Homily of the Day
May 30, 2019
Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter
Recall a time when you lost sight of Jesus. Whenever we focus on our troubles, we take our eyes off Jesus and become blind to what Hes doing to help us. Spiritual growth means improving our self-control so that we focus on Jesus no matter whats happening. The sooner we remember to do this, the sooner we see Him again.
When work or our ministry preoccupies us, remember that Jesus is beside us, instructing us in what to do, how to do it, and how to be a witness of his love and truth. Losing sight of Jesus makes us vulnerable to sin. Then, when we get in touch with our sins and realize that weve crucified Christ by hurting others and ourselves, we truly do mourn and weep, as Jesus prophesied in this Gospel reading. But notice that He added: You will grieve for a time, but your grief will be turned into joy. What is it that is grieving us now? Where is our joy lacking? Why are we lacking it? How can our grief be turned into joy?
When we deny our need for forgiveness or after seeking it we deny that we have been forgiven, we lose the joy of our salvation. Likewise, when we look to externals for our joy, we lose the gift of joy that Jesus has given us. Only by seeing Jesus as the true source of joy can we find hope and healing and lasting happiness. Only by noticing how Jesus handled life can we develop the right attitudes about our own life. Only by observing why Jesus was glad to suffer for the sake of others can we find blessings in our sufferings.
Have we lost sight of Jesus? Look again. Keep our eyes on Jesus, but when we have to look at others, or things or events or whatever, see them through his eyes!
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“I tell you truly: you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices; you will grieve for a time, but your grief will be turned into joy.” John 16:20
Imagine a little boy sitting in a swing. This child’s slightly older brother begins to push his brother in the swing. At first, the younger brother is delighted. Then his brother pushes the swing harder. The younger brother begins to become afraid. He cries to his brother to stop. The older brother pushes even harder. The younger child begins to scream and cry.
This scene is analogous to trusting in the Spirit. When the wind of the Spirit blows our swing, it can be delightful. However, if the Holy Spirit pushes harder, we might become afraid. Because of our fears, we can refuse to let the wind of the Spirit lift us up to the heights.
The Holy Spirit swung Paul so hard that he was sent to be a missionary to the Gentiles (see Acts 18:6). The cross is the ultimate push of the Holy Spirit. We are naturally afraid to be lifted up to the cross.
Tomorrow begins the Pentecost novena, which is often all about growing to trust the Holy Spirit before He pushes your swing harder. Pray with all your heart the Pentecost novena.
Prayer: Jesus, lifted up on the cross, in the Resurrection, and in Your Ascension, may I let you draw me to Yourself (Jn 12:32).
Promise: “Many of the Corinthians, too, who heard Paul believed and were baptized.” Acts 18:8
Praise: At a healing service, Jesus healed Nora’s torn rotator cuff, restoring her full range of motion.