Homily (Reflection) for the Fifth day in the Octave of Christmas (29th December, 2015)

1Jn 2:3-11;
Ps 95:1-3.5-6. (R. v. 11)
Lk 2:22-35.

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.

But it is not only the first-born males that were consecrated to God. God also said of all Israelites: “You shall be men 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). 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 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).

But dear child of God, consecration does not go with benefits only. It has responsibilities also, cf. Deut 14:21; 26:18. 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.

Bible Reading: Ex 13:11-16.

Thought for today: You are dedicated/consecrated to God.

Let us pray: God help us to live as people consecrated to you – Amen

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