YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE FIFTH WEEK OF EASTER YEAR B
HOMILY THEME: FULLNESS OF CHRIST
BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon
(Jn. 14:6-14) Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter
In the day’s Gospel, Feast of Sts. Phillip and James, Jesus is asked by His apostles to just show the Father and it will be enough for them to believe. It was an opportunity for Jesus to reveal Himself and the Father. He told them that it would be enough for them to listen to Him and look at what He was doing. At a certain point, He even said that He and the Father are one. You can imagine how hard it was for the apostles of Jesus and the people of His time to accept what He was saying. Yet, Jesus had to make that revelation and hoped that they are open enough to see that truth. Further, the miracles and witnessing He had done, should testify to His Words.
The Trinity is unique to the Catholic Faith. We believe in One God in Three Persons. It is a mystery in the sense that it cannot be grasped by our limited capacity to understand. It is a case of the truth is larger than mind. Yet, we try to understand it as much as we can. But we benefit from it for they are always at work whether we understand it or not. Our faith experience reveals and also testify to it. We know God as Father and Creator, Jesus, the Son as our Lord and Savior, and the Spirit who inspires and guides us in this world after Jesus left. The community of the Trinity conspires to grace us with the fullness of life.
The Church can only tell us so much about the Trinity in the same way that Jesus could only say so much to the apostles. We need to assume a position of humility to absorb the truth God reveals to us. Also, we have to be more sensitive of what are happening in and around us. Let us look, listen, and even smell to capture everything that is happening in every moment. Like St. Francis, may we see God in all His Creation.