Wednesday of 2nd Week of Easter A

The Work of Faith vs The Work of Darkness

Two famous verses of Saint John’s writing reported in today’s Gospel, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.” These two verses inspired Frank Denton who worked for NASA as an aerospace engineer. His job was to design the space suits for the command module pilot and the lunar module pilot. These suits supposed to protect the astronauts when they were in the space. The astronauts needed a type of umbilical cord made of long, flexible tubing to supply oxygen to them as they walked in space or went from one module to the other. Denton named the receptacle for the command module pilot’s suit J316 and another receptacle J317 for the lunar module pilot’s suit. Why did he choose these names as J316 and J317 for these receptacles? These J316 and J317 are the two verses in chapter three of today’s Gospel, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.” Denton named these receptacles J316 and J317 to dedicate to these two verses of John’s Gospel, especially to ask blessing and protection from the Son of God to give life and not to perish and to save and not to condemn.

Technology, one might use it to serve the goods, and other might use it to serve evil. When we serve the goods, our work is the work of faith; and when we serve evil, our work is the work of evil. This is the difference between the work of faith and the work of evil. When we use technology to serve the common goods for others, it is the work of faith; but when we use technology to harm others, it is the work of evil. Which work do you choose? Just as the Son of God came to save and not to destroy, have the works that you and I done in this walk of life to save or to destroy?

During this pandemic of coronavirus, there are many work of faith has been demonstrated. A California man, for instant, who was diagnosed with the coronavirus, recovered from the coronavirus and donated his plasma to save lives of others infected by coronavirus. News reported this morning, a man was in coma because of the coronavirus received blood from this donation and was saved from this coronavirus. This active act of donating blood to save others, the Son of God willingly took human flesh to give up his blood on the cross to save us. A man, another example, donated all of his $1200 stimulus check received from the government to food bank to help. There are also many other work of faith happening during this pandemic. How do you and I demonstrate the work of faith in our spiritual life? Decision is yours.

 

Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen


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