HOMILY: Fifth Sunday of Easter
John 14: 1-12
Following Jesus, The Way
Last Sunday, we celebrated Good Shepherd Sunday and we established that we are like sheep in constant need of guidance and protection from our Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We are often distracted by so many things and we end up moving in the wrong direction or worse, getting lost and finding ourselves in big trouble. This Sunday, we are reminded that if we want to stay on track, we have to keep our eyes only on Jesus. In the gospel passage from John, Jesus presents Himself to Thomas as “The Way”. In saying this, Jesus makes it clear that “The Way” to the Father is life with Him, a life in communion with Him.
Our gospel ends with a vote of confidence from Jesus. He says: “Amen, Amen, I say to you, 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.” (John 14:12) We, who remain, and have inherited the faith, have the responsibility to continue the work of Jesus. It is for us to endeavour to share Him with others that they may also find the way. St. John Mary Vianney once said to a shepherd who had shown him the way to Ars… “You have shown me the way to Ars. I will show you the way to heaven.” One good turn deserves another. May we all find ourselves in Jesus and continue to lead others to Him.
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