Homily for Saturday of the 5th Week of Lent Year A
Theme: God’s Presence
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Saturday, April 13 2019
(Jeremiah 31:10-13) Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent, Day 39th of Lent
In today’s Psalm the Psalmist expresses his trust in the Lord. He used the imagery of the relationship between the sheep and the shepherd. It is probably the best relationship to portray an iota of how God loves us. In the same way that a shepherd is willing to stake his life for his sheep, God gave His only Son to die for our salvation. In the same way that the sheep listen to their shepherd for guidance and directions, we also must listen to God to find our way towards the Kingdom.
God expresses His presence and protection in so many ways. We have angels assigned to each one of us. Creation continues to exist and develop through God’s sustenance. Our love ones are God’s concrete presences to us in the same way that we are God’s presence to others. God also communicates to us through our consciences. There, in our inmost being, God joins us and offers His guidance. It is for our best benefit to listen to Him.
God’s presence is most needed whenever our faith is being challenged. Utmost is satan telling us that God had abandoned us because of our weakness. The difficulties we experience will be satan’s main weapon to lure us away from God. Rather than agreeing with satan, we ought to maintain our stand for God. Difficulties or no difficulties, we remain with God because He remains with us. He sends His angels, His Spirit, His priests, and His servants to support us and share to us God’s graces. God assures us of His protection always and everywhere. We can go back to Scriptures and we will see there God’s everlasting presence in every moment of Israel’s history. As God’s people, God committed Himself to them. The commitment extends up to today. Let us recognize God’s presence and not repeat Israel’s disobedience.