Homily (Reflection) for Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter (26th April, 2017) on the Gospel
Acts 5:17-26;Ps 33:2-9 (R. v. 7);
Topic: Commend or condemn.
Today’s gospel is a continuation of the discussion between Jesus and Nicodemus. God sent His only Son for us to have eternal life by believing in Him. Christ, God’s only Son did not come into the world to condemn it. However, “those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” Jesus explained further,
And this is the judgement, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed.”
God created light first. And seeing that light and darkness are incompatible, He separated them, cf. Gen 1:3-4. Jesus came into the world for us to have light, cf. Is 9:2; cf. Matt 4:12-16). In the words of Saint Paul, “He has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son” (Col 1:13). And Saint Peter wonderfully captured our call as Christians thus, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1Pt 2:9).
We “are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness” (1Thess 5:5). Saint Paul therefore rightly cautions us to, “walk as children of light” (Eph 5:8). It is in each person’s own hands to either commend or condemn him/herself by either believing or not believing.
Bible Reading: 1Pt 2:1-17.
Thought for today: Whoever does not believe is condemned.
Let us pray: God, help us to do what is true always. And may we never hate the light – Amen.
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