Homily (Reflection) for Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Easter (20th April, 2016) on the Gospel

(Saint Marcellinus, B., Opt Mem)


Acts 12:24–13:5;
Ps 66:2-3.5-6.8. (R. v. 4);
Jn 12:44-50.

Topic: True preachers’ watchword.

Jesus declared publicly in today’s gospel that whoever believes in Him and whoever sees Him believes and sees the one who sent Him respectively, cf. Jn 14:9. He came into the world as a light to those who believe in Him. Jesus came to save and not to judge the world. Whoever rejects Him and does not receive His word will be judged on the last day by the very words He has spoken. Jesus went on and explained,

for I have not spoken on my own, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment about what to say and what to speak.... What I speak, therefore, I speak just as the Father has told me.

Note the emphasis on His faithfulness to the Father who sent Him. And Jesus is equal to the Father, cf. Jn 10:30. But today, some think that they have better words than God’s thereby forgetting that “the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men” (1Cor 1:25). And in the letter to the Hebrews we read, “the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” Heb 4:12.

We must distinguish between the word of God and the word of men, cf. 1Thess 2:13. God’s testimony cannot be compared with humans, cf. 1Jn 5:9. Every true preacher must therefore be able to say with Jesus: “What I speak... I speak just as the Father has told me.” And not forgetting that whatever one sows is what he/she will reap, cf. Gal 6:7; Lk 6:48-49.

Bible Reading: Lk 6:46-49; Heb 6:1-12.

Thought for today: Everyone will reap what he or she sows.

Let us pray: Lord, help us to receive and to keep your words – Amen.

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