we tell them that they are unwanted in God’s house because they are different than we are.
If someone had committed a grievous sin like murder, robbery, or cursing Almighty God and sought forgiveness we know that the God we worship, the father of Our Lord Jesus Christ, would forgive them if they just asked His forgiveness sincerely.
So why do we reject those whose only “crime” is being divorced or because God created them with an attraction to person of their own sex or because they are of a different skin color than we are or from a country that is often referred too as a third world nation, as if that could happen unless the person is from another planet since there is only one planet earth as far as I know and even if they were from another planet, since God created all things, then they would, like us, be a child of God.
The reading from Isaiah begins with these words “Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God.” That is what God expects us to do toward every person that is facing difficult times, is ill, lost a job, is homeless or, recently immigrated into in our country from Mexico, El Salvador or Pakistan, with little more than the clothes on their back in search of a better life but willing to work hard to make that happen for their family.
We need to reach out to those people just as we do for those who have lost everything they own through wild fires like those that devastated so many sections of California this past week or the natural disasters in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Mexico recently.
We need to take heed of the warning found in 2nd Peter “the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a mighty roar and the elements will be dissolved by fire, and the earth and everything done on it will be found out.” therefore we need to be ready to answer for how we lived life to God but also have faith and hope because the second reading also tells us that God wants NOBODY to be lost. 
The second reading also reminds us that a Lord’s day could be a thousand of our years and a thousand years to God is but a moment.
We are all God’s children and brothers and sisters of Christ, we are here to do God’s work in our time, so we can achieve eternal and everlasting life with God and all the heavenly elect when our time here on earth is over.
Throughout all the Gospels and Epistles, we read how Jesus reached out to the poor, the sick, the lame, lepers, all those others considered “the unclean” of His time even the non-Jew or gentile.
He did withhold His love and healing from anyone even those who were not of His faith. No! He reached out to ALL people.
God desires we work constantly to come into a closer union with Him by participating in the Sacraments, prayer, and service to His children, especially those who have often been neglected, abused, or discriminated against.
Christ exemplified God’s infinite mercy and love toward everyone he met and we, as followers of Christ, need to also act as He did. 
We need to be concerned for the well being of every person on the face of the earth, respect life, reject violence, poverty, discrimination and take excellent care of this planet God gave us dominion over.
During this Advent season, as we prepare to celebrate the wondrous birth of Our Savior, let us take a good inventory of how we are doing when it comes to living the gospels every day of our life. 
Let us go forward trying to live our life, mindful of the needs of all God’s children, making any changes we need too so we give the gift of ourselves to the Christ Child as loving, caring, children of God, his brothers and sisters who adhere to all his teachings. AMEN