Thursday of 3rd Week of Easter A

Have Faith and Trust in God

After he finished the drawing of St. Peter’s Basilica as a chief architect, Donato Bramante was invited to come to see the Pope, Pope Julius II. He brought in with him his little boy. The Pope was very pleased with his work and took him and his son to a cabinet. Open its draw, there were a lot of gold coins. The Pope said to the little boy to use his two bare hands to take as much as he could. The little boy stood still, then the Pope finally used his own hands to scoop out two hands full of gold coins and asked the little boy to open his shirt for the coins. Later, his dad asked him why was it when the Pope asked him to take the gold coins with his bare hands, he didn’t do it? The boy replied, “I didn’t use my hands because my hands were small and not like the Pope’s hands.”

In today’s Gospel, Saint John once again reminds us how important it is to come to the Eucharist when Jesus said, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my Flesh for the life of the world.” Eucharist, no doubt, is the center of our Christian life.

Have you and I ever experienced the hunger and thirst for the Holy Eucharist? We might experience hunger and thirst for work when we got laid off. We might experience hunger and thirst for fidelity when we experience our loved one cheated on us. We might experience hunger and thirst for love when we experience our family scattered and disunited. We might experience hunger and thirst for healing when we experience our loved one suffered from illness and sickness. There are also many other experiences of hunger and thirst in this walk of life, but have you and I ever experienced hunger and thirst for the Eucharist? If we do, what should we do to satisfy our hunger and thirst for the Eucharist? If we received the Eucharist often but couldn’t find peace, happiness and satisfied in this walk of life, what is it that we missed? Have you and I totally placed our faith and trust in God?

 

Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen


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