Homily (Reflection) for Weekday of the Christmas Season: 6th January on the Gospel (Mk 1:6-11)

1Jn 5:5-13;
Ps 147:12-15.19-20. (R. v. 12);
Mk 1:6-11 or Lk 3:23-38 or Lk 3:23.31-34.36.38.
Topic: Appearance deceives.
In today’s gospel, John the Baptist “was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.” He proclaimed that the one who was to baptize with the Holy Spirit was coming after him. In those days, Jesus came and was baptized by him. As he was coming out of water, the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descended like a dove on him. And a voice proclaimed from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”
John who was described as such and who dwelt in the wilderness was sent to prepare the way for the Lord, cf. Lk 7:27. He had the singular opportunity of both announcing the coming of the Lord and also showing Him to the world, cf. Jn 1:29-34. Jesus also said of him, “I tell you, among those born of women none is greater than John...” (Lk 7:28; Matt 11:11).
We often judge the people we meet by their appearances. And this poses serious danger. Just imagine John considering his appearance being this greatest of all born of women. Those words Jesus used to describe John can also be used for a person you least imagine.
It is safer to treat everybody one sees very well. After all Jesus warned us, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me” (Matt 25:40; cf. Matt 25:45). Be very careful as you treat others especially your subordinates.
Bible Reading: Col 3:18–4:1; Matt 25:31-46.
Thought for today: You do not know what tomorrow has in stock.
Let us pray: Lord, help us to treat every person with respect – Amen.

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