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Saturday of the 6th week of Easter Download This Homily

June 1, 2019

Saturday of the 6th week of Easter

 

Acts 18:23-28 ;

Psalm 47:2-3, 8-10;

Gospel JN 16:23B-28


Jesus said to his disciples:
"Amen, amen, I say to you,
whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.
Until now you have not asked anything in my name;
ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.

"I have told you this in figures of speech.
The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures
but I will tell you clearly about the Father.
On that day you will ask in my name,
and I do not tell you that I will ask the Father for you.
For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me
and have come to believe that I came from God.
I came from the Father and have come into the world.
Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father." 

 

Dignity of the Children of God!

 

 

The incarnation was motivated by divine love.  St. John says, “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”(Jn 3:16).  It is out of love that the Father sent His only Son in to this world.  The redemption is motivated by love.  It is out of love for humanity that Jesus gave his life.  He said, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends”(Jn 15:13).  Hence Jesus manifested the greatest love possible in this world, by dying for us on the cross.  By his sufferings and death Jesus gives us the dignity of the children of God.  That is why Galatians 3:25-26 says, “But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.” The words of Jesus on the cross to his mother ‘woman, this is your son’ express the dignity that Jesus obtained for us through His sufferings and death on the cross.  In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “It will not be for me to ask the Father for you, for the Father himself loves you because you loved me and you believe that I came from the Father”.


Jesus shares everything with us including His Sonship.  1 Jn 3:1 says, See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”


Jesus teaches us that we can have the graces and blessings of the Lord, if only we ask Him for the same with faith.  What better assurance can we have of the Lord’s assistance and help while living on this earth?  In Matthew 7:7 Jesus is clearer: "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you”.  St. John in his letter teaches us that to receive whatever we ask, we should ask in accordance with His will. “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us”(1 Jn 5:14).


Another theme that runs through today’s first reading is that one of the activities of a Christian is to strengthen her/his fellow believers.  Apollos went to different places and “strengthened those who by God’s grace, became believers”.   We, sometimes if not very often, commit the sin of discouraging others.  Apollos himself was strengthened by Priscilla and Aquila who found Apollos preaching with great enthusiasm and eloquence and took him home and explained to him the way more accurately.  A Christian cannot escape from this duty of strengthening the brethren.  In Lk 22:32, Jesus tells Peter, I have prayed for you, Simon that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” We all fall at times and every fall should teach us that we stand in need of assistance and we need to assist others who are entrusted with similar missions.


Fr. Francis Scaria


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