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Homily (Reflection) for Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter (7th May, 2016) on the Gospel

 

Acts 18:23-28;
Ps 46:2-3.8-10. (R. v. 8);
Jn 16:23-28.

Topic: In the presence of God.

Today’s gospel started with the last verse of yesterday’s gospel, Jn 16:23. And it reads, “On that day you will ask nothing of me....” The day in question is in the future and refers to that day when Christ’s disciples will have joy nobody can take away, cf. Jn 16:22. That is when all the troubles and worries of this world are gone.

We read about that day in the first letter of Saint John, “Beloved, we are God's children now; it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” (1Jn 3:2). And in the book of Revelation we read more about the elects,

“They will hunger no more, and thirst no more; the sun will not strike them, nor any scorching heat; for the Lamb at the centre of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes” (Rev 7:16-17).

In chapter 21, we read also that God will dwell among them and “...will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away” (Rev 21:4). It will be all day and there will be no need of any light because the Lord God will be their light, and they shall reign forever and ever, cf. Rev 22:5; 21:23.

Dear friends, in the presence of God there is fullness of joy that will last forever, cf. Ps 16:11. One either work for that or for the things that will certainly pass away, cf. 2Pt 3:10; 1Cor 2:6; Jas 1:9-10.

Bible Reading: Phil 3:12–4:1.

Thought for today: Our nationality is in heaven, cf. Phil 3:20.

Let us pray: Lord, remember that we are dust and on our own we can do nothing – Amen (cf. Ps 103:14; Jn 15:5).

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