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Homilies :: Latin Rite
7th DAY WITHIN THE OCTAVE OF CHRISTMAS Download This Homily

December 31 2018

7th DAY WITHIN THE OCTAVE OF CHRISTMAS

 

1 John 2:18-21

Psalm 96:1-2, 11-13

Gospel JN 1:1-18


In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.


He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.


A man named John was sent from God. He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

He was in the world, and the world came to be through him, but the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, but his own people did not accept him.

But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believe in his name, who were born not by natural generation nor by human choice nor by a man’s decision but of God.

And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only-begotten Son, full of grace and truth.

John testified to him and cried out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘The one who is coming after me ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.’” From his fullness we have all received, grace in place of grace, because while the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. The only-begotten Son, God, who is at the Father’s side, has revealed him.


Release the Old

 

"He was in the world, and through Him the world was made, yet the world did not know who He was." —John 1:10


We are on the last day of the year 2012. For some of you the year might have been one of great joy and happiness. For others it might have been a year of sorrows and rejection. For great many of us the year was nothing special; it was just routine business except the media circus on the end of the world predictions. The year end is an occasion for all of us to think about all those broken promises and resolutions that we have taken in the beginning of the year. It is time for taking stock of the business called life.  I hope that you take some time today to ponder where you are and where you've been. Write out your thoughts and feelings. Consider writing a letter—an end-of the-year-epistle to yourself. It could be profound to write it down and valuable to read it in the years ahead.


If you are happy with your life, be thankful to God and all others who made it possible for you. If you feel rejected and unhappy with your life let us have a second look at yourself.


Today’s Gospel speaks about Jesus, the incarnated Word of God. St. John writes about the reception He received from His own people.  "To His own He came, yet His own did not accept Him" (Jn. 1:11). What hurts most is that the rejection usually comes from those closest to us. For example, wives reject husbands, husbands ignore wives, parents refuse to forgive their children; sons and daughters rebel and break their parents' hearts. The psalmist cries: "If an enemy had reviled me, I could have borne it; if he who hates me had vaunted himself against me, I might have hidden from him. But you, my other self, my companion and my bosom friend! You, whose comradeship I enjoyed; at whose side I walked in procession in the house of God!" (Ps 55:13-15) The reason for most of our deepest sorrows is from our own family; husband, wife, brothers, sisters, children and parents.  For many of us home does not bring happy memories, often it is the store house of bitter and sad memoirs. When you feel rejected and misunderstood by others please remember that Jesus was rejected by his people, misunderstood by his family and betrayed by his disciple. Yet it is through Jesus Christ that mankind is saved.


As we end the old year and begin the New Year, remember that in order to embrace the new, we must release the old. A trapeze artist cannot swing from one bar to another without letting go. An important part of preparing for the New Year is to forgive and forget the past with all its sorrows and pain.  Let us prepare to welcome the New Year with new hope and new faith in Jesus Christ who has promised us to ‘empower to become the children of God’ (Jn. 1: 12).


Fr. Justin Akkara CMI


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Homilies Navchetana is an initiative of Navchetana Communications, Bhopal, India. We have been sending the Sunday and daily homilies last four years. We are grateful to you for your cooperation and encouraging comments. Navchetana is committed to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ through modern media and performing arts. Through our Web TV, audio and video productions and stage programmes we take the Gospel message to the ends of the earth. Make a donation and be a part of this noble mission.


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