Homily for Friday, 7th day within the Octave of Christmas
Theme: The Word Made Fresh And Dwelt Among Us Sinners!
By: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA
Homily for Friday December 31 2021
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
1 John 2:18-21
Dear brethrens, today is the 7th Day in the Octave of Christmas and the last day of the calendar year. Today in the night we will ring in a New Year. But in our readings we hear about God doing something new with the coming of the Christ which we celebrated on Christmas Day last week and we continue to celebrate throughout this Christmas Season.
*FROM THE GOSPEL READING OF TODAY*
The Gospel of today starts out, “In the beginning…” This is the same way the Book of Genesis starts out, “In the beginning…” when God did something new by creating the heavens and the earth. John starts out his Gospel with these same words because God did something new by sending His Son into the world signaling a new creation begun in Christ. The Gospel said, “And the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us…” With this new thing God revealed Himself to us through His Son. He made Himself present to us. John the Baptist testified that this Son of God, the Light, has come into the world to enlighten those who would receive Him.
*WHAT WE LEARN ON THIS LAST DAY OF THE YEAR 2021*
Dear brothers and sisters, one of the great ancient philosophers by the name of Socrates, once said that, “An unreflected life is not worth living.”
Therefore, while the new year is really just the continuation of of our daily life, it is good to mark an end and a beginning in order for us to make an evaluation of what had passed and make corrections and plan for the future. The first few weeks of the year maybe designated as reflection days while we continue with our daily tasks.
It is also at this point when we renew our faith in the Lord Jesus who had become flesh and ministered to us through the chose people. He died and resurrected in order to free us from sin and make us worthy of the Kingdom. Do we remain in darkness or embrace the true light, Jesus Christ? While we anticipate another year, we must be aware that life is contingent. Surprises may happen anytime. We must live our life to the full. And that only happens with Jesus.
A Blessed Crossover to 2022, may the New Year bring blessings upon each one you in Jesus name!
Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA