5TH SUNDAY OF EASTER YR A 10th May 2020

(Acts 6:1-7; Ps 32(33); 1 Peter 2:4-9; John 14:1-12)

Theme: Living Stones of the Living Rock

            My brothers and sisters, Jesus has transformed the House of His Father into a Spiritual dwelling place of happiness and peace.  Thus, by His grace, we have become members of a Spirit-filled Edifice and living stones in affiliation with the Living Stone and life-giving Spirit (1 Corinthians 15:45)

            For that reason, Jesus says to his Apostles in today’s gospel and to us, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.  Trust in God still, and trust in me.”  Thus, Psalm 91 says do not fear the arrows that fly by day, the plague that stalks in the darkness, nor the calamity that destroys at noon.”  In other words, our trust in God to deliver and lead us must be constant because Jesus, by His death, resurrection and ascension, has gone ahead to secure our positions as living stone-parents, preachers, teachers, doctors, nurses, etc in His spiritual edifice, and has prepared the path to eternity of His unwavering living stones and their places in paradise.     

            Therefore, we must stay focused and remain with Jesus the one and only Living Stone.  Psalm 18:31 says who is God besides the LORD? And who is the rock except our God?  Besides, Jesus notes in today’s gospel that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  In other words, Jesus our Prodromous (i.e. one who had gone ahead to prepare our path), is the tangible presence of God whose incarnate presence revealed and reveals the Father; hence we can approach the Father only through His incarnate way, life, and truth (Cf Gail O’Day).

            Thus, Jesus’ Way is the path that leads to the Father; Jesus’ Truth is not a piece of the Truth, rather He is the fullness of the truth made flesh; and Jesus’ Life is not a natural life, rather His life is supernatural, that is, the Life of the Trinity.  Eating good food, exercising to stay healthy, drinking good drink, studying to become an intellectual, and labouring for comfort, are only good for sustenance of natural life.  But as living stones and temples of the Holy Spirit, we are called to walk on the path of Jesus, consume His Truth, and to live His life which enable us to sing God’s praises, and to be active and life-changing living stones in our community of faith.

            In other words, if Jesus, the Living Stone, is the image of the invincible God (Colossians 1:15), then as living stones of the Living Rock, our mission is to cooperate shepherds of the Mystical Temple and to announce and dispense the blessings of the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.  Thus, having been called and chosen to be holy preachers, teachers, parents, leaders, doctors, nurses, and labourers of God, we must stop at nothing to secure God’s house and to enshrine the fear, love, and life of God in our lives and communities