YEAR A: HOMILY FOR TUESDAY OF HOLY WEEK
HOMILY THEME: There is Always a Last Chance to Repent.
BY: Fr. Evaristus Abu
HOMILY: Read Isaiah 49:1-6, Psalm 71 and John 13:21-38.
“So, after receiving the morsel, he immediately went out; and it was night. When he had gone out, Jesus said, ‘Now is the Son of man glorified, and in him God is glorified.’” (John 13:30-31)
One thing that is so clear from today’s Gospel passage is that God sees our hearts. Jesus said, “One of you will betray me.” Judas ought to have asked himself: “How did he know?” He did not realize this was his last chance. He joined in the chorus of denials. “Is it I, Master?”
John tells that as soon as Judas ate the morsel of bread, Satan entered him, meaning that his mind was made up. He had chosen money over God. The moment Judas walked out, Jesus knew exactly what would happen next.
Instead of crying over the lashes, blows and insults, he decided to focus on the brighter side: “Now, the Son of Man is glorified and in him, God is glorified.” Jesus remained positive, he considered the glory that was awaiting him.
Jesus told his disciples that he was going somewhere but they could not come immediately. Peter began to boast: “I will lay down my life for you.” It was only after the cock crowed that Peter remembered what Jesus predicted.
Judas and Peter had the same problem; they were more concerned about what others were thinking. Judas would not own up to his planned betrayal and Peter made a promise so that others will think good of him. Am I more concerned with pleasing God than pleasing people? God sees our hearts.
Perhaps, I am planning to do something which I know very well is bad? There is always a last chance to repent, to reconsider and retrace your steps. Judas had his last chance but given his love for money, he couldn’t resist. They say, great battles are won by very small victories.
Today may just be your last chance. Repent Now.
Let us pray: Lord Jesus, teach me to re-write my destiny by making the right choices. Amen.
Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Tuesday of the Holy Week. Bible Study: Isaiah 49:1-6, Psalm 71 and John 13:21-38).