Homily for Saturday of the Christmastide Year A (1)

Homily for Saturday of the Christmastide Year A


By: Rev. Fr. Jacob Aondover ATSU


Homily for Saturday January 4 2020

READINGS: 1JOHN 3:7-10, PSALM 98, JOHN 1:35-42

Jesus came into the world to restore creation to its original dignity and hand same to God. He came as light to dispel the darkness that hovered over creation. More so, he came as a saviour to ransom those who were slaves to sin. Also, he came as a just judge, anointed by God to free prisoners, liberate the marginalized and oppressed; judge the unjust and preach God to the poor (Lk. 4:18ff). He came to destroy the works of the devil (1Jn. 3:8) and by extension, those who refusing his call to repentance, goes about working for the devil through acts of sin. Imagine how disappointed Christ would be given our sinfulness.

Brethren, our sins technically, undo the works of Christ. He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world (Jn. 1:29). To sin, is to bring back the very thing he came into the world to abolish.

All too often my beloved brethren, we fail to follow Christ who constantly invites us to come and see his abode (Jn. 1:39). We have over time received invitations to true repentance and sincere conversion, but unlike Peter, Andrew and the other disciples who went after Christ seeking redemption and his divine touch, we choose to do otherwise. Using human language let me say that we constantly frustrate Jesus’ efforts towards the cleansing of humanity.

When we do wrong, when we hate our brethren, then we are not of God (1Jn.3:10). When we engage in anti-love (Christian) activities such as, character assassination, avarice, endless hoarding and embezzlement of public funds and assets to the detriment of the many poor of the land; when we are wicked, ‘callously despotic’ and evil, we only succeed in dethroning God, the rightful owner of our lives and enthroning satan, the thief.


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