SECOND SUNDAY OF CHRISTMAS, YEAR C
2nd of January 2022
Ecclesiasticus 24:1-2,8-12; Ephesians 1:3-6,15-18; John 1:1-18.
Dear friends it is good to remind ourselves on this second Sunday of Christmas that we are justified by grace. ‘Grace is favour, the free and undeserved help that God gives us to respond to his call to become children of God, adoptive children, partakers of the divine nature and of eternal life’. Through our baptism, God’s grace is made available to us. It enables us to share in the life of God. The economy of grace is made available to all baptised Christians through the merits of Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection. It is as described by St Paul in the second reading, Grace is God’s free gift to us in the Beloved.
Today’s gospel recalls the source of grace and the fact that its powers surpass the law that was given to Moses. The gospel read: ‘Indeed, from his fullness we have, all of us, received –yes, grace in return for grace, since, though the Law was given through Moses, grace and truth have come through Jesus Christ.’ It is by the help of God’s grace that we are able to keep the Laws given to Moses on Mount Sinai. We are justified not by our ability to keep the law but by our response to grace which in turn enables us to keep the law.
Grace is a revelation of God’s love for us. He loves us through the free gift of grace. Besides our freewill, he grants us the grace to freely will what is good. We wouldn’t be talking about grace if it is easy to will what is good. In his letter to the Romans, St. Paul wrote; For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice’. This is what we all struggle with in our daily lives. It takes grace to do what we know to be good. Let us remind ourselves like St. Paul, that we can do all things through him who strengthens us.
Fr Anthony Ekpunobi, CM.