Homily for Tuesday of the 7th Week of Easter Year A
Theme: How to attain eternal life
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Tuesday, June 4 2019
(Jn. 17:1-11) Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter
In today’s Gospel Jesus prays to the Father for the disciples. Jesus told the Father how the disciples had struggled in their faith. But Jesus did not abandon them. He taught and guided them. He made them know the Father do that they would attain eternal life. He would leave them in the world but they do not belong to the world. Eventually, in God’s time, the disciples will join Jesus in the Kingdom.
Eternal life is a matter of faith. When we believe that life does not end in death, we also believe that there is God. Thus, JESUS defined it as knowing the Father and believing in Him who was sent. One does not automatically transition to eternal life with God. It involves faith in Him. If we want to belong to Him and be with Him, we ought to live our lives in accordance with His will.
There is also eternal death. It is a transition to an afterlife which rejected God. It seems unthinkable but true. There are those who had doubted not only God’s existence but also His power. Willingly ignoring and rejecting God happen to those people who had grown too sure and trusting of themselves. They thought that their intelligence, power, riches, and fame are enough to give them the fullness of life.
Without God, we are nothing even if we have everything in this world. With God, even if we have none of this world, we have everything. Because with God, we have eternal life.