BY: Fr. Justin Nzekwe

HOMILY: I have come here today to announce to you that the Universal king has been born on earth and we have every reason to rejoice. The light which John the Baptist had announced to us is today in our midst, and we are privileged to gather here today for this festival of joy.

I am sure you all are aware that the mother has been pregnant since nine months. I know she is happy now, because she has been contemplating in her mind what this child she conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit will be. I can tell you what this child looks like. He is just like every child born of a woman, born naked, cried like a new born, needed the affection of the mother, but above all, the child is also God.

One more good news, Mary will obey the scripture by giving the child the name Emmanuel, which means, God is with us. God is with you, God is with your family, and God is with all of us. Worry no more, for God is much closer than He has always been. The prophet Isaiah captures the message of today in the first reading when he says: “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good tidings, who publishes peace, who brings good tidings of good, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns” (Is. 52). We all are witness of this good tidings.
God spoke to many generations before us through the prophets who offered sacrifices of sin to them with rams and bulls, yet they are barely purified. But in our own time, God sent his only son to take flesh in the womb of Mary in order to be like us, and to save us.

We are no longer going to live our lives in fear and guilt, but in love, because we are now qualified to approach the throne of Mercy and obtain forgiveness of sins. As we meditate on the joy of today, let us not forget what today signifies for our soul.

Going through the streets of Rome, I have come to discover that almost every part of the city has been lighted up with the Christmas light, it now time to light up our hearts. It is time to be the messenger of joy.

Remember to reach out to the poor today, if you can. Visit the hospital or old people’s home, if you can. Console the sorrowful today, if you can. You are going to be an ambassador of God’s Joy today, therefore put smile on faces. Offer gifts to those who need them most.

And I pray that the joy and grace we receive today will follow us to our homes. It will bring healing to our bodies, and soul, claim our worries and bring a new life to us through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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