Thursday 30 October 2014

18 December - Season of Advent

We sometimes hear the saying: "Home is where the heart is" and many of us long to be home with our family and loved ones. In many countries where people are dispersed or on the run due to war, disease or some other matter, the longing to be home weighs heavily in their hearts. Even for many of us, when there is a long holiday break or some religious festival, we would take the opportunity to "balik kampung" or "go back home" to enjoy the break with our loved ones. Though we may face long traveling time and horrible traffic jams, the excitement and joy of being with loved ones makes the journey home worth the hassle.

In today's reading, we are told that the Lord would lead His people home to live in their own soil. The reading says: "So, then, the days are coming – it is the Lord who speaks – when people will no longer say, “As the Lord lives who brought the sons of Israel out of the land of Egypt!” but, “As the Lord lives who led back and brought home the descendants of the House of Israel out of the land of the North and from all the countries to which he had dispersed them, to live on their own soil."" Just as the Lord led His people home, He is also beckoning us to come home to Him. We are all pilgrims dispersed in different places, but our being here is only temporary, for our true home is to be with the Lord. Are we excited and enthusiastic in our preparations to come home to the Lord? Are we doing our part in preparing to come home, or have we become quite comfortable in this temporary home?

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