January 17, 2021, 2nd Sunday of Epiphany Theme: Feast of the Lord: The Giver of Life Homily by Fr. Jun Peñalosa Old Testament Proclamation: Jeremiah 31: 10- 17 Responsorial Psalm : Psalm 10 New Testament Proclamation: 1 Corinthians 15: 19-26 Gospel Proclamation: Matthew 18:1-5

For others to see Jesus in us, we need to see Him first in our heart. For the world to see Jesus, the Church must see and experience the life of Christ first.

In Matt 18:1 the disciples asked, ” who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And like them, we often ask ourselves this. Who is important, powerful, influential when it comes to serving God? Greatness in the kingdom of heaven has nothing to do with our success, accomplishment, talents, and status in life. Human frailty is always anxious to be great, to be important, and to be somebody. Then the Lord comes with the answer by saying ” unless you are converted and become as little children you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.”

What is in a child that God uses them as an example for all of humanity? In a child is a pure and humble heart. To enter the kingdom of heaven is to have a pure, innocent and humble heart. To have true humility means to know who you really are in Christ. The path of greatness is one with the path of humility. By walking these roads, only then will we become what we are, by the the grace of God.

Through Christmas, God has given us Jesus to share in our humanity and also for us to share in His divinity. That is why we should empty our lives of all human frailty so that God can fill us with His life. We need to value what God has given us and by humility, we accept His gift of life so that we can manifest His life in the world.

Homily recap by Agnes Abiera

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