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THE 3rd DAY IN THE OCTAVE OF CHRISTMAS TIME – THURSDAY Download This Homily

December 27, 2018

THE 3rd DAY IN THE OCTAVE OF CHRISTMAS TIME – THURSDAY

 

1 John 1:1-4

 Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12

On the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we do not know where they put him.” So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in. When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place. Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed.


 Feast of St. John the Apostle and the Evangelist


John was the younger brother of James and both were fishermen on the Sea of Galilee. Both left their father Zebedee and followed Jesus. St. John together with Peter and James were privileged to witness the raising of the daughter of Jairus, the Transfiguration and the Prayer at Gethsemane. John was the ‘disciple whom Jesus loved’. John is known the author of the Fourth Gospel and the three letters. Because of the mystical and theological symbolism of the fourth Gospel, John was given the symbol of the eagle that soars unafraid towards the Sun. John, towards the end of his life had to say only one thing: Love. “Love children one another” “Let us love merely with words but in deed.


Characteristic Features of John’s Gospel


We find a distinctive way of presentation in John’s Gospel. But Jesus of synoptic Gospels and Jesus of John’s Gospel is identical. John omits many themes like birth of Jesus, temptation scene, baptism of Jesus, ascension of the Risen Lord. We do not find the Institution of the Eucharist but we find a long discourse on ‘bread of life’ and the washing of the feet. We do not find the prayer at Gethsemane but we find Jesus who had absolute control over the situation: he was ready to face his enemy and was ready to do the will of the Father.


Discipleship in John is a personal transformation to the Master. We find a repentant Peter, Nicademus who comes to meet Jesus at ‘night’ but showed courage to give Jesus a dignified burial, a Samaritan woman who believed him as the Messiah, Mary Magdalene and a beloved disciple.


Jesus reveals his divine identity by using “I am” sayings – the divine self revelatory formula like ‘I am the light’, I am the bread of life’, “I am the way to the inner springs, the fountain of divine life and the truth that unfolds the hidden presence of the divine”.


The Gospel of John describes the inner journey of Jesus and presents his divine consciousness. In deep silence we experience as the divine Father as the hidden divine spring with in us. Jesus calls to worship the Father in ‘spirit and truth’.


Philip asks Jesus to show the Father. Jesus replied that “one who sees Jesus sees the Father. Here we find the absolute selflessness of Jesus that he was entirely merged in Father’s consciousness.


Gospel of John proclaims that Jesus is Messiah and Son of God and his teachings based on’ signs’ aim at bringing people to believe in Messiah and to attain eternal life. Faith is man’s response to the incarnated Word. For Paul faith is an objective reality. For John faith is an active and deliberate commitment to God in Jesus Christ. His mandate to his listeners, “As I have loved you, love one another”


Fr. Shepherd Thelapilly CMI


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