HOMILY FOR FRIDAY OF THE 3RD WEEK OF ADVENT.
THEME: YOUR LIFE IS A TESTIMONY.
BY: Fr. Karabari Paul.
“He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light.”
Nothing should give us more happiness than finding delight in being true to our mission on earth. To be a hidden glory to Our Creator. In the Gospel of today (John 5:33-36) Jesus Himself acknowledged the role of John the Baptist in the history of salvation. He came to testify to the truth about the coming of the Messiah and how to prepare for it. He did not only testify in words but his life story was a testimony by itself. That is why Jesus calls him “a burning and shining lamp”. John was light to the people and some of them relished being in the light. However, many others rejected the light.
Jesus is the true light. He testified about the truth of the Father in heaven. He is the ultimate Light. Yet many of the people during His time rejected this Light and still many people today keeps on rejecting this Light until today.
Every human being is created to be a burning and shining lamp. Sins dim our lamp. Our individual life should be a testimony to the goodness of our Creator. We must be a true reflection and fulfilment of whom God has created us to be. We all have a mission like John the Baptist. But the glory doesn’t end with us. God receives must be the ultimate. The description of John by Jesus as a burning and shining lamp shows that John was true to his nature. Are we fulfilling our mission on earth? Do people see us and give glory to God? God knows our roles and when we are not performing them.
Jesus is calling us to be the light to our dark world. He is calling us to testify to the Light. Like John the Baptist and Jesus Christ Himself, we may be rejected and our testimony goes unheard or even criticized but we should not be discouraged. This is our mission and we should never give up testifying to the truth about the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. GOD IS STILL ON THE THRONE. May God have mercy on us, restore, bless and protect us through Christ Our Lord Amen. Good morning.
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