2nd Sunday of Advent, Year C

Sunday, December 9, 2018
Fr. Kyle
Homily transcription: 

Luke begins this week’s gospel dropping the names of all the great and powerful people during that time.  People like the Emperor Tiberius, Herod the tetrarch and the high priests Caiaphas and Annas.  And then Luke mentions John the son of Zechariah who was basically a long-haired hippy wandering around the desert speaking about the forgiveness of sins and the coming of our savior.  If he was living today he would probably wear camel hair socks with sandals and have his hair up in a man-bun.

Of all these figures that are mentioned in the gospel, which is most remembered?  Which one’s words have had the greatest impact on the world over the last couple thousand years?  The powerful Emperor Tiberius?  The rich Herod the Tetrach?  No!  It was John the Baptist.  What has the most impact on the world; what makes the biggest difference in the lives around us is not power or money or title.  It is preaching the truth and joy of Christ through our words and especially our actions.

One of my good friends graduated here from ISU back in 2006 with a degree in marketing.  His plan was to land a lucrative job in marketing, get married and have one, maybe 2 kids (any more than that could get in the way of career).  About a year ago I got together with him at a “local establishment” for beer and sports and we talked about his family of now 6 kids.  He showed me a picture on his phone of him dancing with his 3-year-old daughter at the school’s daddy daughter dance and he spoke about how much joy this brought her.  I remember he said he could come up with the greatest idea or successful thing at work and most people will forget it in a month.  But to make his little girl smile with uninhibited joy like that is the best impact I could make on the world.  And as he said this his eyes started to tear up, which caused my eyes to tear up.  And I said, “dude we can’t do this, where here for beer and sports!”

It is not the power of an emperor like Tiberius; it’s not the success of a CEO; it’s not even a straight A report card on your final exams that has the most impact on the world.  It is the truth and joy of Christ that has the power to impact lives and stand the test of time.  Do we want to make a difference in the lives of your loved ones?  Do we want to make and impact in the world?  We do not need to be powerful or successful.  All we need to do is take the simple example of John the Baptist.  To spread the truth and Joy of our savior and prepare the way of the Lord.