1ST NOVENA CLOSURE MASS HOMILY
“THEME: CREATING A HOME WHERE JESUS IS WELCOME”
In today Gospel passage (John 2:1-11), we hear of Jesus attending a wedding feast at Cana of Galilee. Irrespective of his high profile and divine nature, Jesus Christ was invited to the wedding and He attended. His presence saved the wedding host from the shame of insufficient wine for their guests. On a deeper reflection, Jesus comes to turn our imperfections to perfections, refills that which is dry, provides the missing, restores the broken and resurrects the dead. How then do we call and invite Him into our homes?
CREATING A HOME WHERE JESUS IS WELCOME
Pray Often “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. The first step of having Jesus in our homes is to invite Him through prayers. If we want our families to be strong, we must transform our homes into shrines.
Allow change. We cannot welcome Jesus into our homes if we don’t want to change. Think of a crack in our houses, it lets the light to enter in. Now, every home has its own crack in form of a difficult child, spouse or a situation. We should not see these difficulties as the world sees and names them, but as cracks that to let Jesus come in and transform everything.
Ruthlessly eliminate un-Christ like Attitudes and Behaviors. “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” 2 Corinthians 6:14. Sinful attitudes can be very dangerous and hard to eliminate. They destroy our homes and affect the way we live. Reading the bible regularly helps to spot such attitudes and behaviors that the rest of the world regards ‘normal” or of “no big deal”.
GENERAL ATTITUDES TO AVOID
- Judgmental attitude: This attitude never allows you to understand your wife, husband or children. It is very destructive and makes our homes very difficult.
- Hypocritical attitudes: This is where one becomes a “moral police “checking the behaviors of others whereas one is doing the same things others should not do.
- Overpromising attitude: Don’t promise what you cannot give. Let your children know what you are able to offer them, they understand your struggles.
Indifferences in handling children behaviors.
Do you know of the “screen saver” parents? They keep quite when children misbehave just to appear pleasant while the other parent is seen as the enemy for showing concern. Though this creates conflict, the children eventually get to realize the good intentions the so called ‘enemy’ had for them
Trivializing sin and ranking sin selectively This preferential treatment makes one Childs mistake worse if done by another child and is usually found in blended families, where there are step children.
- Make Your Home a Place of Service: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves” Philippians 2:3. For Jesus to accept our invitation to come and stay at our homes, we must make our homes places for service and not battle grounds and factories of obscene language and insults.
- Set Up Physical Reminders “The LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the LORD, who had appeared to him.” Genesis 12:7 The Israelites in the Old Testament built these altars to remember what God had done for them. As Christians, we also need to have such reminders at our homes showing who God is in our lives through the following-:
Placing Christian decor around your home.
Displaying Sacramentals such us the holy cross
Placing the Bible and other Christian books where can see them often
Buying clothes with Christian message eg a TSHIRT written I LOVE JESUS. It’s important for parents to check what is written in their children clothes.
Setting an alarm (or multiple alarms). Alarm should not only be for work but they should also remind us to have time for God.
God will accept any prayer since he’s always willing to meet us where we are. But if we pray without expecting Him to respond, we limit what we’re inviting Him to do in our lives. On the other hand, if we approach God with faith-filled prayers, we may see something wonderful and miraculous happen.
HOW DO WE PRAY FOR A MIRACLE
God Bless you
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