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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Friday of the 3rd Week of Easter Download This Homily

May 10, 2019

Friday of the 3rd Week of Easter

 

Acts 9:1-20 ;

Psalm 117:1-2;

Gospel JN 6:52-59


The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying,
“How can this man give us his Flesh to eat?” 
Jesus said to them,
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink his Blood,
you do not have life within you. 
Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood
has eternal life,
and I will raise him on the last day.
For my Flesh is true food,
and my Blood is true drink. 
Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood
remains in me and I in him.
Just as the living Father sent me
and I have life because of the Father,
so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. 
This is the bread that came down from heaven. 
Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died,
whoever eats this bread will live forever.” 
These things he said while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.

  

SOURCE AND POWER

 

As our church is in a village, we always lacked regular supply of electricity. To solve the issue we purchased a generator for the church. But it had to be packed off soon due to the increase in the price of diesel and the recurring repairing works. Our attempt to have battery back up by installing inverters also failed as they couldn’t supply power for long hours. At last we decided to go for the solar power that helped us to solve our problem permanently. The message:  the quality of the power is depended upon the kind of source from which we draw the power.


Jesus knew that it is the Heavenly Father who sent Jesus to this world. He knew that the source of his power is his loving relationship with the Heavenly Father itself and acknowledged that he even live just because of the Father (v. 57).


During the earthly ministry Jesus could have made use of different sources of power available to him to carry out his mission. He could have used his academic brilliance as he was able to argue with the elders even at the age of twelve and people used to be amazed of his wisdom. He could have used his power to perform miracles to fulfil his mission. Added to it, one of his disciples was from the group of zealots. He could have taken their help too. But Jesus always preferred to be united with the heavenly Father. For him, to have the witness of the Father for his works was sufficient. He could withstand any opposition in his life with the confidence that heavenly Father is with him.


Today, we need enormous power in order to lead a life of love, service and forgiveness in this strife filled world. We cannot live this life by relying merely upon our own strength and the strength of our co-workers/family members. We have to tap an everlasting, ever renewing source of power. This source of power is to remain united with the Heavenly Father. We need to develop a childlike like relationship with Him. We must be able to call God ‘Abba Father’ just as Jesus addressed him.


Fr. Johnson Bezalel CMI


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