YEAR A: HOMILY FOR MONDAY OF THE 5TH WEEK OF EASTER
HOMILY THEME: THE MANIFESTATION OF POWER.
BY: Fr. Evaristus Abu
HOMILY: Read Acts 14:5-18,
Psalm 114 and John 14:21-26
“He who has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me; and he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and MANIFEST myself to him.” (John 14:21.)
What does Jesus mean by manifesting himself to the one who keeps his commandments? Indeed this verse is only a reiteration of what Jesus said earlier in that same chapter:
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son; if you ask anything in my name, I will do it.” John 14:12-14.
By manifestation, Jesus is saying: if you love me, you will keep my commandments and by so doing, you will work great miracles because I will be with you and I will glorify myself in you. In fact, anything you ask, you will get it.
Anyone who genuinely loves God by keeping the commandments will experience this manifestation. O yes, great things will happen God is present. Paul and Barnabas are great examples of men who witnessed the MANIFESTATION of God’s power physically in the course of their missionary enterprise. As we read in today’s first reading, they prayed and God healed a man born cripple.
This was purely the work of God; a manifestation of God’s presence in the midst of men; a confirmation of everything that Jesus said in John chapter 14:21 “He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and MANIFEST myself to him.”
Do I really love God enough to provoke his presence in my life? Indeed, if I really want to know how much love I have for God, I just need to examine my conscience and see how well I have been keeping his commandments. Let us pray: Lord Jesus, grant me a sincere love for you. Amen
*Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Monday of the 5th Week of Easter. Bible Study: Acts 14:5-18, Psalm 114 and John 14:21-26).