My Sunday Homily

Publié le 1 Mai 2022

Today's readings invite us to re-establish our relationship with God, through our obedience, obedience to God's will. When Peter denied the Lord three times, he did not seek God's will, nor today when he decided to start over, like the disciples of Emmaus, who left Jerusalem for a safer place.  They will understand the divine will later, once strengthened by the Holy Spirit. As we heard in the first reading, "We must obey God rather than men", the disciples of the Lord say.

Moments of desolation and emptiness are a part of life, and we must learn to deal with them in such a way that this emptiness becomes a source of God's grace.  Through listening and obedience Peter casts the net in the direction oriented by the Lord and thanks to the disciple who loved the Lord, they discover the presence of God, in this exceptional encounter. Obedience transforms emptiness into abundance.  Love helps us to go beyond visible dependence.

Every encounter is providence, for we already see the fire lit and the fish ready. God has already prepared this encounter, to go beyond breaking of the bread, which will lead Peter to martyrdom. For that, Peter is invited to participate in the meal, adding with his share all that he has received through divine providence. God asks us to give that which we have already received from the Lord. If a request is made, God knew that we can do it well. God does not ask anything beyond our capacity.

I also invite you to discover in this dialogue, another part that is essential for the Lord, especially for Peter, after having denied him three times.  Does the Lord still love me? And the Lord will answer him with certainty, inviting him to participate in his passion, by putting himself at the service of his sheep.  In this immense love that you have for me, you will participate in my passion, the most beautiful gift that God can offer to his beloved.

 

Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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