HOMILY FOR FRIDAY OF THE 3RD WEEK OF EASTER (1)




HOMILY FOR FRIDAY OF THE 3RD WEEK OF EASTER

THEME: I am Jesus, and you are persecuting me.

BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA

HOMILY FOR FRIDAY MAY 6 2022

 

*READINGS OF THE DAY*
Acts 9:1-20
Psalm 116
John 6:52-59

*FROM OUR FIRST READING*
In our first reading today, we heard the account of the conversion of Saul the Pharisee as mentioned earlier. Saul was a young Pharisee who was very headstrong and fanatical in his beliefs, as he embarked on a campaign of extermination against the early Christians, whom he saw as the heretical followers of Jesus, Whom the Pharisees as part of the Sanhedrin had condemned to death and then crucified through the Romans as a false Messiah. Saul was convinced that what he was doing was the will of God.

*FROM OUR GOSPEL READING*
In the gospel reading of today, we hear how the crowd resist what Jesus had just said about giving his flesh for the life of the world as bread to be eaten. Yet, is spite of this resistance, the Lord insisted all the more on the need, not only to eat his flesh, but to drink his blood also.

*WHAT WE LEARN FROM THE GOSPEL OF TODAY*
This language we hear from todays Gospel Reading is very familiar to us from the Eucharist, ‘the body of Christ’, ‘the blood of Christ’. It has been the language of the church since its very earliest days. It was the Lord’s wish that in the Eucharist we would enter into communion with his body and his blood. Such communion, if entered into in faith, is an opportunity to draw life from the Lord.

*CONCLUSION*
if God could call a great sinner like St. Paul, then why can’t we do the same like what he had done and answer God’s call with a firm conviction? Let us all do our best to proclaim the Lord and His truth, His love and salvation to all the nations, in every single things we say and do in life.
May You All Have A Blessed Weekend!

Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA

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