Homily (Reflection) for the Seventh day in the Octave of Christmas (31st December)
1Jn 2:18-21;Ps 95:1-2.11-13. (R. v. 11)
Topic: The Word was made flesh.
Today is the Seventh day in the Octave of Christmas. And today’s gospel explains to us a little the mystery of incarnation. Christ has come in human likeness and is now living among us, His creatures in the form of slave, cf. Jn 1:14; Phil 2:7.
These and many more notwithstanding, many do not see this period beyond the time for vacation, shopping, and so on. For these, Christ has no place in Christmas. Hence the gospel reads: “He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him” (Jn 1:10-11).
We must not lose sight of the fact that all we enjoy are gifts we received from Him, cf. Jn 1:16; 1Cor 4:7. It is wrong to take a gift and reject the giver.
The gospel reads further:
...to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God (Jn 1:12-13).
As we enjoy this season, it is important to remember that God has given us his only Son. Whoever wants to benefit from this must receive Him as he or she should.
Bible Reading: Phil 2:3-11.
Thought for today: Do you receive the gift of Jesus Christ?
Let us pray: God help us to receive your Son and may we also believe in Him – Amen.
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