Fr Hugh’s Homily for Second Sunday of Advent
My Nana’s house always had a front room ready for visitors. Unused and generally tidy, though the ironing did slip into it sometimes. If a special guest came it would be into that room they would be taken. The rest of us were in the back room by the gas fire. For me, if someone comes, I have to do a quick rush round and pick up the papers on the floor, put the cushions back on the couch, shift a few books. For bigger events people often spend quite a time getting the house ready. Christmas lunch often means shifting a table or tables about and rearranging the furniture. Advent is a time when we are awaiting a special guest, obviously Jesus. We prepare to celebrate his first coming and look at our lives to see if we are living as we would like to, he would want us to, in expectation of his second arrival….