Homecoming is the central theme of the Scripture readings for the Second Sunday of Advent. All three readings focus on the absolute necessity of our getting ready for Christ’s “Homecoming” into our hearts and lives by true repentance, reparation, prayer and the renewal of our lives.
Soldiers coming home to kids! Soldiers surprise homecoming surprising kids. This video will melt your heart! (10:13)
Getting ready for Christ's homecoming
The internet is filled with compilation videos of soldiers coming home to family and loved ones. To all those men and women who spent their lives away from their families, so we can stay with ours ...we salute you.
Go up on to a high mountain, Zion, herald of glad tidings; cry out at the top of your voice, Jerusalem, herald of good news! Fear not to cry out and say to the cities of Judah: Here is your God! (Isaiah 40:9)
A south Georgia soldier gave his son the surprise of his life Wednesday. Seven year-old Dylan Bass had no idea that his father was coming home from Iraq. He was surprised to find out WALB News Ten was doing a story about education featuring his class at Turner County Elementary. But, Dylan's real surprise was walking down the hall.
When Sergeant Bass walked into the classroom, Dylan screamed "DAD!" and ran and huge his dad. A crowd of students, teachers, and family surrounded the embarrassing two, most with tears in their eyes.
It is an unbelievable story. Now, this father and son have two weeks to do the things they love the most. "Play football, baseball, basketball, and watch the Miami Hurricanes," said Dylan. A much needed homecoming that started with an unforgettable surprise.Source: A soldier's homecoming surprises son (October 27, 2004)
On this second Sunday of Advent, each of the selections from Scripture would also have us consider the notion of coming home – Babylonian exiles coming home, shalom or perfect peace coming home and Jesus the Savior “coming home” into our lives.
All three readings focus on the absolute necessity of our getting ready for Christ’s “Homecoming” into our hearts and lives by true repentance, reparation, prayer and the renewal of our lives.
In the first reading, Isaiah assures his people that the Lord will restore their homeland to them and care for them as a shepherd cares for the sheep.
The Responsorial Psalm (Ps 85) also speaks of the return of shalom (perfect peace), and pardon to the people.
The second reading gives an answer to those who scoff at the expectation of the Second Coming of Christ, explaining that God’s way of reckoning time is different from ours and that God has His own reasons for delaying Christ’s second coming. Peter gives us the assurance that Jesus is sure to come again although we do not know when.
Finally, the Gospel tells us that the restoration of the fallen world has already begun, starting with the arrival of John the Baptist, the messenger and forerunner of the Messiah. John speaks of one, more powerful than he – Jesus Christ – who will baptize us with the Holy Spirit.Source: Fr. Tony's Homilies
LeeAnn Michelle (26:13)
Sensus Fidelium (20:55)