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JESUS :THE SIGN OF GOD'S FAVOUR

HOMILY FOR THE 3RD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME. YEAR C.
READINGS:
Neh. 8:2-4a,5-6,8-10
1 Cor. 12:12-30
Luke 1:1-4;4:4-21

THEME: JESUS, THE SIGN OF GOD’S FAVOUR

Beloved in christ, this morning as we gather as a community to worship, the church invites us to reflect on the mission of Jesus Christ, as outlined in the Nazareth manifesto. Beloved manifestos are mission statements  and they describe what leaders want to achieve for their people. But unfortunately most of these addresses in our part of the world are empty talk devoid of action. For instance, I have heard leaders say as they are sworn into office “so help me God” and yet they go on to do things that  indicate a lack of respect or a denial of God’s involvement in their lives, a situation which I will describe as unfortunate and tragic.
Beloved, the fact is we need God’s help in our lives and this is what Jesus shows us as He outlines  His mission. He acknowledge that He is to do that through the spirit of God being  given to Him.

Consequently, Jesus stood up for who He is and what He is called to do, affirming that He is the fulfilment  of the prophecy of Isaiah. Hence, the use “today” by Jews indicate the beginning of a new era, where all the worrying of the poor the oppressed and the imprisoned will be satisfied and there will be established liberty and jubilee.
Dearly beloved, for the Jews the jubilee comes every seven years and it was a time when debts were forgiven. In fact, it was a time of special favour and Jesus Christ is the embodiment of this special favour. This idea of jubilee as a period of personal favour will help us to appreciate the year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis, with the theme ” merciful like the Father”.
Thus, we are to avail ourselves for God’s mercy and so become agents of God’s mercy to those we meet.

Finally , I pray that as we celebrate the year of Mercy, we like Jesus may become instruments of God’s special favour in our troubled world.

This has been a Fr. Dolphyne homily for www.padredolphyne14.wordpress.com as we celebrate the 3rd Sunday in ordinary time, Year. Kindly share this homily with your friends and may God richly bless you.

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