HOMILY FOR THE SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER, YEAR B
1 John 4:11-19
THEME: THAT THEY MAY BE ONE
Beloved in Christ, today, Mother Church in anticipation of Pentecost is inviting us to a life of unity as a prerequisite for the coming of the Holy Spirit. For in the words of Pope Benedict (Emeritus), the divisions which exists among Christians is a scandal to the world.”
This was also affirm by Pope Francis as he says Christ’s name creates communion and unity, not division. He came to create communion among us and not to divide us.
Beloved, we therefore have an obligation to preserve unity among ourselves as Christians. This also explains why the early Church had the obligation to replace Judas Iscariot. A reminder that though positions are important, persons who occupy them are not indispensable.
But sadly, this is one lesson that human beings are failing to learn and understand. It is not the individual who makes the position but rather it is the position that makes the individual. Hence, the obligation to use your position for service and not lord it over the people you serve. Leadership therefore demands humility and service.
My dear friends, as we wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit, let us do away with the things that divide us and hold on to the things that bind us together.