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Homily (Reflection) for Friday of the Third Week Advent (16th December, 2016) on the Gospel

 
Is 56:1-3.6-8;
Ps 66:2-3.5.7-8. (R. v.4);
Jn 5:33-36.
Topic: What testimony?
Jesus told the Jews that John the Baptist testified to Him when they sent messengers to him (cf. Jn 1:19-23). He also said to them, “But I have a testimony greater than John’s. The works that the Father has given me to complete, the very works that I am doing, testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me.”
Some do focus on words as veritable means of proving that they are Christians. As Christmas draws nearer, we recall the admonition of John, “Bear fruits that befit repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham” (Lk 3:8).
Let no one either deceive him/herself or allow him/herself to be deceived. Saint Paul warns, “Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! Fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, sodomites, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, revilers, robbers–none of these will inherit the kingdom of God” (1Cor 6:9; cf. 1Cor 15:33; Eph 5:6; Col 2:8; Gal 6:7; Jas 1:16).
It is by the fruits that each person will say who he/she really is, cf. Matt 7:16, 20. We have so many insubordinate men and women, empty talkers and deceivers, cf. Tit 1:10. Each person ought to ask him/herself always of the testimony he/she has. Let no one allow him/herself to be deceived lest the enemy overcomes the person, cf. Jer 20:10.
Bible Reading: Matt 7:15-20.
Thought for today: Any proof that you are a child of God?
Let us pray: Lord, help us in our struggle to live always according to your will – Amen.

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