HOMILY FOR THE 5TH SUNDAY OF EASTER YEAR A.
THEME: “I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE”.
BY: Fr. Cajetan Anyanwu
In most parts of the world today, there are agitations for self-determination and independence. These arose because of the hardship, discrimination, and marginalization some people are experiencing in their home countries. In the Acts of the apostles we read about the Hellenists agitating against the Hebrews. This was because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food (cf. Acts 6:1-7). No one endures being overlooked, discriminated against or neglected in the distribution of a country’s infrastructure. In most places this discrimination is openly done by politicians and those in government. Even to such an extent of running a system that favors some while others suffer.
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This unjust practice was corrected by the apostles. They elected seven deacons to make sure that goods were equally distributed to all. The entire process brought back peace and love. Human dignity and respect were restored and they all enjoyed a sense of belonging. And “The word of the Lord continued to spread: the number of disciples in Jerusalem was greatly increased.” This was possible because the apostles set Jesus as their model. Peter tells us: “Set yourselves close to him so that you too,… may be living stones making a spiritual house” (1Pt. 2:4-9). Faith in Jesus brings unity, peace and love.
For this reason, Jesus says: “I am the way, the truth and the life…. If you know me, you know my Father too” (Jn. 14:1-12). By knowing Jesus we have access to the Father. In Jesus we have peace and with Jesus justice prevails in our lives and in the world. Where Jesus is not known there is injustice and lack of peace. The miraculous powers in Jesus reaches those who trust in him. They may even do more miracles. “I tell you most solemnly, whoever believes in me will perform the same works as l do myself, he will perform even greater works.” This Easter time, let us pray for those marginalized and discriminated against in thier own countries or elsewhere. Happy Sunday.
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