Feast of the Lord The Giver of Life – January 21, 2024

Theme: “Go and Proclaim: Children are Great Treasures of the Kingdom”

First Reading: Jeremiah 31:10-17

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 10:2-3;8-9a;17-18

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:19-26

Gospel Reading: Matthew 18:1-5

Homily by +Bp. Raymundo Abogatal Jr.

In this Sunday homily at Saint Michael Kalibo, +Bp. Raymundo reminded us that the only way to life is through our Lord Jesus Christ. His name is a powerful Name, and it will save us from our struggles and pains in this world. Worshipping His Name would bring healing to our bodies and proclaiming His Name to others will help in proclaiming His love for us.

He also reminded us that His Word is true, and the truth will set us free. By proclaiming the Gospel to all nations, others may also hear the good news and they will be saved.

Today, we celebrate the Feast of Our Lord the Giver of Life. Preaching this to mankind would make them understand that our lives are important to God, especially that the issue regarding abortion is now rampant in other countries. He also reminded us about following the Canon Law of the Church. The law of the church is parallel to God’s Word, and it will help us to move smoothly in the lives of the people.

+Bp Raymundo also reminded us about God’s peace. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14: 27). We are not an exemption to the troubles that this world may bring, but we could rely on the peace that the Lord has given to us.

Our God is a great God, and in His name, there is joy, peace, and abundant life. Therefore, proclaim the greatness of His name and let it be heard by other people- that they may also hear and understand the Truth- that we are loved by God and therefore, our lives are sacred.

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