Local Homilies

Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-2,7-8,12-13,17; Luke 10:21-24

The revelation of God in the person of our Lord Jesus Christ was made known to the childlike, because to those on the way to salvation, He is God’s power; while for the unbelievers, it is foolishness, (c.f. 1 Cor. 1:18).
▪To be childlike entails innocence of heart and mind. To be able enter into a relationship with God, we must be willing to come to Him as children. It is when we submit ourselves to His will as children that we live in line with His plans even when we do not understand what they are. When the Emmanuel was revealed, only those who were childlike in heart accepted Him. Acceptance of Christ with childlike heart started a new era of change:
~ Hearts that were closed against each other opened up to receive one another again in love. From Him we have learnt the meaning of forgiveness.
~ His coming became a bridge that united all nations, languages and peoples together. Why we still find some elements of segregation or favouritism in our midst is because many have refused to be childlike before God.
~ It is the knowledge about Him that makes us childlike. When the hearts of men and women become childlike, there will be no longer harms and injury in our societies; the strong will not trample on the weak.
▪Dear friend, when will this society free from harms become a reality? Only when our hearts change to be like that of little children. The only way this will be possible, is through the knowledge of Christ. It does not just stop there, but just as the apostle James, living it out and not just listening to it, (c.f. James 1:22).
~ Our time is witnessing an increasing rate of crimes everywhere in the world. These crimes are perpetrated by humans against humans. We are going down to the level of lower animals now, because our heart is becoming godless.
~ As we journey during this time of Advent, may the grace of God reform our hearts to become childlike. Through Christ our Lord. Amen
“Amen I say to you, unless you change and become like little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” (C.f. Matthew 18:3)
Happy New Month of December
May God bless and keep you safe this month
Fr Joseph Chukwugozie Ikegbunam

Blessed Sacrament Parish, Stowe and Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Morrisville, Vermont, USA