Hope you are all doing well.
I had many Birthday wishes and prayers on my birthday. I whole-heartedly thank you for everything. It is your prayers and wishes that keeps me going. Thank you very much.
Once a king was going on his horse in disguise to see how the people lived in his country. He saw everybody was happy and content. He even spoke to some of the people to know how he ruled the peoples. The people said what they felt. Mostly everybody spoke well of the king. The king who was in disguise was happy about what he saw and heard. He started returning home.
On his way back to the palace he had to go through a very tiny village. As he entered the village he saw a beggar with dirty rags on him for his dress and the king learnt that the beggar had nothing to eat in a long time and he was starving. But at the same time, he saw that the beggar was happy. He approached him and said, “Are you not hungry? How are you able to be happy?” The beggar said, “My body is used to these kinds of long starvations and the changing weather. So, I am not unhappy about anything”. The king revealed himself as the king and promised the beggar that he would give him everything he needed, food, clothing and shelter. The beggar happily accepted the offer.
When the king arrived at the palace, he completely forgot about the beggar amidst his busy schedule. After few days he remembered that incident and sent the soldiers to look for him and bring him to the palace. The soldiers came back without the man but with a note from the beggar. The note read like this: His Majesty, I do not know if I will be alive or dead when you read this letter. Until I met you I did not have any expectations and I lived a happy life. When you saw me, you made me a promise that you would take care of my needs which you did not do and I don’t blame you for that. I understand that you are very busy with many other things as a king of the country. Yet I have a request to make to you: Kindly do not promise anybody anything unless you are sure you can do it. When the king finished reading the note his eyes were filled with tears and the soldiers informed him that the beggar was already dead.
In this season of advent, we are looking forward to a king who does not make empty promises. In fact, he is coming only to fulfil the promises that the Father made. He is the realization of the Promise. He is coming to offer the fullness of redemption which is The Promise. Yes, we know that He does not disappoint. This season is given to us to look into the promises we made to Him at our Baptism. Are we good enough to keep that promise? Or do we disappoint Him with our empty or false promises? Whether or not we give empty promises or false promises, we are going to be the losers. So, let us make use of this season of Advent to prepare ourselves to receive Christ, the Promise of the Father so that we may be true to our promises to Him.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. A. Antony