HOMILY FOR FRIDAY OF THE 6TH WEEK OF EASTER (2)







HOMILY FOR FRIDAY OF THE 6TH WEEK OF EASTER

THEME: Your hearts will be full of joy that no-one will take from you.

BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA

HOMILY FOR FRIDAY MAY 27 2022

 

*READINGS OF THE DAY*
Acts 18:9-18
Psalm 46:2-7
John 16:20-23

*INTRODUCTION*
We have all known sorrow in the course of our lives. Very often our sorrow will be associated with some loss, the loss of a loved one who moves on from us in one way or another, the loss of some hope or expectation we had, the loss of our health or of some work that was important to us.

*FROM THE GOSPEL READING*
Dear brethrens, in this morning’s gospel reading, which is set in the context of the last supper, Jesus acknowledges the sorrow that is in the heart of his disciples, a sorrow that comes from their sense of loss, their awareness that Jesus is moving on from them. Jesus says to his disciples, ‘you are sad now’. Yet, he seeks to encourage them by assuring them that their sorrow will turn into joy because he will see them again.

*CONCLUSION*
In our liturgical readings of today, the Lord assures us that his presence to us will help us to get through whatever negative experiences come our way. It is good for us to hear that simple but profound message in these difficult days. We are not on our own. The Lord is with us and he will give us the strength to get through these demanding days. Indeed, according to the gospel reading, in the midst of so much that can understandably make us sad and sorrowful, the Lord can give us a share in his own risen joy because of his sustaining presence to us.

*LET US PRAY*
Grant me the grace to persevere amid the darkness of faith with my eyes set firmly on your promises. Strengthen me in my struggle to renounce the allure of easy substitutes and teach me to find my joy only in you and the hope of what you promise. Through the same Christ our Lord.!

Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA

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