Saturday, May 21, 2011

5th Sunday of Easter • John 14:1-12

On the fifth Sunday of Easter, the Church continues to invite us to reflect on our relationship with our God.

Sunday’s Gospel Reading (John 14:1-12) gives an assurance to all who put their faith, hope, and trust in God. The reading begins with Jesus’ admonition to His disciples: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in Me.” He comforts His followers who are faced with problems. He tells them to hold on to their faith in God and in Him because it is this faith that will lead them to their true home – heaven.

Jesus’ message to His disciples is His message to us – followers of Him today. Like the disciples, we, too, experience difficulties in our lives. But these occasions cannot be used as an excuse for us to succumb to hopelessness and helplessness. Rather, Jesus tells us, we must continue to hold on to God for He alone can lift us from our miseries and disappointments. He alone is our hope.

Jesus said: “Whoever believes in Me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father.” As Christians, we must follow the example set by Jesus. We must work for the coming of God’s kingdom. We must exert efforts to bring the message of salvation to many people.

As we celebrate the Easter mysteries, let us not waver in our faith in God and in the Risen Jesus. In the Eucharist, we receive Him in our hearts through the Word and in the Bread. May we be nourished with these life-giving manifestations of the living presence of Christ in our world today so that we can continue His mission in our age and time.

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