Homily (Reflection) for Wednesday of the Third Week of Easter (13th April, 2016) on the Gospel

(Saint Martin 1, P.M., Opt Mem)


Acts 8:1-8;
Ps 65:1-7. (R. v. 1);
Jn 6:35-40.

Topic: Unless one believes.

Today’s gospel started from the last verse of yesterday’s gospel (Jn 6:35). Jesus said to the people that whoever comes to Him will not be driven away in accordance with the will of He who sent Him. Jesus explained the will of His Father,

And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.

The problem is neither in the will of the Father nor in the one whom He sent. Jesus said to the people, “But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe.”

Different parts of the world still witness good number of people in churches. However, the problem remains lack of faith both in God the Father and in the Son whom He has sent. Hence we continue to pursue shadows. And sad enough all these shadows will all come to an end one day, cf. 1Cor 13:8-12. And it is impossible for anyone to please God without faith, cf. Heb 11:6. The question now is, what will be the fate of one who does not believe in God when all he/she believes in fail?

Bible Reading: Heb 11:6.

Thought for today: What holds you from believing?

Let us pray: Lord, we believe; please help our unbelief! – Amen (cf. Mk 9:24).

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