Tuesday of 5th Week of Lent A

Who God Is Revealed on The Cross

Joke: The young pastor was teaching the 23rd psalm to the Sunday school children. He told them that they were sheep who needed guidance. Then the priest asked, "If you are the sheep then who is the shepherd -- obviously indicating himself. A silence of a few seconds followed. Then a young boy said, "Jesus. Jesus is the shepherd." The young priest, obviously caught by surprise, said to the boy, "Well then, who am I?" The boy frowned thoughtfully and then said, "I guess you must be a sheep dog."

Who is Jesus Christ? Jesus responded to the Jews, reported in today’s Gospel, saying “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I AM.” So, looking up the Cross, we can learn many things: We can see our sins; we can experience God’s love for us; we understand the value of suffering; we learn the meaning of salvation; and we find the solution for any evil deed.

When people turned their back on the Lord after they were saved from the Egyptians and nurtured with mana in the desert, the Lord punished them by letting the saraph serpents bit them to death. Moses interceded for them that the Lord instructed him to mount a bronze serpent on a pole that whenever anyone who had been bitten by a serpent looked at it will be saved. In today’s Gospel, Jesus reminds the Jews that only when the Son of Man, talking about himself, is lifted up, then they will realize who he is. In other words, when we look up the Cross, we might realize why he died on the Cross. Also, when we look up the Cross, we will realize how to reconcile with God the Father and to reconcile with one another. Have you and I need to reconcile with God and with one another? How would we do that if it’s through Christ who was nailed in the middle of the Cross to show us the way? Have you and I had enough courage and strength to follow his way, the way of passion and death on the Cross? Decision is yours.

 

Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen


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