Homily for the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord
Theme: The celebration of Christmas
By: Rev. Fr. Jacob Aondover ATSU
Homily for Wednesday December 25 2019
READINGS: ISAIAH 52:7-10, PSALM 98, HEBREWS 1:1-6, JOHN 1:1-18
√•‘THE PRINCE OF PEACE IS COME’.
√•The one called Emmanuel is here.
√•To SEEK and SAVE the frail and lost.
√•To bring SALVATION to ALL the ends of the earth (Isa. 52:10).
√•,God has chosen to communicate with us through his SON.
√•Promote JUSTICE, PEACE, MERCY, FORGIVENESS & LOVE; Jesus represents these.
Jesus, YESHUA in Hebrew means ‘God Saves’, Christ, CHRISTOS on the other hand depicts the ‘Anointed One’. Born to us today therefore, is the Messiah, the anointed one of God who has come to save us from this fractured world of pain, injury, war, terror, and death. He is here to liberate us from the grip of the bane of evil men and women who pose as our leaders but only enslave us. He has come to liberate us from those using religion and his name as a medium of deception. He has come to liberate us from ourselves, our passions and ego.
A look at the person Jesus vis-à-vis his followers and their mode of celebrating his coming may be needful. Christmas calls us to follow Christ’s way, the LOWLY WAY: His birth = a borrowed stable (Lk.2:7). He hadn’t a place to sleep (Matt. 8:20). He had his last supper in a borrowed home (Lk. 22:7ff). He rode to Jerusalem on a borrowed donkey (Matt. 21:3). In death, he was buried in a tomb that was not his (technically) (Matt. 27:57). Yet his fame surpasses everyone else’s and posterity will always remember him. Ours is a humble Messiah, a king, saviour and merciful father. We may want to emulate him.
Spend reasonably, so you won’t starve in the ensuing months. Avoid CRIME, for Jesus, the reason for this celebration detests it. Don’t cheat in the name of the Christmas Season; it is unchristian. Eat and drink if you can; however, avoid gluttony and stupor or intoxication.
Avoid waste, Christ hates it; prepare only that which you can consume alongside your friends. Remember to save something for January. Be someone’s saviour. Love Christ and all that Christ loves. Make merry but don’t forget your soul. Let Christmas celebration not earn you DAMNATION but SALVATION. Celebrate him rightly and for everything you do, he must be the reason for it.
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