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THURSDAY - WEEKDAYS OF CHRISTMAS Download This Homily

January 3, 2018

THURSDAY - WEEKDAYS OF CHRISTMAS


Most Holy Name of Jesus,

Feast of St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara


Philippians 2:5-11;

 Psalm 113:1-8;

Matthew 1:18-23


This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came aboutHis mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.


 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”


All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:  “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).




Today is the feast of the Holy Name of Jesus.  In every Mass, we hear the priest say the words of John the Baptist that are quoted in today's Gospel passage: "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world’. Jesus is the Lamb of God sacrificed for the redemption of the people of God.

In his beautiful hymn of praise to the Lord St. Paul proclaims that because Jesus did his Father’s will and was obedient unto death, even death on a cross – “God highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name above every other name, so that at Jesus’ name every knee must bend in the heavens, on the earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father” (Phil 2:9-11). Accepting Jesus as God and as our saviour is the core of our faith and our identity as Christians.


As we celebrate this feast, we bow down in adoration before our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.  At the same time, we are moved to the depths of our being at the dignity bestowed on us – for, by reason of our Baptism we are now Jesus’ own brothers and sisters.  As Paul writes, “Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has bestowed on us in Christ every spiritual blessing in the heavens!  God chose us in him before the world began, to be holy and blameless in his sight, to be full of love.  He likewise predestined us through Christ Jesus to be his adopted children”. (Eph 1: 3-5) According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the one name that contains everything is the one that the Son of God received in his incarnation: JESUS. The invocation of the holy name of Jesus is the simplest way of praying always. Jesus prayer is a way of being in the presence of the divine all the time.


Today the Indian church also celebrates the feast of Blessed Kuriakose  Elias Chavara.  In the 19th century it was Blessed Chavara whom God sent to respond to the religious, social and cultural problems that affected the Church in Kerala and the society of that time and to give a new vitality to the people by bringing God to the everyday life of the people.  He is the founder of the first indigenous religious congregations for men and women in India. Chavara was a man of God who experienced the divine presence through his life of purity of heart. In his writings we often see him calling God as ‘my Father’ in a most personal way.  Just like John the Baptist Blessed Chavara was able to show the true path of Jesus when the church was in a state of confusion and division.


Fr. Justin Akkara CMI


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