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Friday of the Second Week of Easter Download This Homily

May 3, 2019

Friday of the Second Week of Easter

 

Acts 5:34-42 ;

Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14;

 Gospel JN 14:6-14


Jesus said to Thomas, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, then you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him." Philip said to him, "Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us." Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?


The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own. The Father who dwells in me is doing his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else, believe because of the works themselves. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father.


And whatever you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it."

  

The Boy’s Gift

 

God often uses a single yes from a humble, seemingly insignificant person to do great work. Jeremiah was very young when he said yes to become a prophet.  God used the yes of a virgin to effect the Incarnation.  In today’s gospel we have another such yes, the yes of a boy who gave his lunch to Jesus. We don’t know why this boy was carrying a food packet.  Probably he was tending a flock or was planning to spend the day with this teacher, Jesus.

 

All we know is that Jesus asked him for his lunch.  He needed the boy’s gift, his yes.  He thought Jesus was hungry or perhaps the boy was willing to trade his hunger to satisfy the Master’s. Perhaps when his eyes locked on the glance of Christ, he would have given him his very life.  We don’t know.  However, there was a moment of decision before the moment of letting go.  We know that Jesus took this humble, self sacrificing gift of a nameless boy and worked one of his greatest signs and miracles.


God uses our humble yeses today.  Have you ever sensed him calling you to give up or do or do without, or accept or persevere?


We have that moment of decision that all important moment, just as the hungry boy did.  God asks, “Will you?” A priest aged 50 was dying of cancer.  He used to say, “I do not know what my future holds, but I do know who holds future.” Reflect on the yeses in your life.  Think of offering the Lord what little you have, knowing that in God’s hands it would be plenty; it would be a miracle.  Is there a moment of decision in your life now whether to hold on to your lunch, your will or your comfort or surrender it to the Master?


Rev. Jose Kariamadam CMI


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