Second Sunday of Christmas

Theme: “Matured Sons, Mindful Of The Father’s Will”

Homily by Fr. Erel Villanueva

First Reading: Isaiah 40:27-31

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 84: 1-2, 4-5 , 10-11

Second Reading : Ephesians 1:3-6

Gospel: Luke 2:41-52

” Like Jesus, we should grow to fulfill God’s purposes in our lives”

Being children of God, we must grow spirit, soul, and body to know and fulfill God’s purpose in our lives. Joseph and Mary fulfilled their duty as a normal parents would do. They cared, trained, and guided Jesus as He grew.

Jesus did not use His divine powers to learn to live as a human. He grew as normal as other Jewish boys did. One time they brought Jesus with them in Jerusalem to attend the Feast of the Passover. After the event, they went home but the boy Jesus stayed. When they found out that Jesus was not with them, they sought and found Him in the temple with the teachers asking and listening to them. His parents asked Him why He did this and His answer puzzled them. They didn’t understand what He meant when He said “I must be about my Father’s business.”

This is the very first word spoken by Jesus found in St. Luke’s Gospel since He was born. Nevertheless, after their conversation, Jesus went home with them and obeyed them.

His obedience is something worth imitating, and can be likened to how our obedience to God must be. He submitted to His earthly parents while fulfilling God’s purpose in His life. We will never know and fulfill our purpose apart from God since He is the one who gives our purpose. Jesus’ obedience and a seeking heart help Him grow in wisdom, in years and grace, fulfilling God’s purpose, why He came to earth this Christmas, to be our Savior.

Thus, the Father was able to say to Him” You are my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” May the Father someday say that to us also.

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