Thursday of 2nd Week of Easter A

Human Being vs Human Doing

From the beginning of this week until now, the Lord Jesus kept reminding us to be born again and to have faith in the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ. John finished the lesson of Baptism by reminding us the words of Jesus demanding us for a decision saying, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God remains upon him.” Why and how do we believe in the Son and obey him when we cannot even see him nor experience him with our five senses except breathing and living His Word?

Since human being was created in the image and likeness of God, “he is capable of self-knowledge, of self-possession and of freely giving himself and entering into communion with other persons. And he is called by grace to a covenant with his Creator, to offer him a response of faith and love that no other creature can give in his stead” (CCC 357). In the teaching of the Catholic Church, human being was created above all other creatures contained in this universe, and he alone can offer to his Creator a response of faith and love. Out of all creatures that God created, man alone is able to know and to love his Creator. Therefore, human being is the only creature that God created who is able to know and to love God. To know and to love God then define human being. The questions then: How do we know God? And how do we love Him?

Since God is incorporeal, according Saint Thomas Aquinas, we cannot know God “by the sense of sight or by any other sense or faculty of the sensitive power. For every such kind of power is the act of a corporeal organ [cannot] go beyond corporeal things. Hence He cannot be seen by the sense or the imagination, but only by the intellect” (q. 12, a. 3). We know God by the power of our intellect not by our senses.

Once again, since God is incorporeal and we are corporeal creature, we might have no problem to love one another, but we might have problem to love God. However, since we are created in the image and likeness of God, we are capable of loving God when we love one another.

This is defined our human being who is a creature of capability to know and to love God, and human being is not a creature of doing but not knowing and loving. Do you know and love God? How do you demonstrate your knowledge of God and the love for God?

Joke: Mom said to her boy, “Tony, don’t you know that God saw you ate that cookie?” “Yes,” Tony replied. “And do you know what God said to you when you ate that cookie?” she continued. “Yes mama,” Tony replied, “He said to me, there are only two of us here, so take two.”


Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen

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