Sunday, April 28, 2013
Preaching the Gospel: Daily Mass Homily--Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013
With all humility to both St. John the Evangelist and the inerrancy of Sacred Scripture, there was a mistake in our Gospel today. John writes, “It was winter…” Did he get 50 inches of snow in Israel in April? I think not!
We have been hearing from the Acts of the Apostles of how the Church grew in its very beginnings. People are converting by the masses to this new faith, which is first called Christianity in Antioch. In seeing the success of the apostles and disciples we might think they were very smart, eloquent speakers or truly special. Actually, in one sense they were quite ordinary. In fact, you are more educated than fishermen.
Yet St. John Chrysostom, in one of my favorite quotes, iterates, “For the deeds done by fishermen and tax collectors, the kings, philosophers and countless multitudes cannot begin to imagine.” Remember, the Church was founded, not on geniuses, but on simple men and women.
But at the end of the day we must remember, we don’t need to rely on our strengths and merits to proclaim the Gospel. Just like the early disciples and apostles, we must simply be faithful to Jesus Christ. He is, after all, one with the Father, and is the one we want to proclaim. When we align our will with his we allow him to work. And then God can do amazing things in spreading the Gospel now as then.