HOMILY FOR THURSDAY OF THE OCTAVE OF CHRISTMAS.
THEME: Simeon Recognised Him.
BY: Fr. Gerald M. Musa.
Why do people quit their jobs? We may think it is always because they need more money. Yes, but not always. Some researchers discover that a majority of workers quit their jobs because they were not getting enough recognition. Most of those who quit their jobs complain they were hardly noticed, acknowledged, recognised or appreciated, having put in their best in their former places of work.
Have you observed that Jesus received little appreciation and recognition from a few people during His life in the world. Scripture tells us, He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognise him (John 1:11). The book of Wisdom pointed out the ignorance and foolishness of people who fail to recognise the Craftman (God) while they pay homage to his works (Wisdom 13:1). Obviously, even God does not receive enough recognition and appreciation. Jesus went about doing good until death, even when a few people recognised and appreciated him.http://catholicforlife.com/homily-for-thursday-of-the-octave-of-christmas/
One of the few people who recognised the true identity, worth and mission of Jesus the Messiah was Simeon who is described as righteous and devout. When Jesus was brought to the temple, Simeon took Him in his arms and blessed God and recognised Jesus as light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory of Israel. Simeon recognised Jesus with the eyes of faith and because he was prompted by the Holy Spirit.
We must not be too worried when we do not get sufficient recognition, honour, awards or meritorious medals for our hard work and charitable efforts. We must not be too worried when only a few people recognise our worth and uniqueness.
Do we grumble and fight when we are not duly recognised in our working places and communities?
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