A--Monday of December 23

Naming a Child John

Getting closed to the end of the octave of Advent to celebrate the birth of the Savior Jesus Christ, today the Church emphasizes on choosing the name of the one he calls. At the circumcision of John, they named him Zechariah after his father’s name, but both of John’s parents named him John since the Lord had told them before he was conceived in his mother’s womb. To name a male child after his father’s name was not really a cultural thing, but since Zechariah was in advanced age. But when the Lord called, the Lord named. And when he named, he will be with the one he called. Why? It is to teach us to humble ourselves to allow the Lord to work in us when we are called.

In today’s Gospel, before John was circumcised, they wanted to name him Zachariah after his father’s name, but Elizabeth, his mother, went against it and named him John. People then asked Zechariah to see what name he wanted to name the child. The moment that Zechariah followed what the Lord had told him through the message of an angel, his tongue was loosen and he could talk. He named him John. It was not only faith and trust in the Lord, but it was also to allow the Lord worked in us. John was the name that the Lord had chosen for him before he was formed in his mother’s womb.

Each and every one of us comes into this world not as a useless person but with a mission. John’s mission was to be the forerunner of Christ, the Savior. What is your mission? Perhaps, through our baptism, we have a mission to be priest, prophet and king. Through our baptism, we are called Christians, the followers of Christ. Have you and I lived out that baptismal call? Have you and I lived out the name that we bear? What does Christian mean for you and for me? How would you and I live as a Christian in this walk of life? Decision is yours.


Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen

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