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Homily (Reflection) for Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Easter (11th May, 2016) on the Gospel

 

Acts 20:28-38;
Ps 67:29-30.33-36. (R. v. 33);
Jn 17:11b-19.

Topic: Transformation by the Word.

In the Psalms, judges and rulers were referred to as gods, cf. Ps 58:1. 82:6. Jesus later explained in the gospel why they were designated by such name: “it uses the word ‘gods’ of those people to whom the word of God was addressed...” (Jn 10:35, TNJB).

Today’s gospel is a continuation of Jesus’ prayer for His disciples started in yesterday’s gospel. We take this quotation from today’s gospel,

I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one.

Jesus Christ is the Word of God made flesh, cf. Jn 1:14; Rev 19:13. As He does not belong to the world, all who received Him (the Word of God) are transformed into new creatures, cf. Jn 1:12; 2Cor 5:17; Gal 6:15; Eph 4:24; Col 3:10. They shall all be as He is, cf. 1Jn 3:2. Hence, Jesus said that those He had given the Word do not belong to the world as He does not belong to the world.

The Word of God in question is living and active, cf. Heb 4:12. It is spirit and life, cf. Jn 6:63. Saint Paul skilfully described it as the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, and rightly admonished all to accept it, Eph 6:17. But the word of God will not bring about the desired transformation unless one receives it as what it is, and also avoid any thing that will discredit it, cf. 1Thess 2:13; Tit 2:5; Lk 11:28. In summary, accept and live the word.

Bible Reading: 1Pt 2:1-10. 2Pt 2:1-22.

Thought for today: Every Christian is a new creature, cf. Col 3:10; Eph 4:24.

Let us pray: Lord, help us to be always conscious of the fact that we are new creatures and to live our lives accordingly – Amen.

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