HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY OF THE 3RD WEEK OF EASTER
THEME: What is really God’s will for my life?
BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA
HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY MAY 4 2022
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
Dear brethrens, we sometimes find ourselves asking, ‘What is God’s will for my life?’ We often struggle to answer that question. But Today’s gospel reading is clear about God’s will for humanity in a general sense, ‘It is my Father’s will that whoever sees the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life’. God, who so loved the world that he gave his only Son, wills that all humanity would come to believe in his Son and, so, find life.
*FROM OUR FIRST READING*
In today’s first reading, Philip preaches the gospel in Samaria and the people there unite in welcoming the message Philip preached. In Luke’s first volume, Jesus had attempted to preach the gospel to a Samaritan village but they rejected Jesus because he was heading for Jerusalem. Now the risen Lord, through Philip, preaches the gospel to the Samaritans and this time they welcome the gospel.
*FROM OUR GOSPEL READING*
In today’s gospel reading, Jesus says, ‘whoever comes to me I shall not turn away’. It is a statement that reveals the welcoming nature of the Lord’s presence. Those who come to him will find a welcome from him. The opening invitation of Jesus in this gospel is ‘Come and see’. He invites people to come to him and he promises those who do so that he will never turn them away. In this he is being true to God’s will which is, according to the gospel reading, that all who see the Son and believe in him shall have eternal life’. It is as the source of life, as the one who can satisfy our deepest hungers and thirsts, that Jesus invites people to come to him, while assuring them that they will never be turned away if they do come.
Dear brothers and sisters, in Easter we celebrate the faithfulness of God to his Son Jesus, and the faithfulness of Jesus to all of us. The Lord’s faithfulness encourages us to keep turning back to him, to keep coming to him, even after we have turned away from him. Even when we fail to respond to his coming, he remains for us the bread of life and he continues to promise that if we come to him we will never hunger and if we believe in him we will never thirst. That is the will of each and everyone of us.
*BLESSINGS OF THE DAY*
May the Almighty God bless us all and may He bless all our good plans for this day. Through Jesus Christ our Lord! Amen!
Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA