Believing in Lord’s Words
HOMILY ON THE 21ST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
BELIEVING IN THE LORD’S WORDS.
After Jesus’multiplication and statement that the bread he will give is His flesh for the life of the world, many of His disciples did not believe in His words. They no longer accompanied Him except for Peter, a representative for all believers.
Let’s look in to why many disciples did not believe Jesus’ words and what they would do if they believed.
WHY MANY DISCIPLES DID NOT BELIEVE JESUS’ WORDS
Many Jews and disciples did not believe in Jesus’ words only because they believed in things more logical. They said: “ Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph? (Jn 6:42); “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?” (Jn 6:52).
They would have believed Jesus’ words if they unerstood the personification Jesus imples on the bread but they didn’t believe him because there was no evidence. But if they did not believe, they will have no way to deny Him when He ascend to where He was before (Jn 6:62).
On the contrary, St.Peter so believed that he affirmed: “ Master, to whom I shall we go? You have words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God” (Jn 6:68,69).
WHAT DID THEY DO IF THEY BELIEVED?
In the old days, Joshua’s household and Jews believed and served God because they saw the sign of freeing them from slavery at Egypt and from the enemy such as Ammorites, Canaanites and Hittites…(Josh 24: 1-2a,15-17,18a).
According to Jesus’words, believing in Jesus’ words is coming to Him but there is no such coming to Him unless God grants it.(Jn 6: 65). And, if belief is a favor, people must be humble to pray to God.
According to St. John, believing in Jesus’words is accompanying Him but many of His disciples, hearing about “ eating the flesh of man” did not accompany Him (Jn 6: 66).
Finally, to St Paul, believing in Jesus is subordinate to Him: “ As Church is subordinate to Christ (Eph 3: 24) because “The two shall become one flesh” (Eph 5: 31) by the Holy Communion.
Written by fr.Jos. Dang Van Rao.