HOMILY FOR FRIDAY OF THE 3RD WEEK OF EASTER
HOMILY THEME: HAPPY NEW MONTH MY BELOVED FRIENDS.
BY: Rev. Fr. Jacob Aondover ATSU
HOMILY: READINGS: ACTS 9:1-20, PSALM 117, JOHN 6:52-59
Dearly beloved in Christ, Jesus is the mind of God become man. He is the bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh and John desires that we believe in his full humanity. In him therefore, we see God taking human life upon him, facing our human situation, struggling with our human problems, battling with our human temptations, working out our human relationships etc. This is Jesus saying to us: when you are discouraged and in despair, when you are beaten to your knees and disgusted with life and living; remember I took that life of yours and its accompanying struggles on me.
Believing in Christ and partaking of his body, the Eucharist, his flesh means: our humanity/flesh and life are clad with glory, they’re touched by divinity. To eat Christ’s flesh is to feed on the thought of his humanity until our humanity is strengthened and cleansed and irradiated by his (Christ’s). In Jewish thought, blood stood for life, ‘As the blood flows from a wound, life ebbs away’ so they said; and for them, blood belonged to God. To this day, no Jew eats meat which has not been drained completely of its blood. “Only, you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood” (Gen. 9:4); “Its blood however, you must not eat” (Deut. 15:23). Friends, against this Jewish background, can we now see what Christ is saying to us – ‘You MUST drink my blood’?
Christ is saying to us ‘We must take his life into the core of our being and his life is the life of God’. He is saying that we must take him into our hearts hence take God into our souls until we are completely subsumed by the life of God. Partaking at the table of Christ, the Most Holy Eucharist my beloved brothers invariably means becoming more and more of God and less and less of man. We may do well never to miss out feeding our souls with the food of eternity – the Eucharist.
Saul had not communed with Christ and as such was living as he pleased but Jesus’ touch however changed his life eternally. I see all of Christianity in Jesus’ statement to Saul; “Go into the city, and you will be told what to do” (Acts 9:6); Saul from hence would be told what to do, whose will to follow, and whose authority to submit to. Friends, he/she is a Christian who have ceased doing what he/she wants to do but rather, have begun to do what Christ wants him/her to do.
Anyone who accepts to follow Jesus’ way, professes believe in his body and blood, is welcomed by Christ. The worst sinner becomes a friend and advocate of Christ at the moment of his/her conversion. Whether or not we’ll be forgiven our serious sins by Christ is not our concern; whether or not we are ready to be truly converted should be our worry.
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