HOMILY FOR FRIDAY THE THIRD WEEK OF ADVENT (17/12/2021)

HOMILY FOR FRIDAY THE THIRD WEEK OF ADVENT (17/12/2021)

PARENTAL BLESSING

GENESIS 49:2, 9-10; PSALM 72; MATTHEW 1:1-17

In the first reading we see Jacob blessing his twelve sons prior to his death. The reading focuses on the blessing of his son Judah. Jacob says that the sceptre shall not pass from Judah until the one to whom it rightfully belong comes. The Gospel continued with this theme; narrating the genealogy of Jesus Christ from Abraham. We are told that Judah was the great-grandson of Abraham and is one of the fore-fathers of Jesus. Therefore, Jesus is the one to whom the sceptre rightfully belongs.

Beloved, the power of parental blessings should never be downplayed or undermined. Every parent, to large extent, shares with God, a certain degree of influence over the destiny of their children. Parents bless your children. In Mark 10:16 Jesus took some children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them. Again, the blessing of Jacob favoured the fourth child Judah because he was obedient, humble and supportive to his father. The first, second and third sons of Jacob did not enjoy this favour because of disobedience. Children, if we must enjoy parental blessings we must be humble, supportive and obedient

LET US PRAY

Unworthy servants that we are, O Lord, grieved by the guilt of our deeds, we pray that you may gladden us by the saving advent of your Only Begotten Son. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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Fr. Daniel Evbotokhai is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Auchi, Edo State, Nigeria. He was ordained October 20th, 2018. He offers his daily homilies, talks and articles that bother on, faith, theology, morals and many other burning issues in religion and politics. Fr. Daniel writes poems, inspirational quotes and clips.

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