Homily for May 5, 2017
Just as it wasn’t out of mere coincidence that the Ethiopian Eunuch got to meet Philip, in yesterday’s reading, we can see that it wasn’t ordinary coincidence that Saul got to meet Ananias whom God used to bring about the restoration of his sight.
Whether we like it or not, God is totally in control of everything that happens on earth. Saul had set out with letters authorising him to persecute Christians but Jesus accosted him on the way and asked him a very significant question:
“Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” This question reveals one sublime truth: that we Christians who receive Holy Communion are the body and blood of Jesus. This is exactly what Jesus meant to explain in today’s Gospel passage:
“He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him… He who eats me will live because of me… he who eats this bread will live forever.”
There is a fine saying that you are what you eat. Whatever you eat becomes part of your body. So when we eat Jesus’ flesh in Holy Communion, we become Jesus while on earth and eternal life awaits us in heaven.
Dear friends, let us be rest assured that just as Jesus protected the early Christians under Saul’s threat, Jesus is more than capable of protecting us. We don’t need to visit native doctors or use charms for protection when we have Jesus himself in Holy Communion.
Again, knowing that we are part of Jesus through our reception of Holy Communion should make us strive each day to represent Jesus by holy and sinless lives. The world today has lost its respect and reverence for Christians because they no longer see Christ in us; we no longer behave like the Jesus we eat.
Above all, while people looked at Saul and saw in him a murderer and a terrorist, God saw in him a chosen instrument of Gospel. In the eyes of God, no one is absolutely useless.
Let us pray: Lord Jesus, use me as your chosen instrument. Amen
*Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Thursday of the 3rd Week of Easter. Bible Study: Acts 9:1-20 and John 6:52-59).*