Homily: We Shall See Him As He Is

Revelation 7: 2-4, 9-14;  1 John 3: 1-3;  John 6:37-40

       Gospel Summary

From the various gospel passages available for this feast I have selected the one from chapter six of John’s gospel. This gospel is taken from John’s Bread of Life Discourse.

In particular, today we focus on the verse, “For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him up on the last day”. We see asserted, therefore, that the indispensable condition for a victorious outcome of our lives is to “see” and “believe” in Jesus.

“Seeing” Jesus is to encounter him in the reading of the Scriptures or through the witness of others or in any other way. But the really important step is “believing” in him. This can only mean to make one’s life an occasion for the kind of self-giving in loving service that is the central meaning of the Body-broken and Blood-poured-out for others.

     Life Implications

It is no accident that All Souls Day follows immediately after the feast of All Saints. This feast provides us with an opportunity to remember those family member and friends who have already died and to whom we owe so much. If we are honest, we will recognize that our freedom or self-confidence is not something that we have acquired by our own devices. If we have escaped the plight of low self-esteem or the paralysis of fear and anxiety, it is because we have been loved and affirmed by good people, such as, our parents and siblings as well as teachers and dear friends.

To all these good people we owe such a debt of gratitude that we should welcome this opportunity to celebrate their goodness and to ask God to reward them for all the ways in which they have been a blessing in our lives. This also reminds us of our obligation to be a blessing and a support in the lives of many other people who have not been as fortunate as we have been. In that way, the meaning of the Eucharist will be reflected in our lives and we can then be confident that Jesus will “raise us up on the last day.”     (Demetrius R. Dumm, O.S.B.)

 

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