HOMILY FOR FRIDAY OF 3RD WEEK OF EASTER.
THEME: He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me and I live in him.
BY: FR. DEOTATIOUS CHIKONTWE SMA.
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
*FROM OUR FIRST READING*
The story of Paul’s transformation is one of the founding stories of our Christian faith. Here was a Pharisee who, on his own admission, was a zealous persecutor of the church. Yet, the Lord managed to break through to him and completely turn his life around, so that the zealous persecutor became the equally zealous preacher of the gospel to the Gentiles. As a Pharisee, Paul could never have envisaged the way he would spend the last thirty years of his life, but the Lord was able to envisage it. Paul’s story reminds us that the Lord’s plans for us may be a great deal bolder than what we might have in mind for ourselves. The Lord took Paul by surprise, and he can take any of us by surprise. Our calling is to allow the Lord’s vision and purpose for our lives to become more of a reality.
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*FROM OUR GOSPEL READING*
The language of Jesus in today’s gospel reading must have sounded very offensive to many people. The realism of his talk about eating his flesh and drinking his blood is shocking in many ways. It is the language of the Eucharist. In the Eucharist we consume Christ in a very personal way. In taking him into ourselves in this very intimate way, we are taking in all that he stands for, all that he lived and died for. We are taking in his loving commitment to God and to humanity. In receiving Jesus in the Eucharist, we are inviting him to live out in us his life towards God and towards others. As Jesus says in the gospel reading, ‘whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me and I live in them’.
The Lord comes to us in the Eucharist to draw us to himself so that he can live in us and through us. We receive his body and blood in the Eucharist so that we may become more fully his body in the world. That is why the Eucharist is at the heart of our lives as disciples of the Lord.
When we attend Mass we are not only nourished by God’s Word but also, we receive Jesus Christ Himself, His Body and Blood as we go to Holy Communion. What we receive is not just a piece of white and round un-consecrated host of unleavened wheat bread but the Lord Himself, the Second Person of the Trinity and born of the Virgin Mary. He is the same Jesus who truly lives among us. He is the same Jesus who worked miracles and preached the Kingdom of God to the Jewish people. He is the same Jesus who suffered and died on the cross and rose from the dead for the salvation of all.
May God be with us all, especially in our everyday endeavours.
Fr Deotacious Chikontwe SMA.
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