Homily for the 5th Sunday of Easter Year A
Theme: The Way, the Truth and the Life
By: Fr. Emmanuel Nwokeji.
Homily for Sunday May 10 2020
“Let not your hearts be troubled; believe God, believe in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, would l have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also…” These very words of Jesus Christ give life to mourning hearts, assurance to dying men and women and hope to those saddened by the certainty of dying.
In the olden days, it was normal for travellers to send some of their party on in advance, to find a lodging and make arrangements for them in great city. Many a time one or the other of disciples had been sent before His face into every place where He Himself should come. Even during the last supper, disciples were sent to locate a place for the passover meal. Some leaders sent emissaries before their arrival to monitor and make things ready.
Jesus Christ takes that office Himself. The office which He takes upon Himself is that an inferior and a servant. For better understanding, Jesus presents Himself a prodromos (forerunner) that went ahead of the other troupes or main body of army to blaze the trail and ensure safety for others. Prodromos synonymous with sarisssophoros signifies one who comes in advance to a place where the rest are to follow, or one who is sent on before as a scout to take observation. In this framework, Jesus Christ is our forerunner for He has gone into heaven to prepare a place for His people after which He will lead them. Before Christ the high priest was not a forerunner but a representative who led into Holy of Holies where no one could follow. Christ goes before us to prepare the way for us, to open the gates of heaven by His roles.
The departure with purpose, the return for our good and perfected union which is purpose of creating man ought to help us to remain abide in Christ especially when the evening is fast falling.
Jesus has left but His abiding presence is with us, He will come again visibly in the manner he left, but our respond to His biblical injunctions will assure us perfected union.
Therefore, let insure our lives in Christ words so that his dwelling place will be open to us when death shut us up from this earth.
Let us live in the strength of assurance that Jesus who is the way, the truth and the life, will accommodate us in the heaven if we follow Him through Words and Sacraments.
Fr. Emmanuel Nwokeji.