SUNDAY HOMILY: 5TH SUNDAY OF EASTER (YEAR A)
HOMILY Theme: God the Son
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Sunday
(Jn. 14:1-14) Fifth Sunday of Easter
In today’s Gospel Jesus was asked by His disciples to show them the Father. It was a very sensitive moment for the disciples. They were faced with the decision to follow or leave Jesus. Jesus just washed the feet of the disciples. Later, He will be facing His death. The disciples were feeling the tension of being with Jesus. They wanted assurance from Him.
Jesus took the opportunity to reveal Himself more to the disciples. He told them that having seen Him is tantamount to seeing the Father. He and the Father are one. He is the way, the truth, and the life. He will lead them to the Father. He He taught them the truth. And He will gain for them life eternal. Jesus hoped that they will persist in their faith. It will not be easy. To be identified with Jesus has become too dangerous. many wanted to kill Him. And Jesus knew that it will happen.It was the father’s will that He will die on the cross.
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The mystery of the Incarnation was difficult for the disciples then. While it was prophesied and promised that the Messiah will come, there were no details as to how it will happen. We cannot fully blame the disciples for their lack of faith. But that was over and done with. fast forward to our present day, we are more favoured. We know the whole story. Jesus, indeed, died on the cross. We believe He resurrected from the dead. That is the basis of our faith, of our Christianity.
The Father is in Jesus. The Father is not anymore hidden. We see, hear, and feel the Father in Jesus Christ. We now experience God. Specifically, we hear God in the words of Jesus in the Gospels. We see and feel God in the Holy Eucharist. In a special way, the priest who represents Jesus, make us experience God’s presence. And still in another way, when two or three people are gathered in Jesus’ name, He is in their midst. We can also add here creation and events in our lives.
The present pandemic is also an opportunity to recognize God’s presence. For every act of generosity, patience, trust, hope, love, healing, and other Christian values witnessed, God is certainly there. God is also there in suffering and death. Those suffering, hopefully, feel that they are not alone in what they are going through. Jesus, Emmanuel, is with us. And in death, God is there to bring us hope. We must be consoled by the truth that life goes on to the next life with God.
We only need to open our hearts and our minds, our whole person. God is at work. The words of Jesus are always available to guide us. Jesus also sent His Spirit that we would never feel abandoned. Let us find comfort and consolation in these truths in faith.
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