HOMILY FOR DECEMBER 6, MEMORIAL OF SAINT NICHOLAS, BISHOP.
THEME: God does not will that the little ones be lost.
BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe, SMA.
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
*FROM OUR FIRST READING*
Our first reading this morning consists of the opening eleven verses of the book of Second Isaiah, as he is often termed. It is a message of consolation to a people who have endured many years of exile in Babylon. The prophet announces that God will soon act to bring them home. He will behave like a shepherd going out after lambs that have strayed. The reading ends with that very tender image of the shepherd gathering lambs in his arms and holding them against his breast.
*FROM THE GOSPEL READING*
The gospel reading picks up on the image of God that is found in the first reading, but it also brings it a bit further. The story of the shepherd who leaves the ninety nine to go in search of the one who has strayed is an image of Jesus’ own ministry – not just his ministry while he worked in Galilee, but his ministry today.https://www.homilyhub.com/homily-for-december-6-memorial-of-saint-nicholas-bishop-1/
The Lord notices the one, the individual. He is interested in us as individuals, not just as members of a larger group. He relates to us as individuals; he calls each of us by name; the one is important to him and not just the many. The Lord calls us into community, but his relationship with us is deeply personal. This Advent we are invited to listen more attentively so that we can hear the Lord call our name.
And let always remember that, the Lord values each one of us; he calls each one of us by name; none of us is expendable in his sight. The Lord is equally devoted to each one of us. The readings of today in a special way, calls on us to value each other as much as the Lord values each one of us.
Peace be with You!
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