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Homilies/Reflections

One in mind
By FR JULIUS OLAITAN

April 10, 2018 (Tuesday of the 2nd Week of Easter)

 

One in heart and Soul

 

Dear friends in Christ, we read from the Book of Genesis, a passage which says, ‘the man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and they shall become one…’ It is a passage that describes what God intends marriage to be—a union of two, that makes them one—one in love for each other, one in the sharing of life’s experiences, one in the act of procreation and upbringing of children. We know however, that many times those who have professed this love in marriage, are not as united as expected. What is the real unifying factor in a peaceful home and society?

 

Our Gospel passage today from John 3:7-15 provides an answer—“You must be born anew.” This was in answer to Nicodemus who had asked Jesus on what he needed to do, to be saved. When Nicodemus probed further on what this means, Jesus told him, “Are you a teacher in Israel and yet do not understand this?…No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended from heaven, the son of Man. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.” To be born anew demands faith in Jesus—the rebirth through the waters of Baptism is a sacrament which marks a break from the life of the earthly man, which we inherited from Adam. Anointed in Christ, one becomes a new creation in God, set apart on the way to salvation. Those received into this new life in Christ, are called out of the darkness of sin, into the wonderful light of God’s glory. They are expected then, to live in the world, without becoming engrossed in it. In this world and society where striving for personal survival is the norm— even when it comes at the expense of others, a Christian is called to be outstanding in living for others.

 

Our first reading today (Acts 4:32-37) tells us of how the early Church went about it. “The company of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things which he possessed was his own, but they had everything in common.” The man who opened the door to this communal way of using their material wealth was Joseph Barnabas(which means, son of encouragement), a Levite from Cyprus, who sold his field, brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet. The whole essence of that, was to make sure that the poor ones in the community were provided for, from the common purse. It is unfortunate that in our own time, the powerful ones rob the poor, of even the little they have to live on. Christianity demands a change of attitude in the way we look at the common wealth. We must be seen to be contributing into it, than we are taking out. In that way, no one will live in abject poverty. Five thousand people fed on five loaves and they had much left over, why is it the billions we hear of everyday cannot go round? What is your contribution to the common wealth?

 

Let us pray: We look to you Lord, help us to be generous in our dealings with others. Amen. May the Almighty God bless you, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen


 
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