HOMILY FOR TUESDAY OF 4TH WEEK OF EASTER.
THEME: The Father who gave them to me is greater than anyone, and no one can steal from the Father. The Father and I are one.’
BY: FR. DEOTATIOUS CHIKONTWE SMA.
SAINT OF THE DAY Memorial of Saint Athanasius, Bishop, Doctor
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
*FROM OUR FIRST READING*
Barnabas features prominently in today’s first reading. He is described there as a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and with faith. He was a leader of the church in Jerusalem and he approved very much of what he saw happening in the church of Antioch where the gospel was being preached not only to Jews but to pagans as well. He was also someone who had the insight to see that this new and exciting development in the church of Antioch was the perfect place for the recently converted Saul to exercise his gifts. Barnabas introduced Saul to the church in Antioch and Saul went on to become a leading member of that church, and the church became an important spiritual home for Saul. Barnabas was one of those people who made way for others, who have the generosity of spirit to see that that a certain situation could benefit from the gifts of someone else.
*FROM OUR GOSPEL READING*
In the gospel reading Jesus declares that no one will steal his disciples from him. It is a very reassuring promise for all of us. Jesus is speaking as the good shepherd who defends the members of his flock in times of danger, who stands up against the thieves and robbers who intend to do harm to the flock. He is the good shepherd who is prepared to put his life on the line for his flock. Indeed he has already done so, laying down his life so that we may have life and have it to the full.
Dear brothers and sisters, today all of us are reminded that as Christians all of us must first of all do what the Lord has commanded and taught us to do, to be devoted and committed to Him in all things. Each and every one of us have been given the gifts, grace and blessings, the opportunities and the abilities to carry out our respective parts in doing the work of God, to be faithful and committed in our lives as Christians. All of us should do our best and strive to be good role models, inspirations and examples to one another in our faith and way of life.
*BLESSINGS OF THE DAY*
May God bless our every good works and efforts, for the greater glory of His Name. St Athanasius Pray for Us.
Fr Deotacious Chikontwe SMA.
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