YEAR B: HOMILY FOR CHRISTMAS DAY
HOMILY THEME: IS THIS CHRISTMAS?
BY: Fr. Augustine Ikechukwu Opara
HOMILY: (ISA. 52:7-10, HEB. 1:1-6, JN 1:1-18)
Today is not a day of long speeches. It is simply a day of practical joy. The overwhelming joy I see radiating on the faces of every one of you. Despite the higgledy-piggledy (confused or jumbled or disorderly manner, helter-skelter) this year, we are here to see Christmas. The light of God, the light of hope, the light of love filter into our world. A child is born to you. Amazing!
A great mystery. So, this Christmas, perhaps for the first time in many Christmases, we are able to understand the deep joy and meaning of the coming of the Messiah, the coming of the Saviour, the coming of the one who will redeem us and bring us new hope and joy.
God becomes man, not as a warrior, not as a great leader, not as one who will blaze new trails in some new, distant world. He comes as a helpless infant, a sniffling, weeping little child, in need of love, in need of tenderness, in need of a mother and a father to keep him, and to be good to him, and to care for him. And you wonder. You look at the child and you say, “This is the Son of God!” Indeed, it is a great mystery. And we don’t know why he did it. But there are some basic understandings of why he would come this way. It is simply because he comes out of love. And only love does such things.
Today, my brothers and sisters, we celebrate sacrifice. So, we too must be ready to sacrifice something for the good of our brothers and sisters and the world at large, as Christ did by leaving his heavenly throne in order to be with us. Today, we celebrate humility. We must learn humility from Christ, who, though was rich, became poor for our sake. Yes, he was born in the lowliest place; the manger. The only thing he says is, “Love one another as I have loved you. Love not me, but love one another as I have loved you. And if you do that you will change the world.”
Like I said no long speeches but just to say: be happy! Rejoice! Be glad! God’s love for us is beyond telling. But never forget that joy shared is joy extended and a candle only, only, shows its true nature and its true value in darkness.
Merry Christmas! I love you all!
Fr. Augustine Ikechukwu Opara