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Thursday of the 2nd Week of Easter Download This Homily

May 2, 2019

Thursday of the 2nd Week of Easter

 

Acts 5:27-33;

Psalm 34:2, 9, 17-20;

Gospel JN 3:31-36


The one who comes from above is above all.
The one who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of earthly things.
But the one who comes from heaven is above all.
He testifies to what he has seen and heard,
but no one accepts his testimony.
Whoever does accept his testimony certifies that God is trustworthy.
For the one whom God sent speaks the words of God.
He does not ration his gift of the Spirit.
The Father loves the Son and has given everything over to him.
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life,
but whoever disobeys the Son will not see life,
but the wrath of God remains upon him.

 

 

A Witnessing God

 

Today’s gospel is the summary of the message of the chapter. The main ideas present are a) Father as the source of Jesus’ revelation. b) Jesus as the source of the communion with the Father c) Every Christian is entitled to be born by the Spirit. d) Jesus comes from above and reveals only heavenly things. f) Father had given all authority to Jesus and whoever believes in Jesus has eternal life.


God gives the Holy Spirit without reserve (3: 34)


In his first letter to the Corinthians chapter six versus 12-20, Paul says ways “how to live pure and holy” in daily life. There are three reasons.


Christological: - we belong to Christ. We are bought with a price. We Are possessions of Christ. We are consecrated and set apart. Let Jesus be our Master. Let Jesus be the center of our life Pneumatological: - We are the temple of Christ, and the Spirit of the Lord lives in us. Glorify God in your body. You are the sanctuary (Holy of holies- word used “Nauos”). Do not sin in your body.


Eschatological: - Our body is destined to be resurrected. So we need greater esteem to the body. Respect your body and the body of the other. Do not misuse, exploit or make the body an object of pleasure for your desires. It is not ‘selling” your body but “giving” your body in sacrifice that makes you a disciple of Christ.  The Challenge is to live your sexuality in loving obedience to God’s will. Purity of mind and body is required John in verse 33, shows the transformation that occurs when a man truly believes and receives Jesus as his Savior. The man who believes and receives Christ's testimony attests to the truth that Jesus is the Messiah who comes from God. The believer's act of faith in Jesus Christ proclaims who Jesus is. Paul stresses this truth saying, "Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." (1 Corinthians 2:14).


Prayer- “Lord Jesus Christ, let your Holy Spirit fill me and transform my heart and mind that I may choose life -- abundant life in you and with you.  And give me the courage and strength to always discern good from evil and to reject everything that is false and contrary to your holy will."


Fr. Shepherd Theleppilly CMI


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