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Doctrines & Morals

The Household of David will be the source of the Messiah

2 Sam. 7:1-5.8-12.14.16, Lk. 1:67-79. On this last day of Advent, we are reminded of the promise of God to be with us and provide for us just as He has done and reassured His servants in the past. Today's first reading presents us with the account of how God promises to build a house for David from his descendants, rather than David building a house for God. The household of David will be the source of the Messiah. The Lord promised and reassured David at that occasion that his reign and throne will be forever secure and these have been fulfilled through Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Heir of David and Saviour of the world, King of Israel and King of kings born and celebrated on Christmas day.

That is why, in today's Gospel, together with Zechariah’s joyful proclamation, as he was filled with the Holy Spirit, of the joy of seeing the Lord’s glory and salvation, we are called to reflect on the joy of Christmas that we are going to celebrate beginning tonight and throughout the Christmas season. This Christmas comes amidst a most unusual year and unfortunate moment for many of us. This year had been a very challenging one, as many people had suffered and even lost their loved ones to the pandemic, to the social and national instabilities and troubles that have taken the whole year. Many are still suffering and indeed, not in a position to celebrate in any way this Christmas. This is when our understanding and appreciation of what Christmas is truly about ought to be challenged and changed. Christmas should no longer be about ourselves, glamorous and lavish parties and revelries, instead, let us raise our hope, live for others and for the coming of the Light of Christ that will dispel the darkness and the evils of our world.

May the Lord bless our Christmas to be truly joyful and blessed and His light dispel all the darkness of our lives! Amen!! Stay safe and have a gracious day!!!

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