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The Second Sunday after Epiphany: The Feast of the Lord, the Giver of Life

“The Church’s Future under Construction”


January16, 2022

Genesis 1: 26 -28/Psalm 2/Romans 8: 35 – 39/Matthew 18: 1 – 5


Fr. Dino Jorvina



Today is the day that God has given us and we will rejoice and be glad in it.


As we celebrate the Lord, the Giver of Life, may this message transform us to be givers of life, to be carriers of life because we have life in Him. Today, we make this proclamation: All Life Is Sacred. This is one of the banner statements of the Charismatic Episcopal Church.


We are in an age-long battle for life. In John 10:10-11, it says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill, and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.” God has given life; not just to barely make it through the day. What He desires is for us to live a life of abundance. It is being more than enough, after all He is El Shaddai, the God is Who is more than enough.


Life is indeed fascinating and wonderful. In fact, scientists today are continually amazed with the complexities of life and all its processes. Sometimes, scientists can’t still understand the beauty of life, even up to this point, because it is amazing. Praise God! The Author of life, in all His infinite wisdom and ability, designed life.


God speaks of this amazing life to us today. In Genesis 1:28, He said, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it.” We are mandated by God to promote life, to be the carriers of life and to share that life is of God and life is beautiful! Life is great! Life is good! Even if the world tries to pollute us with all the bad news that it has, we know that life is good!


There are three points that I would share with you to encourage us to be promoters of life. First thing is: we are to bring forth life.


· We, the Church, are to bring forth life, natural life. A man and a woman, in marriage, are called to bring forth life in marriage. Matthew 19:14 says, “But Jesus said, ‘Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’” God is calling forth a blessing upon couples to bring forth natural life. The amazing thing about life is it is a miracle. It is authored by God Himself, the Giver of Life.


· Not only are we bringing forth life through the natural life, but it is also through healing. In this time of pandemic, we are challenged, as a Church, we who believe in healing, we who believe that God is a Giver of life, to bring healing because it is God’s will for people to be healed because by His stripes, we are healed.


· We are also to bring forth life in our social life. We care to give life in our relationships especially in our families. Speak forth life in our relationships seeing to it that there is a healthy relationship through our dialogues or communication, not just being caught up talking through our gadgets.


· We are to bring forth life in situations. There are many things in life that are being plague with the spirit of death. Even in our finances, we speak forth life because God is the One who meets all of our needs. In any place, speak forth life because life is light. In any involvement in life, in our dealings, in the studies of the students, God wants us to bring life though how oppressive it may be at times. God desires life in its fulness, in its abundance.


In Ezekiel 37:4-5, it says, “Again He said to me, ‘Prophesy over these bones and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.’ “Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones, ‘Behold, I will cause breath to enter you that you may come to life.’” The call of God to the Church is for the prophets to arise! There are people who are called to be prophets who are to arise and who are to bring forth life to their situations and to their ministries. Whenever we counsel with people, in their situations or problems that they are going through, speak forth life! God is the Answer because He is the Give of life.


We prophesy over these dry finances; in our businesses; in our studies; in our offices. We prophesy over relationships undergoing conflicts so that all will walk in harmony and love and that the Word of the Lord may come to these relationships that life may come forth.


As CEC, we believe in the gifts of the Spirit, and I know that at the sound of my voice, there are people who are called to be prophets that would speak forth life in situations especially to those who go out in their ministries.


The second thing that we do as a people, as a Church, is that we defend life! Our eternal cry is: All Life is Sacred! One hymn that is alive in me is “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” which I believe is the new reformation; the new battle cry in defending life. In verse four of the hymn, it says, “That Word above all earthly power no thanks to them abideth; the Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth. Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also; the body they may kill; God’s truth abideth still; His kingdom is forever!”

In our Epistle reading, it says how that our lives are plague with many things. The Psalm reading tells of the unrighteous and the system that are trying to kill life. But Romans 8:37-39 says, “But in all these things, we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

We overwhelmingly conquer. We are more than conquerors! The world is presenting us with all of this bad news. During this pandemic, many are going through oppression and depression. The world is trying to kill the life. Abortion in the Philippines is not that widespread but it is going on; in other countries, it is so rampant. In some parts of the world, there is euthanasia where they kill the old people. Today, they have even machines in order to accomplish this. There is a need for us to declare that all life is sacred. We defend life; we are pro-life.


Psalm 2:1 says, “Why are the nations in an uproar and the people devising a vain thing?” The answer to this is Romans 8:37, “But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.” As a Church, I pray that we would give this spirit of life so powerfully that it will bring joy to the hearts of the people like the young people and those who are depressed that there will be joy that will spring forth from our lives to them. If the Omicron is contagious, the life of God should be more contagious.


At the height of the promotion of the RH bill, we were marching as a Church proclaiming our battle cry that: all life is sacred. We will forever defend this. Our country may be conservative about abortion, but it happens. The world is devising evil things to destroy the life even in the young people. We are to defend life. Proper and moral standards are decaying and we, in an ever-evolving society, pushes people to conform to the norms of society. Our norm is the Word of God. Our norm is in Christ. We are to defend life.


We are to bring forth life; we are to defend life; and the third is: we are to impart life to the young/youth, nurturing them in the things of God Who is the Father of all! Our theme for today is about the Church’s future. I am teacher and every time I talk and every time I look at a student, it is a constant reminder to me to have a child-like faith and to enter into the mystical presence of God. The gospel says, “Unless you come to Me and become like children, you will not enter into the kingdom of God.” We see the youth as we enter into the kingdom of God. We are to nurture them, and every time we see them, we see the call of God to be like them.


We should not cause the young people to stumble or to fall. As Christians, we are instruments to mold these young people to be the people of God by our example, by our lives, and by our love. Nothing can separate us from the love of God. Many things are trying to destroy the youth, but they will not succeed because God’s life is more powerful and greater than any force in the universe because it is authored by God Himself.


Always proclaim all life is sacred. We, as CEC and with other churches, as one Church, promote the sanctity of life. We would be forever bringing forth life. We would defend life. We would nurture the young to see the life of God in all its fullness and that life is beautiful and life is great! Let us shun away the deceptions of the world that tries to pollute the minds of people to say, “Life is not good.”


Walk in these things and be ever excited. We may be in a pandemic and ever challenged by the things happening around us, but we know that God is with us! This is the story of Epiphany! As we take upon ourselves this challenge to promote life, we know that we will overwhelmingly conquer through Him.

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