HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY OF THE 4TH WEEK OF EASTER
THEME: SHORT REFLECTION ON THE TRINITY
BY:Fr. Francis Onwunali
HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY MAY 11 2022
The readings of today’s Liturgy summed up together are Trinitarian in character and presentation. The work and will of the Father inaugurated by the Son are propagated through action of the Holy Spirit. We are called to participate and be alive in this communion.
In the gospel (John 12: 44-50), Jesus tells us that to see Him is to see the Father, emphasizing the intimate bond between Him and the Father. Jesus is the light and life of the Father who have come not to condemn and punish, but to save and restore all who would believe in Him. With the light, we are delivered from the darkness of sin and death, and restored into the Kingdom of Life.
This is what Paul and Barnabas were called out in the first reading (Acts 12: 24- 13: 5) by the Holy Spirit to carry out to the nations outside of Jerusalem. “While they were worshipping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them”. This same call is been made of us all today. Am I ready to respond to the Holy Spirit?
Dear friends, the light of Christ removes darkness and reveals the goodness of God to us. Just as natural light produces warmth and energy – enabling seeds to sprout and living things to grow- in like manner, God’s light and truth enables us to grow in the abundant life which only God can offer us. Jesus’ words produce life – the very life of God- on those who receive it in faith.
I pray as we journey in life today, we will ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten us in wisdom and understanding of the Word of God so that as we are set free from ignorance, doubt, sin, deception and death, we will experience the healing, pardon and transformation it brings. We pray with the Psalmist: “O God, be gracious and bless us and let your face shed its light upon us” (Ps.67: 2). May I never doubt your word, Lord, nor forget your commandments. Have a transformation-full day!
Fr. Francis Onwunali