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Wednesday of the 3rd Week of Easter Download This Homily

May 8, 2019

Wednesday of the 3rd Week of Easter

 

Acts 8:1-8 ;

Psalm 66:1-7;

Gospel JN 6:35-40


Jesus said to the crowds,
"I am the bread of life;
whoever comes to me will never hunger,
and whoever believes in me will never thirst.
But I told you that although you have seen me,
you do not believe.
Everything that the Father gives me will come to me,
and I will not reject anyone who comes to me,
because I came down from heaven not to do my own will
but the will of the one who sent me.
And this is the will of the one who sent me,
that I should not lose anything of what he gave me,
but that I should raise it on the last day.
For this is the will of my Father,
that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him
may have eternal life,
and I shall raise him on the last day."

  

SPIRITUAL ADOPTION

 

One of the leadership qualities of Jesus was that he defended his disciples always. He defended them when they were accused of breaking the Sabbath, not observing fasting and so on. It was because Jesus was aware of the fact that the heavenly Father has entrusted them for his care.


In today’s Gospel Jesus speaks of his mission on this earth, namely to fulfil the will of the Father who has sent him. And the will of God for Jesus was that he must take care of all his disciples till the last day (v.39). It is because they were given to him by the heavenly Father himself. To fulfil the will of the Father, he kept his disciples close to him for three years. He paid their taxes, prepared breakfast on the sea shore and healed the mother-in-law of Peter.

Jesus was considerate not only to his disciples but to everyone else as if they all belong to his own family; the synagogue official who was not even a Jew, the woman caught in adultery, the five thousand for whom he multiplied bread.


In today’s society we have lost the sensitivity to others’ needs because we do not think that we are any way related to them.  If we can see the beggar on the road side, the children in the railway platform, the women exploited, etc. as the members of our own family, then we would become more sensitive to their pain. We need spiritual adoption whereby we see others as our own brothers and sisters. Through this spiritual adoption of the weak and the marginalised in our parish, neighbourhood and society we will be able to relate with them as the members of our own family. We will become responsible to their pain, suffering, joy and growth in life.


Mother Mary who adopted the entire human race from the foot of the cross may help us!


Fr. Johnson Bezalel CMI


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