Homily for the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord
Theme: A little while
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily: (Jn. 16:16-20) Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter
In today’s Gospel Jesus tells His apostles of His going away and coming back “in a little while.” It drew a lot of confusion and even misunderstanding from the disciples. Of course, in God’s time, “in a little while” maybe a second or eternity. How long is not the question but the proper time. The people with St. Paul underestimated Jesus’ words that He will come again. They thought it was in the very near future. As a result, they stopped working and just stayed in the temple praying and anticipating Jesus’ second coming. St. Paul was very angry because they had abandoned their lives and many members of their families were left unattended. In his anger, he threatened those who will not work will not eat.
Knowing when Jesus will come is a need we have. It gives us time to prepare. But what kind of preparation will it be? It is the kind that is influenced by time. Jesus meant not to speak in clear and defined time in order for us to be always prepared, not to be conscious with time. Otherwise, our preparation will be either rushed or half-hearted. Faithfulness should be constant. We do not only live a faithful life when Jesus is here. We are faithful because we need to.
“A little while” actually means that we continue to live our faith in season and out of season. Jesus maybe out of our sight or physically absent but it does not mean we will ease on our faith. We ought not to be like mice which will play when the cat is away. Jesus might be going but He will not be away permanently and out of reach. The Spirit will make that possible.