Monday, April 15, 2013

Daily Mass Homily: Monday, April 15th, 2013

           When we read or listen to the texts from the Bible we might think that unbelievers never had the chance to know God.  Yet our readings today show differently.
            The great deacon Stephen gave an inspirational witness to Christ.  His audience, “could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke” and despite seeing Stephen’s face “like the face of an angel” they stoned him.  In our Gospel, the crowds ate the miraculous multiplication of loaves and fish and heard Jesus say, “Eat my body…drink my blood.”  Many deserted him.
            C.S. Lewis once said that the same sun hardens clay and melts wax.  We see this image in Scriptures as believes respond positively to Christ while unbelievers reject or desert him.  But it is the same Christ who is presented to both.
            We praise God for the gift of faith which brings us to Mass on this icy “spring” morning.  And we ask God to give grace to unbelievers in our lives, that they too may follow God.

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