YEAR A: HOMILY FOR MONDAY OF THE 6TH WEEK OF EASTER
HOMILY THEME: CHRISTIAN WITNESSING TO CHRIST
BY: Rev. Fr. Jacob Aondover ATSU
HOMILY: READINGS: ACTS 16:11-15, PSALM 149, JOHN 15:26-16:4a
✓•Happy new working week friends
✓•God bless, keep and increase us
✓•May he heal, restore and sustain his creation in the wake of COVID-19
✓•On our part, may our lives witness to his death and resurrection.
Our response to God’s call, our strive to be good Christians; our persistent struggle to love God and keep his commandments and so on, are all the workings of the Holy Spirit. When we witness to Christ either by our words or deeds; when we insist on the truth and oppose evil or wrong; when we condemn corruption and embezzlement as practiced by our public officers or by whomever, it is the Counsellor, the Spirit of Truth working in us.
Beloved in Christ, the supposed Christian who is corrupt, sinful, a lover of falsehood, and supports evil, does not witness to Christ. We can afford to say and rightly so that such a person lacks the gift of the Spirit of God, and what kind of Christian is the man or woman without the Holy Spirit…?
Friends in the Lord, it is good we know that Christian witnessing comes with some elements: long fellowship and intimacy with Christ, inner conviction, and it issues in outward testimony. We can only be witnesses of Christ to those who have erroneous conceptions about Christ or to those who don’t know him at all when we ourselves know him – the Son of God. The call therefore is to seek Christ’s presence through prayer, the sacraments and charity like the lady Lydia did today (Acts 16:11-15). Also, this knowledge and intimacy with Christ breeds deep conviction which in turn pushes us to speak and act for Christ without fidgeting.
As we go about witnessing to Christ as Christian workers, as family men and women; as children, students, civil servants, politicians, farmers and so on; we are bound to be reviled, insulted, persecuted and even killed by those who antagonize truth and the light. We may do well to hold on and firmly too, for our reward will certainly come. Besides, we may also remember that Christ has never offered us the way of ease but the way of glory.
Do we know Christ enough to be his witnesses? Like Lydia, the devout woman of Thyatira, may we invite Christ to stay with us hence inform and strengthen us for his mission.
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