Homily for Saturday of the 5th Week of Lent Year A
Theme: Believing Jesus as the Messiah
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Saturday April 4 2020
(Jn. 11:45-56) Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent
In today’s Gospel Jesus is said to be giving so many signs that many are starting to believe in Him. On the contrary, those in authority are being threatened and continue to veer away on the other direction of rejecting Jesus. Indeed, in front of Jesus, there is no middle way. Either you believe in Him, or you reject Him.
There are signs of believing Jesus as the Messiah, Son of God. His words and deeds witness to those truths. His teachings were much better than what any prophet can say and His miracles were awesome. He was regarded as the greatest prophet in Israel. If you listen to Him, you cannot but experience elation and bliss. When you look at Him, you cannot but be enamoured by His love and addicted to His stare. The image of Jesus on the cross maybe the most difficult sign. How can God allow His Son to die in the most scandalous and excruciating way? How can a Saviour suffer and die? It was an absurdity to the Greeks and a scandal to the Jews. But for the Christian, it is God showing how much He loves us. Because for the Christian, death is not the end but the entry to eternal life.
Jesus challenges us to faith. His life and ministry will either make us believe Him or not. The coming Holy Week will be an intensified and serious challenge to us. Let us ask the Spirit to give us the grace to listen to Jesus with our whole person. Let see Jesus not only with our bare eyes but with our hearts and minds. Let us accompany Jesus in His Passion, Death, and Resurrection.
May we come to believe in Him more and celebrate Easter as joyfully as Jesus resurrected.