Homily for Saturday before Epiphany Year C

Homily for Saturday before Epiphany Year C

Homily for Saturday before Epiphany  Year C

Theme: To follow Jesus

By: Fr. Benny Tuazon

(Jn. 1:43-51) Saturday Before Epiphany

In today’s Gospel Jesus calls His disciples. One by one they begin to follow Jesus. As in the previous Gospel, Jesus invited them to come and see. It was not just an invitation at that moment but a way of life. Following Jesus involves the whole person, 24/7, and everywhere one goes. Interestingly, John talks about sin in the first reading. There was a time when sin was seen as an individual act and not connected with other sins and affects only individuals. Now, it is seen as also communal. Furthermore, sin may develop into a way of life, a pattern of behaviour.

Baptism is just the beginning of Christian life. It makes us a member of the family of God. We are given a new life in Christ. As a gift, it entails responsibilities. There are things which we must do in order to maintain our holiness, our discipleship. As we grow older, our tasks become bolder and challenging. Another sacrament, Confirmation, is given to us to help us become soldiers of Christ. As a confirmed individual, we are anointed with oil as a symbol of our capacity to elude sins and mission. Sacraments are not mere rituals which we undergo to complete our Christianity. They contain graces which will equip us to do the tasks for which they were intended. They are sacraments of discipleship. Sin is also seen that way. Sin is a way of life .We do not see them separately. It will be a mistake not to recognize them as a series of evil actions that make up the individual person. At the same time, it is a testimony of the absence of Christ in their lives. Envy, for example, is the root of many sins like some murders, robberies, deceptions, etc. Included in them are a lot of lies. Discipleship is a lifetime mission and life. No part of our person should be left untouched by Jesus, our Master. There maybe some weaknesses and even failures when we try to live our discipleship. But we have a merciful God. He is always there not only to give us second chances, but to support us in our discipleship. Thus, we need to be connected with Him always. We must establish a relationship with Jesus so that we will always have a focus, a leader, and a God to set our eyes on to follow.

Baptism is just the beginning of Christian life. It makes us a member of the family of God. We are given a new life in Christ. As a gift, it entails responsibilities. There are things which we must do in order to maintain our holiness, our discipleship. As we grow older, our tasks become bolder and challenging. Another sacrament, Confirmation, is given to us to help us become soldiers of Christ. As a confirmed individual, we are anointed with oil as a symbol of our capacity to elude sins and mission. Sacraments are not mere rituals which we undergo to complete our Christianity. They contain graces which will equip us to do the tasks for which they were intended. They are sacraments of discipleship.

Sin is also seen that way. Sin is a way of life .We do not see them separately. It will be a mistake not to recognize them as a series of evil actions that make up the individual person. At the same time, it is a testimony of the absence of Christ in their lives. Envy, for example, is the root of many sins like some murders, robberies, deceptions, etc. Included in them are a lot of lies.

Discipleship is a lifetime mission and life. No part of our person should be left untouched by Jesus, our Master. There maybe some weaknesses and even failures when we try to live our discipleship. But we have a merciful God. He is always there not only to give us second chances, but to support us in our discipleship. Thus, we need to be connected with Him always. We must establish a relationship with Jesus so that we will always have a focus, a leader, and a God to set our eyes on to follow.

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