Homily (Reflection) for Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter (22nd April, 2016) on the Gospel
Acts 13:26-33;Ps 2:6-11. (R. v. 7);
Topic: Be consoled.
Jesus gave us some consoling words in today’s gospel:
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?
He also assured us of a place in the mansion. To Thomas who confessed that they knew neither where He was going nor the way Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
We remember one of our favourite verses, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him” (1Cor 2:9, cf. Is 64:3). Are Jesus’ words of consolation necessary?
Jesus warned, “If they persecuted me, they will persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also” (Jn 15:20). And again, “If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household” (Matt 10:25). And in sum Jesus cautioned, “For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matt 7:14).
Jesus had passed through this stage that we are before us, cf. Heb 4:15. He tells us today and forever, not be troubled at the face of undesirable things we might meet on the road. What is kept in heaven cannot be compared with the difficulties on the road, cf. Matt 5:11-12; Rom 8:18; 1Pt 4:13.
Bible Reading: 1Cor 2:6-16.
Thought for today: Believe in God.
Let us pray: May God help us imitate Jesus as we work out our salvation – Amen (cf. Phil 2:12).
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