HOMILY FOR MONDAY OF THE 7TH WEEK OF EASTER
THEME: In the world you will have trouble, but be brave: I have conquered the world.
BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA
HOMILY FOR MONDAY MAY 30 2022
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
*FROM OUR FIRST READING*
In our first reading today, we heard of the story of how Paul evangelised to the people of Ephesus, continuing his ministry to the people of God. As mentioned, it was there that Paul spoke and preached to some of the faithful there who had followed and learnt through John the Baptist, the one who heralded for the coming of the Messiah, the One true Lord and Saviour of all. Paul revealed more of the truth of God to them and made them true believers as well, calling on them to follow Christ, and then, they received the Holy Spirit, beginning to proclaim God’s truth on their own.
*FROM OUR GOSPEL READING*
This morning’s gospel reading is set within the context of the last supper on the night before Jesus was crucified. Jesus tells his disciples plainly that soon they will be scattered each going his own way and leaving Jesus alone. He announces their failure, their lack of faithfulness to him. Jesus had declared earlier ‘I am the way’. Yet, his disciples would go their own way.
What Jesus says of himself in the gospel reading, we can all say of ourselves, ‘I am not alone’. Even when we are alone physically, we are not alone spiritually. God the Father is always with us; the risen Lord is always with us. The Holy Spirit is always with us. The Holy Spirit comes down upon us each day, as he came down upon the group of disciples in our first reading who initially said to Paul, ‘We were never even told there was such a thing as a Holy Spirit’. We are never fully alone. The Lord is with us through the Holy Spirit and if we open ourselves to his presence we will experience the Lord’s peace. As Jesus says in the gospel reading, ‘I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me’.
*BLESSINGS OF THE DAY*
May the Lord be with us always and may He bless all of our efforts and works, that we will always do our best in every opportunities that God has provided us. Amen.
Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA