YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
HOMILY THEME: ADMITTING THE SWEETEST FRIENDSHIP
BY: Rev Fr Joseph Nyarko Asare
(Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48/Ps 99/1Jn 4:7-10/ JN 15:9-17)
“A friend is someone you love and who loves you, someone you respect and who respects you, someone whom you trust and who trusts you. A friend is honest and makes you want to be honest, too. A friend is loyal. A friend is someone who is happy to spend time with you doing absolutely nothing at all; someone who doesn’t mind driving you on stupid errands, who will get up at midnight just because you want to go on an adventure, and who doesn’t have to talk to communicate with you. A friend is someone who not only doesn’t care if you’re ugly or boring, but doesn’t even think about it; someone who forgives you no matter what you do, and someone who tries to help you even when they don’t know how. A friend is someone who tells you if you’re being stupid, but who doesn’t make you feel stupid.
A friend is someone who would sacrifice their life and happiness for you. A friend is someone who will come with you when you have to do boring…”
The above is how the Urban Dictionary defines a friend. In the Gospel, Jesus tells us we are his friends. Could you re-read the description of friend as presented above? His friendship is limitless and boundless. When some circumcised brothers thought the Holy Spirit was for Jews only, Jesus surprised them in the house of Cornelius.
Jesus desires friendship with us all. If we really know him as loving, kind, powerful, most influential, caring, and most reliable personality, then we should have gone out in search of his friendship. Now, he comes down to our level, to mingle with us and seek our friendship but we keep rejecting his offer. There is a huge life ahead, indescribable, amazing, dumbfounding, name them, if only we will admit a friendship with Jesus. Let us open up to him, invite him daily and study his Word¬ ¬__believing every statement from the Word. The end of the story will be amazing.
~That we can trust Jesus enough to open up to him
~For the grace to share God’s invitation of friendship to all
~That we will be filled with the Holy Spirit more intensely whenever we hear His Word
inconsequently (Rev Fr Joseph Nyarko Asare of the Catholic Diocese of Obuasi)