Homily for the 7th Sunday of Easter, year c
Rev. 22:12-14, 16-17, 20
John 17: 20-26
Unity for the sake of Christ
Dearly Beloved, on thursday we celebrated the Ascension of the Lord, where we reflected on Jesus’ journey back to the Father after finishing his earthly ministry. Hence, the readings for today seek to answer the question of how we live our Christian lives when Christ is not physically present with us.
Beloved, the answer is found in the gospel passage of today (John 17:20-26) and more specifically in John 17: 21: where Jesus prayed that his followers may be one, just as the Father is in him and He is in him, that the world may believe that He was sent by the Father.
Beloved, being one and remaining one is one of the obstacles we must confront as Christians but unfortunately we are either not doing much or we appear unconcerned. Since charity we are told begins at home, let us reflect on what we do within this church as a family; there are times when some have seen themselves as better than others, some societies and associations more powerful than the others, where members who do not belong to any society or Association are despised and rejected.
Beloved, some of us even go to the extreme of preferring programs organized by their societies to those organized by the Church. This situation has led to unhealthy competition and rivalries in the Church.
Beloved, a divided Christianity or Church is a stumbling block to the continuation of the work of Christ and the earlier we acknowledge this the better it will be for the mission of the church in the world. The call to be one is therefore to be seen as an invitation for us to learn from the soldier ants whose strength is derived from the unity they maintain among themselves.
Therefore, to achieve this unity for the sake of Christ we must begin by doing away with stereotypes and prejudices in our relationship with others. And also be open to the prompting of the Holy Spirit.
Today, let us resolve to model our union on the union of the Father and the Son; where people will love and serve each other because they love and serve Christ.
Finally, let us ask God to bless all mothers as the world celebrates Mothers’ Day today, remembering also that the best gift a child can give a mother is peace of mind and joy whenever the mother thinks of him or her. Therefore, I encourage you to honour your mother today by doing things that will bring her joy and not sadness.
This has been a Fr. Dolphyne’s presentation for www.padredolphyne.wordpress.com as we celebrate the 7th Sunday of Easter, year c.
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