May 21, 2017

A HOMILY FOR THE SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER –  CYCLE “A” –  MAY 21ST, 2017  –  SMG

+ Pax et Bonum!   Peace and goodness to you this day!

Have you ever had that feeling of being abandoned?  Have you ever felt all alone, and like there was no one in the whole world to help you out?  It is NOT a good feeling.  And whether it’s getting a flat tire on a back road at night, or getting into serious trouble, with no one to bail you out, there’s times nobody wants to be all alone, or abandoned!

When I was a little kid, my Mom lost me in a K-Mart.  One minute, we were looking for a birthday present for my Dad, and the next minute, my Mom and my brothers were gone.  I ran to the end of the aisle in one direction, and I didn’t see them.  And so I ran to the end of the aisle in the other direction, and I still didn’t see them.  It was not a good feeling.  My entire life flashed before my eyes.  No more birthdays with my family, ever.  No more Christmases and Christmas presents.  No more of my Mom’s spaghetti and meatballs.  They would never find me again, and eventually I would become a blue-light special!   So I did the only thing that a red-blooded, American four-year-old, could do:  I screamed!  I let out the most blood-curdling scream, that I had ever produced!  Hey, I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life in K-Mart!  “MOM!  Where are you?”  And two dozen people came running!  Including my Mom and my brothers.  I was rescued.  Apparently, K-Mart is a good place to get lost.  There are lots of other places to get lost, that aren’t so good.  There are some places where we can really get into a lot of trouble, or even get hurt.

Jesus addresses this issue of being abandoned, and getting lost, in our Gospel today.  You see, at this point in our story, Jesus is preparing to leave His disciples, and the fear of abandonment is setting in for many of them.  How are they going to get along without Him?  Who’s going to guide them?  Who’s going to keep them on the right track?  We can relate to these questions!  Maybe we’ve felt exactly this same way, for some reason in our lives!  And to all of us, then and today, Jesus promises to remain with us forever.  He says that He will never abandon us.  He will never leave us orphaned.  He will never leave us lost and by ourselves.  And today we get the promise of the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, that is going to be God remaining with us forever.

We are being prepared, of course, for the great Feast of Pentecost, which is now just a couple of weeks away.  But before we get to Pentecost, we get a glimpse of God’s great love and concern for each one of us, in that He doesn’t want us to feel abandoned or alone.  He doesn’t want us to feel lost.  And it is because we are NOT.  God is with us every step of the way through this life.  We have His love, His protection, His guidance, and His support!  We are not alone in this life!  And this is important for us to know and remember, because one of the devil’s favorite lies to tell, is to try and get us to believe that we are all alone.  That’s not true.  And Jesus points that out very well for us in our Gospel today.

But now, we’ve got to believe this!  It’s got to be way more than just words on a page or a nice Bible quote.  Our God’s love for us immense!  And He is never going to leave us, or abandon us!  He is always just one prayer away!  And this is good news for all of us today!  We can never get so lost from God, that we lose Him forever.  And God will never abandon us, it is always we who abandon Him.

Let us put our Faith and Trust in this God Who never quits, never gives up, on His people!  The Holy Spirit is the ultimate proof of that.  And that’s coming soon.  But for today, let us rejoice in God’s love, and grace, and protection.  Our God has not abandoned us.  We are not lost or left on our own.   God wants us to be with Him always.  And He truly desires to be with us always, every moment of our lives.  Let us find our peace in this, every time we feel lost.  We are not alone.  We will never be alone.  God is in our hearts at all times, even when we are in K-Mart!

+  May God bless us today,  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit…                                                                         AMEN !!!

St. Maria Goretti…          Pray for us !!!