Wednesday of Holy Week A

God Created Us Without Us But He Did Not Will to Save Us Without Us

Growing up in my family back in Vietnam, either at lunch or dinner, we all had to gather to eat together with my parents. During the meal, we used chopsticks to pick up the food to eat with rice. We also used our spoon for the soup. We just dipped into the food and not worry about spreading the germ to one another. Perhaps, this was my family’s custom. As family, we took care each other in good time and in bad time. Therefore, there was no worry about spreading germ to one another during meal.

When we come to America, our meals become different. Everybody was busy with works and everything else. Children were busy with school. We often found ourselves difficult to have a meal together, except dinner after everyone came back from work or from school.

In today’s Gospel, at dinner, Jesus said to his disciples that “he who has dipped his hand into the dish with me is the one who will betray me.” He saw Judas as one of his own family members, and yet, he still betrayed Jesus. It didn’t matter that Judas betrayed him or not, Jesus still had to die for the sake of our salvation. His love for Judas and his sadness because of his decision to betray him that he said, “The Son of Man indeed goes, as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed. It would be better for that man if he had never been born.” “God created us without us,” Saint Augustine once said, “but he did not will to save us without us” (CCC 1847). To receive his mercy, we need to admit our faults. Judas failed to acknowledge his wrongdoing and believed in Jesus’ mercy and forgiveness that he ended his life.

You and I are invited to humble ourselves, to acknowledge the need for God, and to acknowledge our wrongdoing and ask God for forgiveness. Have you and I had enough courage and strength to acknowledge our sins and to try to repent of our wrongdoing? The Lord always loves us, but he cannot save us if we don’t need him. Decision is yours.


Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen

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