HOMILY FOR THE MEMORIAL OF ST. NICHOLAS, BISHOP. (2)










HOMILY FOR THE MEMORIAL OF ST. NICHOLAS, BISHOP.

THEME: Console my people!

BY: Rev Fr Oselumhense Anetor (Uromi Diocese)

HOMILY FOR DECEMBER 6.

Is.40:1-11; Matt.18:12-14

In my pastoral ministry, I have come across people in need of consolation on numerous occasions. Sometimes, they are so hard up, it’s difficult for me to sleep at night. Today, I remember these and many more as Isaiah speaks words of consolation to Israel: ‘Here is your God. He comes with power. He is like a Shepherd feeding his flock, gathering lambs in his arms, holding them against his breast and leading to their rest the mother ewes.’ Ps 30:5 tells us that sorrow may last all night, but joy comes in the morning.

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Friends, God has not abandoned us. The gospel reading gives us the assurance that God can leave ninety-nine in search of one lost sheep. We should be encouraged by these words. Have you heard of St Nicholas of Myra? He was Bishop of Myra, in Lycia (now part of Turkey). The saintly man was a Shepherd after God’s heart. He lived his life in service of the Church, especially the poor. The legend and stories of Santa Claus (Father Christmas) is actually from the Dutch version of St. Nicholas – Sinterklaas. We are called to imitate his example and be Father Christmases in our own way. We must bring back those who stray, alleviate the sufferings of those around us as best we can, and console those who mourn.

Good morning dear. God bless your day ahead.

 

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