Homily April 21, 2013 Fourth Sunday of Easter C

Posted in christian, Christianity, ethics, inspirational, religion, scripture by Fr Joe R on April 16, 2013

In today’s gospel, Jesus clearly says that he gives us eternal life, that those who follow him shall never perish. This is a promise resulting from His own resurrection and obedience to His Father’s will. Through it all Jesus and the Father are one. Redemption has come through His becoming a man and living out a life in accord with His Father’s will, suffering all the humiliation of pain and death and rising to life. In doing this he has redeemed all people for all time.

What I would like to point out today is that Christ’s resurrection reveals Him as our redeemer. He came that we might have eternal life. I think many times we lose sight of this and see Christ as some kind of caregiver or intercessor to remove the trials and travails of our life. Some kind of rescuer maybe. At moments of pain, suffering or difficulty we often turn to him in prayer to relieve us of that particular trouble. Sometimes, even often times our prayers are answered. However, pain, suffering, humiliation, death are all inevitable in every life in some form or another. A case in point, if we look at the gospels, we see that Jesus did not hasten to Lazarus when he was told of his being sick. In fact, he continued doing what he was doing and of course Lazarus had died by the time He arrived. He even wept at the loss of His friend before he brought him back to life. His act was an act of redemption rather than an act of healing. It was not to answer or explain Jesus healing or not but that God redeems and doesn’t necessarily exempt believers from pain and suffering. The “why” so often asked is probably the most difficult thing we sometimes encounter. We can accept pain and suffering most of the time, but sometime in our lives we might be confronted with some incomprehensible thing and we ask why does God allow this. Look at what has happened this week. In Boston, we see people deliberately killed, maimed, and terror spread through a whole city. In Texas, we see a horrific fire and explosion which made the area look like a war zone. Is God to blame for this or can we really ask why he allows it? No these are a result of the sinful nature of a misused free will that God gave to all of us. Actions and decisions have consequences that are unavoidable. We forget that much that occurs in this life flows from the fact that God doesn’t interfere or what today we would say micromanage. His call to redemption is to us as a free people and our response is truly our own to make. How we deal with adversity helps shape the faith and redemption we receive. Our prayers should always be predicated on accepting His will much the same as Christ’s prayers were in the gospels especially before his passion. This is central, even in the Lord’s prayer. “Thy will be done.”


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