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Doctrines & Morals
 
 
Homilies/Reflections

The Blessing of the last day of the Year 2020
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK

1 Jn 2:18-21, Jn 1:1-18. We thank God, the year 2020 has come to ab end, a year that has been challenging, with the pandemic, financial crises, death of loved ones, civil unrest, terrorism and other dilemmas. This should really be a time to draw even closer to our Lord Jesus by deepening our relationship through prayer and other spiritual disciplines. No matter what happened, God is always ready to give us another opportunity to improve our life and deepen our relationship with others, with ourselves and especially with the Lord Jesus, the Incarnate Word of God who is one with us. The Word comes in our midst and carries out its mission and returns to God. Jesus is this Word of God as recorded in today's Gospel. Everything that it says and does is communication which reveals the Father to us. In the beginning, before creation there was Word, Word was with God and Word is God.

These three affirmations lead us to the mystery of God coming to us as man. We get a glimpse of the humility of the Holy Trinity in the Mystery of Incarnation as creator of humankind came into the world to dwell among His people. He is the true light that enlightens us and our lives must continue to acknowledge the "light that shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it" (Jn 1:4). Jesus draws us closer to the Father by making us children of light. In our day-to-day lives, we must let the brightness of this light to lights up and brighten our life. At the end of the year, we think of the new beginning of another year and be reminded that everything comes from God and belongs to Him. God is our true origin and destiny. Thus, as the Word of God manifests itself in nature, in creation, so also it is manifested in the “world”, that is in the history of humanity, particularly, in the history of the People of God and in our personal history. Hence, the need for a new creation, new birth, new beginning in this new year of grace.

May the Lord bless us in the coming year and the Word of God penetrate within us to make us acceptable as children of God! Amen!! Stay safe, it is well with you!!!

 
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