HOMILY FOR SATURDAY AFTER THE FEAST OF EPIPHANY.
THEME: Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.
BY: Fr. Deotatious Chikontwe SMA
HOMILY FOR JANUARY 7TH.
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
1 John 3:22-4:6
Dear brothers and sisters since 24th December, we have been celebrating the birth of Jesus, and yesterday with the celebration of the feast of the Epiphany of our Lord, we are almost at the end of our Christmas liturgical period, by the visit of the magi to pay homage to the infant king of the Jews, we soon begin our ordinary time after tomorrow.
*FROM OUR GOSPEL READING OF TODAY*
In this morning’s gospel reading, Matthew compares the beginning of the public ministry of Jesus to the coming of the light. The people that lived in darkness have seen a great light. A new light is rising over people, the light of God’s powerful presence. The opening words of Jesus’ public ministry are, ‘the kingdom of God is at hand’. The powerful presence of God is at hand, a presence that is full of light because it is full of love.
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Dear brothers and sisters, God’s presence in Jesus will mean healing for the broken and acceptance for the rejected; it will bring forgiveness to sinners and a place at table for the outsiders. This is a light to which people will be drawn, a divine light. And so, the invitation of Jesus in the gospel reading today is to repent, in other words, to turn more fully towards the light of God present in Jesus, present now in the risen Lord. That call to turn is always with us and we never cease trying to respond to it ever more generously.
May God bless us all through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
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