HOMILY FOR THE 5TH SUNDAY OF EASTER YEAR C
THEME: WHAT IT WILL TAKE YOU
BY: Rev Fr Livinus Igbodekwe
HOMILY FOR SUNDAY MAY 15 2022
Jesus spoke about two builders. One of sand and one upon a rock (Matt 7:24f). And about a king arranging for battle (Lk 14:31). He says that both of these require adequate planning and strategic estimations. Otherwise their end will spell foolishness. Jesus was indirectly telling His hearers what it will take to be a good Christian. A Christian is both a builder and a warrior. It will take him wisdom to attain a rewarding end.
In the first reading, we see what it took Paul and Barnabas to conquer gentile regions for Jesus Christ. It took a number of things – risky journeys (just as it will take Peter, Jn 21:18) ; constant exhortation/encouragement of new converts; imparting fresh hearts; hardships and appointment of elders.
In the 2nd reading, it took an “Isles of Patmos” and great suffering in the quarry for the eye of John the Apostle to open and see a new heaven and a new earth. Since, he was the last apostle and a lone preacher at the time, Our Lord showed him heaven and the things that are to come, as a way of consolation that time of weeping and sorrows shall pass away.
In the Gospel, it took a Judas for Jesus’ glorification to come about through the cross. And it will take love within the disciples’ circle for them not to be scattered, but to abide in one heart and soul in dispatching the mandate of soul winning.
It takes certain things to be a faithful Christian. What has it taken you?
Happy Sunday to you!