Homily for Tuesday of the 7th Week of Easter Year A
Theme: The Holy Spirit aids us to achieve our life’s full potentials.
By: Rev. Fr. Callistus Emenyonu, cmf
Homily for Tuesday, June 5 2019
READINGS: Acts. 20: 17-27, Ps. 68, John. 17: 1-11
The Holy Spirit is the life giving source and the force of our life. It is everything good that life needs and that keeps life in its topmost form.
There is nothing good and desirable that the Holy Spirit cannot assist us to achieve when we have a good rapport with him. It is the best of friends and rightly called the counsellor as Jesus was said to be the wonderful counsellor because he has the fullness of the Holy Spirit. As a counsellor he shows us the best option in life and the best way of doing things to achieve the best desired result. With the direction and unction of the Holy Spirit and being faithful to his guidance, no one can get into trouble because even before problem comes, he sees it and reveals it to us. If the problem is meant to be and it is for the glory of God as willed by him; he gives us the fortitude and courage to face it. He removes fear and timidity from us making us strong and firm to face such problem; he even gives us the inner joy and peace in the face of such problems.
Beloved, the testimonies of Paul and Jesus in both readings today give credence to the above assertions. It was the Holy Spirit who lived in Paul that made it possible for him to serve the people with humility. The Holy Spirit gives the fruit of humility to those who are endowed with his gifts. The same Holy Spirit gave him the courage to accept and go through the troubles and evil plots of the Jews and never deterred him from focusing on the mission of spreading the gospel that God entrusted to him. This courageous zeal of the Holy Spirit led him to his final journey to Jerusalem to enter his passion like his master. The same Holy Spirit that partners his life gave him the revelation of what awaits him there. He was not perturbed because like Jesus he knows that he is not alone but with the Father’s presence in the Spirit. Paul said: I am going to Jerusalem, bound in the Spirit, not knowing what shall befall me there; except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me. But Paul did not place any value over his life because he is not the one who lives but the Holy Spirit lives in him. Paul boldly said: But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself. When we are in the right spirit, we get the revelations of what is to come and the graces to follow. He in turn gives us the courage and strength to carry out all God’s plans for us.
Beloved, Jesus being anointed with the Holy Spirit did all that the Father willed for him in his earthly mission. In his priestly prayer for the unity of the Church, we see him giving credible witness to God. He gave an account of his stewardship to the Father; He gave eternal life to those the Father gave to him, he glorified God on earth and accomplished all the mission of the Father, he manifested God’s name to the people, he gave them the words which God gave him to give to the people of the world, and he prayed for them. This is the type of testimony that the true child of God can give about himself which is made possible only when the person’s life is Holy Spirit-directed like Christ and Paul. There is no true child of God who will not be aided by the Holy Spirit to achieve his or her full life potentials on earth.
Beloved, let us pray that we may place great value over the indispensable relationship and obedience to the Holy Spirit in our lives. We ask God to help us retain the Spirit he has given us so that we may not anger him to leave us to ourselves which will spell doom in our lives. We pray that this same Spirit of God will help us achieve our divine goals on earth, Amen. Rev. Fr. Callistus Emenyonu, cmf