Homily for April 6, 2018: Jesus is Our Corner Stone: Without Jesus, We achieve Nothing


“Be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by him this man is standing before you well. This is the stone which was rejected by you builders, but which has become the head of the corner.” Acts 4:10-11.

Too often, we take Jesus for granted trusting in our strength, our wisdom or our financial resources. We forget to pray not because we really do not have the time but because we do not see the need to pray. We never forget to eat but we can afford to go for days without talking to God.

Hence, this is what becomes of us: we look for fish all night long and end up catching nothing. We work and work and do not see the fruits of our endless work. We battle for days and nights and we end up with nothing. We are like the disciples of Jesus who put aside the mandate of Jesus to “Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel” and decided to return to their fishing trade.

How good is your spiritual life? When last did you really connect with God? When last did you meditate on a portion of the Bible? Dear friends, without Jesus in our lives, all our efforts are wasted. Jesus is our corner stone, as he himself said, he is the vine, we are the branches, cut off from him, we can do nothing. John 15:1-8.

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After Peter had cured the lame man at the Beautiful gate, he incurred the anger of the Sadducees and the chief priests. He was asked: “By what power or by what name did you do this?” Filled with the Holy Spirit, Peter gave a response to them making it clear that it was the Power of the Resurrected Jesus that was at work; the same Jesus rejected by the Sadducees and chief priests is now the Corner Stone.

Jesus is the Corner stone of our lives. We cannot survive without Jesus. We cannot afford to make Jesus second class in our lives. If Jesus does not go with us, all we do is in vain.

Let us Pray: Lord Jesus, draw me nearer to you everyday. Amen.

*Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Friday of Easter Octave. Bible Study: Acts 4:1-12 and John 21:1-14).*

Fr. Abu.

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