HOMILY FOR SATURDAY OF THE 7TH WEEK OF EASTER
THEME: There were many other things that Jesus did; if all were written down, the world itself, I suppose, would not hold all the books that would have to be written.
BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA
HOMILY FOR SATURDAY JUNE 4 2022
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
Dear Friends in Christ, this is the final weekday of the Easter season. The season of Easter concludes with tomorrow’s feast of Pentecost. We are back to Ordinary Time on Monday. As we conclude the Easter Season the two readings of today’s Mass are also conclusions.
*FROM OUR FIRST READING*
The first reading is the conclusion of the Acts of the Apostles from which we have been reading since Easter Sunday. It speaks of the arrival of Paul in Rome as a prisoner of the Roman authorities. Yet, even while under house arrest, Luke describes him as continuing to do what he had been doing since his meeting with the risen Lord on the road to Damascus, ‘proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching the truth about the Lord Jesus Christ.
*FROM OUR GOSPEL READING*
The gospel reading is the conclusion of John’s gospel, from which we have also been reading since Easter Sunday.
And personalIy, i have been struck by the concluding sentence of today’s gospel reading. It is actually the concluding sentence of the fourth gospel. The evangelist declares that there were many other things Jesus did that are not mentioned in his gospel. He goes on to declare that the world itself could not contain all the books that would have to be written if everything Jesus said and did were written down.
There is more to Jesus than all four evangelists together have managed to express. Each evangelist gives us an inspired portrait of Jesus. We are fortunate to have these four portraits of Jesus, even if no one of them and not even all four together, fully capture the mystery of Jesus, who was the fullest revelation of God possible in human form. Yet the gospels reveal all we need to know about Jesus for our lives of faith. They give us the portrait of Jesus that the Holy Spirit wants us to have. The Holy Spirit, working through various human agents, has given us this wonderful gift of the four gospels. This morning’s gospel reading speaks of the beloved disciple as the one wrote down, or caused to be written down, what we now know as the fourth gospel or the gospel of John. We give thanks to God this morning for all four evangelists and for the priceless legacy they have left us, under the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit, whose feast we celebrate tomorrow. I encourage everyone to attend mass tomorrow in your different parishes. God Bless You All.
Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA