Homily for Thursday of the 7th Week of Easter Year A
Theme: That we may be one
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Thursday, June 6 2019
(Jn. 17:20-26) Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter
In today’s Gospel Jesus prays for His disciples. It was His mission to gather them and make them one. Unity is not just being in one place, being in one mind, or having one look. Christian Unity has its source in the Spirit, uses love as its vehicle and the glory of God as its fruit.
Unity must be for a good cause. Only that inspiration of unity which comes from the Spirit is good. Thus, if servants gather together in prayer for a good cause, it is true unity. But if people gather to destroy, it comes from evil. Their unity is destructive.
Unity’s vehicle is love. The action, the ways used must be loving. It does not necessarily mean painless. At times it can involve sacrifice. What is important is the feeling or the intention brought together with the actions taken. At times members of the family will decide as one to discipline a wayward member. It maybe painful but loving.
Finally, the fruit should be for the greater glory of God. Unity not for the sake of riches, power, or fame. It is never material nor worldly. Unity should be aspired and attained with God. Jesus sought for that unity for us. He gave us the Spirit, made us experience His love, and wrought salvation.