Homily for Saturday within the Octave of Easter
Theme: JESUS AND MARY
MAGDALENE……”Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good News to all creation”
By: Fr. Jacques PHILIPPE
Homily for Saturday, April 27 2019
Today, relying on the risen Jesus, we must rediscover the Gospel as the “Good News”. The Gospel is not a law that tyrannizes us. Occasionally, we may have fallen into the temptation of thinking that non-Christians are more tranquil than us and do what they want, whereas we have to abide by a list of commandments. This is a merely superficial view of things.
Personally, one of my biggest concerns is that the Gospel may always be presented as good news, happy news that fills our hearts with joy and consolation.
The teaching of Jesus is certainly demanding, but Thérèse of the Child Jesus helps us to really perceive it as a good news, since for her the Gospel is nothing but the revelation of God’s tenderness, of God’s mercy with each one of His children, and it points out to the laws of life that lead to happiness. The center of Christian life is to welcome with appreciation the kindness and the goodness of God – revelation of his merciful love – and allow us to be transformed by this love.
The spiritual journey taken by Saint Thérèse, the “little way”, is an authentic way of holiness, a path with room for all, made in such a way that no one can get discouraged, neither the humblest nor the, poorest or more sinner. Thérèse anticipates thus the Vatican II Council that strongly affirms that holiness is not an exceptional way, but a call to all Christians, which nobody should be excluded from. Up to the most vulnerable and miserable men can respond to the call to holiness.
This Holiness consists of a «way all about confidence and love». Thus, «it is your arms, Jesus, which are the lift to carry me to Heaven (…).You, my God, have exceeded my hope, and I would like to sing your mercies” (St. Thérèse of Lisieux).
Fr. Jacques PHILIPPE (Cordes sur Ciel, France)