Homily for Friday of the Christmastide Year A (1)

Homily for Friday of the Christmastide Year A


READINGS: 1JOHN 2:29-3:6, PSALM 98, JOHN 1:29-34

åThe righteous love it
åThe sinful are forgiven by it
åThe enslaved (demonically) are liberated by it
åThe evil inclined fear it
åJesus, the most important name I know.

“When eight days were completed for his circumcision, he was named Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb” (Lk. 2:21). Today we commemorate the most important name in the history of humanity and of course, eternity too; Jesus, which signifies Saviour, a name that inspires us, that saves us, that liberates us and keeps us going as Christians. Of this name scripture says in Philippians 2:10, “In the name of Jesus, every knee should bend, of those in heaven, on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father”.

Today more than ever are we called to reverence this name. Besides it being a liberating force, it gives us an identity that makes us children of God. Remember, dearly beloved in Christ, Paul tells us in Galatians 4 that Jesus redeemed us from the law thereby adopting us as sons and daughters. That so, we officially qualify for the title: ‘Children of God’ as 1John 3:1 rightly captures.

Beloved, being children of God as occasioned by our adoption by Christ, certain things are demanded of us. We necessarily have to hope in him because doing so helps in purifying us (1Jn. 3:3). Only Christ whose holy name we celebrate today can purify us from our sins; for as John the Baptist pointed out, he is “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (Jn.1:29). Be this as it may, let me admonish that we strive towards acknowledging our sins at least. It is only when we acknowledge our sins truly that sincere contrition is possible. And God does not spurn a humble contrite heart (Psalm 51:19).

As we venerate the most Holy Name of Jesus, may we approach him as a people making efforts to be holy as God himself is (Matt. 6:48). As we do this, may the most Holy Name of Jesus save us from all our perils, amen.


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