Homily for the Sixth Sunday of Easter

posted May 16, 2020, 11:58 AM by Michelle Massung

Gospel     JN 14:15-21

Jesus said to his disciples:
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
And I will ask the Father,
and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always,
the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept,
because it neither sees nor knows him.
But you know him, because he remains with you,
and will be in you.
I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
In a little while the world will no longer see me,
but you will see me, because I live and you will live.
On that day you will realize that I am in my Father
and you are in me and I in you.
Whoever has my commandments and observes them
is the one who loves me.
And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father,
and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”

The Gospel of the Lord

 

 

Homily for the Sixth Sunday of Easter

 

Last week I talked about faith over fear. Faith is one of the three theological virtues along with hope and love. Faith is complete trust or confidence in someone or something. Faith is a strong belief in God and to the doctrine of our Catholic religion., especially without apprehensions of existence

 

Hope is a feeling of expectation and/or a desire for a certain thing to happen. For example, I hope this pandemic ends soon. Or I hope we can all gather for mass again soon. Or I hope we can get back to a more open society. Hope is also an optimist. The opposite of hope is despair. Despair is to lose the desire for something to end or to lose the expectation of something to come.  Judas is the greatest example of the sin of despair. He had no hope that Christ would be able to forgive him for betraying him. Judas thought that his sin was greater than Christ’s mercy. This is never the case!!  Nothing is greater than God.

 

So why should we have hope rather than despair doing during this pandemic? All hope comes from the life and message of Christ. Even though Christ felt abandoned by God when He hung upon the cross,  he did the fathers will  and so should we. Saints Peter and Paul is a physical church. As a people of faith, form the mystical body of Christ.  We may not be able to join together for mass yet you and hundreds of others are watching this mass video. In fact I have had several comments about how enjoyable it is to watch mass in the comfort of your home, sitting on the couch drinking coffee. Now you can watch mass and come to the church and pray, receive a Eucharistic blessing, pick up a bulletin and drop off your offertory envelopes. We need to look at these small steps rather than worry about the weeks and months ahead.  I have been praying the serenity prayer a lot lately:  God grant me the serenity to except the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

 

Compare this pandemic to the apostles trying to cross in the sea in the boat. They see Jesus walking on the water in the midst of the storm. Peter wanted to join Jesus so he started walking on the water. He was successful as long as he focused on Jesus. Once he lost his focus and let the waves and the storm take his eyes from Jesus, he sank.

 

So how do we keep our focus on Jesus throughout this storm and not focus on the waves? We do so by coming to the church and to pray. We can read the Bible, we can pray the rosary, go to confession, etc. We will overcome this pandemic if we focus on Christ and not on the waves.

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