HOMILY FOR THE 6TH DAY WITHIN THE OCTAVE OF CHRISTMAS – YEAR B
THEME: Anna speaks of the child to all who looked forward to the deliverance of Jerusalem.
BY: Fr Deotacious Chikontwe SMA
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
1 John 2:12-17
THEME OF THE HOMILY: Anna speaks of the child to all who looked forward to the deliverance of Jerusalem
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today we celebrate the 6th Day within the Octave of this joyful season of Christmas.
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*FROM OUR FIRST READING*
In our first reading today, the apostle John exhorts all the faithful, especially the young ones among them that they all should be ever resolute and faithful in following the Lord, in obeying all that He has taught and shown to them, so that they would all remain strong in faith, and not be easily swayed by the many temptations present all around them, all of which might lead them astray and fall further away from the path towards the Lord, and into the path towards eternal damnation.
*FROM OUR GOSPEL READING*
In Our Gospel passage today, we heard the continuation of yesterday’s passage on the Presentation of the Lord at the Temple of Jerusalem, in which the Lord Jesus was welcomed by the prophet Simeon, who praised God to have allowed him to see and behold the Saviour of the world before his own eyes. And today therefore we heard of the prophetess Anna, who was also there at the Temple, and to whom the Lord had also revealed that she would witness the Saviour of the world. The prophetess Anna spoke of everything that the Lord would do through this Child, and also predicted with Simeon, what He would become, a Sign to the nations, and also the sufferings that He and His Mother would have to endure, a premonition of the Passion of the Lord.
We are all again reminded today through all these readings from the Scriptures that all of us, the Church, all should always be focused and centred on Christ our Lord, the One Whom we celebrate during this time of Christmas. The joy and celebrations which we have during this time of Christmas should not be focused merely on ourselves and our desire for pleasures and happiness, and definitely should not be inward looking. Instead, the joy that we all have during this time and season should always be outward bound, radiating from us all, and shared to everyone around us. We should always be centred on Christ, His Good News and truth, His love and joy, in all that we celebrate this Christmas and in also how we live our lives each day.
*Have A Blessed Last Saturday Of the Year 2023.*
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