Homily (Reflection) for the Fifth day in the Octave of Christmas (29th December, 2017)
Ps 95:1-3.5-6. (R. v. 11);
Topic: Consecrated to God.
Today’s gospel narrates how Jesus was presented in the temple according to the law of Moses, cf. Lev 12:1-4. God directed that every first-born male must be consecrated to Him, cf. Ex 13:2, 12.
However it is not only the first-born males that are consecrated to God. He also said of all Israelites: “You shall be people consecrated to me” (Ex 22:31). And the entire Israelites were truly consecrated Him, cf. Ex 19:14. Hence we read in the book of Deuteronomy: “...you are a people holy to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for his own possession, out of all the peoples that are on the face of the earth” (Deut 7:6). And God loves those who are consecrated to Him and who follow in His steps, cf. Deut 33:3.
We all are also consecrated to the Lord. Hence we read of all Christians in the first letter of Saint Peter: “...you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1Pt 2:9).
Dear child of God, consecration does not go with benefits only, cf. Deut 33:3. It has responsibilities also, cf. Deut 14:21; 26:18; 2Chr 7:14. So remember always that God loves you so much because you are His apple but never forget to do your own part as a child of God, cf. Lk 3:8.
Bible Reading: Ex 13:11-16.
Thought for today: You are dedicated/consecrated to God.
Let us pray: May God help us live out our call as children of God – Amen.
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