(Fifth Sunday of Easter)
Scripture Reading: John 14:1-12
Last Sunday we were made to understand that we cannot enjoy the care of Jesus the Good Shepherd if we refuse to follow Him. Today’s gospel tells us where Jesus the Good Shepherd is leading us to; He is leading us to the place He has prepared for us. This is to remind us that this world is not our home. Albert Edward Brumley born on October 29, 1905 wrote this old song that said “This world is not my home I’m just a passing through, My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue, The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door, And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore, Oh lord you know I have no friend like you, If heaven’s not my home then lord what will I do, The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door, And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore” This old song says : “This world is not my home, I’m just passing through.” We are like tent-dwellers in the desert; suddenly one day the tent is gone and there is not a trace left; nothing but sand. I am a stranger HERE, but thank God I am not a stranger THERE. Jesus knows me by name and is building me a mansion, as is the case with every born-again believer. Here in this world as strangers and pilgrims, we need a map, or guidance and instruction on the pathway. So the Psalmist continues, “Hide not thy commandments from me.” God’s Word is “a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path”. As pilgrims here on earth, therefore, we need to be in the Word every day for instructions on the pathway. That’s the plan, so I’ll meet you up there at journey’s end.
Dear friends, a lot of us are not living with eternity in view. We want to possess the earth with all its glory and splendor at the risk of losing heaven. Are we living with a view of eternity? Are we living as though Christ could come today? Having a proper view of eternity will drastically affect how we live and also prepare us to suffer anything that might hinder us from making heaven. In Luke 12:45 the servant who thought that the master was delaying His coming began to beat the other servants, live in waste, and get drunk. A lack of concern for the end times can at times encourage sin. Those who have a proper view of Christ’s imminent return will naturally start to prepare. They will start to purify themselves in preparation of His coming. This view will deliver believers from the strongholds of sin. To live with eternity in view entails living our lives in accordance with the will of God. To live with eternity in view is to suffer for His name’s sake. To live with eternity in view is to seek first God’s kingdom. To live with eternity in view implies that we focus our minds on things above not on earthly wealth, fame and opulence. To live with eternity in view entails our seeking God’s glory at all times and never our own glory. To live with eternity in view is to think about heaven, talk about heaven, teach about heaven, preach about heaven and live to make heaven. Brethren, to live with eternity in view is ultimately joyous but also has a painful dimension while still on earth. A Nigerian song writer Eugene Mbaebie, wrote “Oh wake up slumber wake up, And prepare for the glory, Meeting Jesus your Saviour, The Captain of the band, Prepare before it’s too late, Or join the group that cry, Oh, no, had I known! Chorus: Oh no, the sinner’s voice I hear…, Gone, gone, they have gone, they have gone, Marching to join the glory above; Oh, no, had I known!” On that fateful day the sinners voice must be heard lamenting and shedding the tears of had I known, I would have accepted the gospel, do not allow yourself to be among those that will cry “Oh, no, had I known”
MASS: WHITE Acts 6:1-7; Ps 33:1-2.4-5.18-19 (R.22); 1 pet 2:4-9; Accl. Jn 14:6; Jn 14:1-12
1. 1.Take a worship song to the Lord as you are led.
2. Holy Father give me a firm confidence in thy mercy of receiving the pardon of my sins, holy perseverance, and, finally, the glory of paradise, through the merits of Jesus Christ on the Cross, give me a great love towards thee, which shall detach me from the love of this world and of myself, so that I may love none other but Thee, and that I may neither do nor desire anything else but what is for Thy glory. Father, I offer myself entirely to Thee, that thou may do with me, and all that belongs to me, as it may please thee; give me strength to do Thy will always especially at the hour of death in the name of Jesus
3. Pray seriously and meditatively the prayer “Stay with me Lord” by St. PIO.
Exercise: Spend some quiet time with the Lord for about thirty minutes today.
Meditation: John 17:16