HOMILY FOR THE 6TH SUNDAY OF EASTER YEAR C
THEME: Jesus is giving us the peace and love that the world cannot give us.
BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA
HOMILY FOR SUNDAY MAY 22 2022
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
Dear Friends in Christ, today we celebrate the 6th Sunday of Easter. And on this day, our Lord promises us peace, but not the world’s version. But the peace from the heavens version, of which when we are worried or anxious, the peace of Christ is available to us the beloved sons and daughters of the Father.
*ABOUT OUR FIRST READING*
In our first reading of today, we are presented with the controversy and divisions that existed within the Church in its early days when there were disagreements between those who sought to impose the very strict and harsh version of the laws and customs.
As such, the Apostles and the whole Church discussed and prayed over the matter, and they considered how they could make it better especially for the Gentiles to follow the Lord.
*ABOUT OUR SECOND READING*
The message that we heard in our second reading today showed us the vision of the heavenly Jerusalem, the new Heaven and the new Earth that will come in the end, and into which all the people are called to come, regardless of their race and background, and regardless of their affiliations and status. What matters is their faith and genuine love for God.
*ABOUT OUR GOSPEL READING*
In today’s gospel reading, Jesus is portrayed as preparing his disciples for an experience of loss which they will find devastating. The setting is the evening before Jesus is crucified, the last supper. Jesus says clearly to his disciples that he is going away, he is leaving them. He tries to prepare them for the crisis that his death will create for them. He tells them that his departure is in reality a good thing, because it will make it possible for him to come back to them in a new way.
Jesus promises in today’s liturgy that those who open themselves to his coming, will experience a peace that the world cannot give. Jesus is not promising us that life would be easy or trouble free or without conflict. What Jesus is promising is that in the midst of conflicts, hardships and struggles we would know a deeply rooted peace if we allow the Lord to make his home in us.
May You Have A Blessed Sunday!
Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA