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Sunday of the 5th week of Easter Download This Homily

May 19, 2019

Sunday of the 5th week of Easter

 

Acts 14:21-27 ;

Psalm 145:8-13;

Revelation 21:1-5;

When Judas had left them, Jesus said,
"Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him.
If God is glorified in him,
God will also glorify him in himself,
and God will glorify him at once.
My children, I will be with you only a little while longer.
I give you a new commandment: love one another.
As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.
This is how all will know that you are my disciples,
if you have love for one another."

 

 

Lokpal Bill and Love-pal Bill

 

Once Anna Hazare claimed that the proposed Lokpal Bill would be the solution to the corruption in the Government administration. But corruption is only one of the many evils exist in the society. There are hundreds of other evils like sexual exploitation, poverty, oppression of poor, child labour, exploitation of the nature and many more. Anna Hazare and all other revolutionaries are silent in the face of these evils. But in today’s Gospel, Jesus proposes a new rule that can remove all the evils in the society. We may call it Love-pal Bill. In today’s Gospel passage Jesus says, “I give you a new commandment that you love one another.’ Loving one another just as Jesus loved us is the only solution for the evils spread in this society.


New Earth and Heaven: Jesus, through today’s second reading promises ‘a new heaven and new earth.’ It is because as the reading continues, ‘God has pitched his tent among us.’ God had earlier pitched his tent among the Israelites out of his love for the chosen people. The tent was the symbol of God’s love, care and protection. This love of God became personified in the person of Jesus who was the tent of God in New Testament. For Jesus, love was the basis of every word he spoke and motivation behind every action he performed. When Jesus healed the leaper and lame, they all experienced a new earth. When Jesus multiplied bread for the five thousand, the people experienced new heaven…The foundation for this new earth and new heaven is nothing but love. Jesus asks disciples to love one another just as he loved them. Because, only love can change the people.


No law but love: No law could prevent the tax collector from exploiting the people, but the loving words from Jesus changed the tax collectors like Matthew and Zachaeus. The harsh law with death penalty could not prevent sexual immorality in the society, but the loving gesture of Jesus could convert the woman caught in adultery. No law by Moses prevented people from abandoning their parents in their old age (Mt 15:1-7) but love of Jesus could. And no Sabbath law could heal the crippled man but the love of Jesus. It was love of Jesus that changed the good thief on the cross, not the death penalty that he had received.


Love Revolution: Making this love as the ‘rule of our life’ is what we call the ‘Love-pal’ Bill. This is the love Revolution. Today’s world needs a revolution. Result of revolution is not the modification of existing structures, but all together new structures. That is what Jesus calls new heaven and new earth. Each of our acts must be motivated by this love. St. Paul beautifully says that, “let all that you do be done in love” (I Cor 16:14). This love must be the binding force in our families. All the words we speak and all the thoughts that arise in our mind too must be out of love, because St. Paul says “if there is no love we are nothing but noisy gongs” (I Cor 13). But if there is love, then people will know that we are the disciples of Jesus Christ.


God pitched his tent among us in the person of Jesus and showed us that the love can bring new heaven and earth. Then, as Book of Revelation says, there will be no tears in the eyes, death will be no more, mourning and crying and pain will be no more. Into that heaven of love, let this society awake.


Fr. Johnson Bezalel CMI


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