January 3, 2021, 2nd Sunday of Christmas Theme: “Living in Christ: Matured Sons of the Kingdom” Homily by Fr. Erel Villanueva Old Testament Proclamation: Isaiah 40:27 – 31 Responsorial Psalm : Psalm 147 New Testament Proclamation: Ephesians 1:3-6 Gospel Proclamation: Luke 2:41-52

We are all children of God, but not all become sons of God. Sons of God are mature people of God. As sons of God, we have to be mature in the ways of God and have grown up in our relationship with the Lord. Romans 8:14 says, “those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.”

Sons of God are:

-led by the Spirit of God -willing to put God first -thinking of the ways of God -putting into practice the principles of God -obeying God

Childish people cannot fulfill big responsibilities and God will not give these responsibilities to immature people. To grow in the Lord is our choice, as such, to become a son of God is also a choice. It goes with a process. Even Jesus went through it, and He chose to grow.

A mature person is no longer controlled by his emotions, ways and thinking, but controlled by the Spirit of God. “Not my will, but Your will.”

How to grow in the Lord? -apply what you have learned -do not remain as a babe in the Lord -strengthen your commitment -remain faithful -do not let your emotions take over Hebrews 5:13-14

Jesus, in the midst of persecutions, accusations, and troubles, chose to continue and fulfill the will and plans of God. His heart and mind are focused on Him because He was trained as a child and entirely grew according to the ways of the Lord. A true testament of total obedience to Him. A clear sign of maturity.

Homily Recap By Palmi Fernandez

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