HOMILY FOR THURSDAY WITHIN CHRISTMAS TIME.
THEME: OVERCOMING MENTAL SLAVERY
BY: FR. GERALD M. MUSA
HOMILY FOR JANUARY 5TH.
Philip invited Nathaniel (Bartholomew) to come and see Jesus of Nazareth and Nathaniel remarked, “What good can come Out of Nazareth? There was a prevalent prejudice against Nazareth. The litle town was considered to be soclally, politically, intellectually, and historically insignificant to have produced the Messiah. We too fall into the trap of prejudice when we look down on people, dismiss, underrate and discriminate against people because of their family background, race, ethnic group, soCial status, gender, religious affiliation, or nationality, Stereotype means having fixed and uncritical bellefs, opinions, or atitudes toward certain persons or groups of people.
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The famous Singer Bob Dylan calls us to examine our prejudices in his song, “Blowin’ in the wind asking several questions that include, “How many roads must a man walk down before you call him a man?” Similarly, Bob Marley’s ‘Redemption Song’ challenges us with the lyrics: “Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery.” This mental slavery includes negative prejudices, stereotypes, and all forms of discrimination against people. Many people did not take Jesus seriously just because he was the son of a carpenter or simply because he came from a little town.
Having met Jesus, the scales of prejudice fell out from the eyes of Nahaniel and led him to declare his faith in Jesus, “Truly, you are the son of God, and you are the king of Israel.” Can we identily some of our prejudices and make efforts to overcome them?
1 JOHN 31-18; JOHN 1: 45-51
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