Homily for Thursday Weekday of Christmastide
Theme: LIVE IN CHRIST THIS 2020
By: Rev. Fr. Jacob Aondover ATSU
Homily for Thursday January 2 2020
MEMORIAL OF SS. BASIL THE GREAT AND GREGORY NAZIANZEN Bs, Ds
READINGS: 1JOHN 2:22-28, PSALM 98, JOHN 1:19-28
My dearly beloved friends, John’s Gospel presents the story of God’s offer and the Jew’s refusal; the story of God’s love and human sin, the story of Jesus’ invitation and the Jew’s rejection. At the very beginning, we see the Jews sending emissaries to cross-question John, a thing they would later do to Christ also. As we begin 2020 with the Lord, we may do well to believe Jesus and his message of love even as we accept his invitation to righteousness and subsequent salvation.
Also, we may take care to understand and believe that Jesus is the truth and therefore strive to remain in him (1Jn. 2:27). The truth is not doctrine that could change nor law that could be maneuvered, it is not even dogma; rather, it is Jesus Christ himself. This explains why he tells us in John 8:31-32 “If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Jesus is salvation himself and living in him means being saved; he who is without the truth however, cannot be in him and so will not be saved. We are called today to be men and women of truth following the example of John the Baptist and our Lord himself.
Friends in the Lord, Jesus has come to live with us. At Christmas, Emmanuel pitched his tent among us becoming the head of our lives. All too often, we are like the crowd and emissaries of the Pharisees to whom John said “There is here among you, whom you do not recognize, the one who is coming after me (Jesus)…” (Jn.1:26-27). Jesus Christ comes to us daily, but we do not know him. We are either too busy or we care less or we lack the eyes of faith to see him. We are called to see Christ in the salient moments of our lives and dwell in him in order to be saved.
May 2020 be nice…
May St. Basil and St, Gregory, intercede for us now and always. Amen.
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