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Homily (Reflection) for Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter (9th May, 2016) on the Gospel

 

Acts 19:1-8;
Ps 67:2-7. (R. v.33);
Jn 16:29-33.

Topic: Christ has conquered.

In today’s gospel, Jesus’ disciples were happy that Jesus spoke plainly. This made them know that Jesus is all-knowing and also believed that He is God sent. Jesus foretold the impending scandal, “Do you now believe? The hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each one to his home, and you will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me.” He made these known to them so that in Him they might have peace but in the world persecution. Jesus also consoled them, “But take courage; I have conquered the world!”

Even when not a single person remained with Jesus, the Father is always with Him. Jesus told us His secret, “And he who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to him” (Jn 8:29).

God created each and every one of us ultimately to overcome the world just as Jesus did, cf. Gen 1:28. But no one can succeed without Him, cf. Jn 15:5. Hence the Psalmist confessed, “With God we shall do valiantly; it is he who will tread down our foes” (Ps 60:12, cf. Ps 108:13).

Friends, in every circumstance let us remember that God is always with His people, cf. Matt 28:20. Again, nothing is impossible with this God who is always with us, cf. Matt 19:26; Mk 10:27; Lk 1:37. We are only to remain with Him faithfully in whatever state we are called, cf. 1Cor 7:24. And finally, remember that “Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labour in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain” (Ps 127:1).

Bible Reading: Ps 60.

Thought for today: Jesus has conquered the world.

Let us pray: May God help us recognize His works in and around us – Amen.

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