Saturday, 6 January 2018 : Weekday of Christmas Time (Homily and Scripture Reflections)

Liturgical Colour : White

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, on this day we heard the testimonies of faith through the Scripture passages we heard, and we listened how St. John the Evangelist and Apostle spoke of the three testimonies of the water, Blood and the Spirit. These testimonies all agree that the Lord has come into the world, and He has done all that He had said He would do amongst us, and through the witnesses of the Apostles and the saints, His marvellous love for us had been made evident.

And the love of God was made real and evident in none other than the person of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Who willingly assumed our human flesh and be born of the Blessed Virgin Mary, His mother, to dwell among us, that God’s love become a reality and a tangible experience for all of humanity, through the singular act of ultimate love which He has given to all of us.

In the Gospel passage today, we heard of the series of the ancestors of Our Lord Jesus Christ, to show that He was born into the race of man, which after many generations eventually came from God. Thus, everything in a sense come to a full circle, as God Himself became counted among those He had created, but yet, at the same time, He remained God as ever, never diminished in His majesty and authority, and neither was His divinity changed in any manner.

All of these was simply because of God’s great and incomparable love for all of us mankind, those whom He has willingly made to become His own adopted sons and daughters. It was God’s love for us that He gave us the ultimate gift above all else, the Son of God, Jesus Christ, born into our midst, and through Whom, He willingly revealed to us the full extent of His love, made evident none other than through the cross, upon which hung the Most Holy and Precious Body of Our Lord.

He Himself said to His disciples, that there is no greater love than for someone to lay down his or her life for a friend. And Jesus Our Lord has considered us all His friends, as those who are precious to Him. By His willing sacrifice, He endured all the entirety of the unimaginably heavy burdens of our sins, our combined faults and mistakes, all of our disobedience and shortcomings, by bearing the heavy cross, all the way to Calvary.

The testimonies mentioned earlier in today’s discourse prove this great love of God, as at the moment of the crucifixion and death of Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, that through water, the holy water of baptism, all of us have been saved by accepting Him as Our Lord and Saviour, and becoming God’s own children. Through the water of baptism, we are united to the loving sacrifice of Our Lord which saves us and redeems us.

At the time when the Lord Jesus was baptised in the water of the River Jordan, the testimony of the water and the Spirit came ringing true, witnessed by many. The Holy Spirit descended from the heavens, and the voice of God the Father Himself declared that Jesus is the Son of God, the Most Beloved of all, through Whom He would made all of His designs on us mankind into a reality.

And last of all, the testimony of the Blood is the strongest of all, for the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Himself was spilled from the altar of the cross of Calvary. The Blood purifies us and saves us, just as the blood of the sacrificial lambs and animals became the offerings for the forgiveness of the sins of Israel in the ages past. The Most Precious Blood of Our Lord has washed us clean, through the works of the Holy Spirit and by the will of the Father, and by the obedience of the Son, working together to effect and bring about our salvation.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, today all of us need to reflect on our own lives, on whether we have understood all these beautiful and wondrous mysteries of Our Lord, Who loved us so much that He was willing to forgive us our many sins and overlook our trespasses, so long as we are willing to be forgiven, and willing to repent from our sinful ways. God has loved us so much, in so many ways, and yet, many of us have not realised this, and we still continue to live in sin and disobedience against Him.

As Christians, all of us believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and He is God’s ultimate expression of love for us mankind, His people, His beloved children. Therefore, as we are all also made God’s children through adoption, by the coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ into this world, God sharing in our humanity and dwelling among us, let us all walk faithfully in His ways and show our exemplary faith and ways, that hopefully many others will come to see the truth as well and believe.

May the Lord be with us always, and may He continue to strengthen our faith and empower us all to become ever more courageous in living our faith with devotion, day after day. May God bless us all, and sanctify us, that all of our works and endeavours will always be for the greater glory of His Name. Amen.

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