Theme: What’s your manifesto?
By: Rev Fr Oselumhense Anetor (Uromi Diocese).
Homily for Thursday January 6 2022
1 John 4: 19-5:4; Luke 4:14-22a
Three years ago (2019) was election year, and politicians filled our media air waves with loads of manifestos; many of which were mere talk – aspirations that were designed to fool us, without any desire to implement any. But Jesus wasn’t a political messiah in his day. He didn’t come to make promises he never intended to keep. In fact, when he stands up to read from the prophecy of Isaiah in the gospel reading of today, he says that the scripture has already been fulfilled in their hearing.
Friends, as Christians, are we only interested in lip service, with little intention to walk the talk? The first reading reminds us that we cannot claim to love God, and yet hate our brothers and sisters. If we truly believe in Jesus Christ, we are born of God, and we have authority to overcome the many distractions of the world. It’s time to follow the example of Jesus Christ. The mission remains the same – “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” How far and how well have we put this mission statement to practice in our daily lives?
Good morning dear. God bless your day ahead.