Homily (Reflection) for Weekday of the Christmas Season: 4th January

1Jn 3:7-10;
Ps 97:1.7-9. (R. v. 3);
Jn 1:35-42.

Topic: The gospel chain.
John’s exclamation in today’s gospel led two of his disciples to Jesus. And after spending the rest of the day with Jesus, one of them Andrew broke the good news to his brother, Simon Peter and also brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “‘You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas’ (which is translated Peter).”
We see in this gospel what I prefer to call the gospel chain in this homily. John who was sent by God to prepare the way for Him declared according to what he was told, cf. Jn 1:33-34. This declaration in today’s gospel brought Andrew and the other disciples to Jesus. The gospel continued through Andrew to reach Simon Peter. Needless to say that through Simon and other disciples, the gospel continues till today, cf. Rom 10:18.
Each and every one of us is indeed called to call others, cf. Matt 4:19; Mk 1:17. It is therefore not enough that one has received the gospel. The gospel transforms every person that receives it. It is our duty to make the gospel reach more and more people to the glory of God, cf. 2Cor 4:15.
It is important to note that those we bring the gospel to will certainly leave us to follow Christ just as Andrew and the other disciple of John did in today’s gospel. However, He assures us, “whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matt 16:25; cf. Mk 8:35. 10:29-30). The gospel demands that Christ must increase, and we must decrease because “No one can receive anything except what is given him from heaven” cf. Jn 3: 27,30. Do not allow the gospel to stop with you. Make it reach others through you for the greater glory of God.
 Bible Reading: Mk 8:34-38. 10:17-31.
Thought for today: You are called to take the gospel to others.
Let us pray: Lord, help us in our weakness to bring the gospel to everybody – Amen.

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