HOMILY FOR THE 3RD SUNDAY OF EASTER, YEAR B
Acts 3:13-15, 17-19ab
1 John 2:1-5a
Luke 24: 35-48
THEME: BE A WITNESSING CHRISTIAN NOT A PARROTING CHRISTIAN
Beloved in Christ, Mother Church today is reminding us of who we have been called to become -we are witnesses of the resurrection. But our challenge is how we are to witness – must we go about mentioning Christ in our every conversation so as to be good Christian witnesses? No.
My dear friend, christian witnessing is not limited only to our words but our acts as well. The way we live will either back up or not back up our Christian words. We are under obligation to tell the whole world what God has done for us – granting us reconciliation through the sacrifice of His son Jesus on the cross. This is to accomplish in us a change of attitude.
Our failure to witness is addressed by Jesus in Luke 9:26 – whoever denies me and my words, I will also deny in the presence of my Father. Unfortunately, most Christians today do not witness because they claim they cannot quote from the scriptures everytime they talk about Jesus. What our world lacks is not speakers for Jesus but men and women who live for Jesus Christ.
For Pope Paul IV, modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers and if he listens to teachers then it is because they are witnesses. Today, there is too much talking about Jesus but we lack the corresponding change of life. We don’t need to talk to be a good Christian, but should the opportunity present itself, use it. However, it is the very things you do that will make you a good christian or not. Therefore, when Peter said “now you must repent and turn to God.” (Acts 3:17), he was demanding a change of attitude, of lifestyle and of behaviour.
In fact, a change that will make forgiveness a reality, repent, turn to God and die to self so we can live in Jesus. The time has come to go beyond just talking about Jesus to living for Jesus.