April 20, 2008
Third Sunday of Easter, Cycle A

First Reading: Acts 6:1-7
Psalm 33
Second Reading:
1 Pt. 2:4-9
Gospel: Jn. 14:1-12

Theme: Becoming Mediators Between God and Humanity

In order for us to become “mediators between God – the divine and humanity,” we must first see ourselves as evangelists, proclaiming, that Jesus is our Lord, that Jesus is our Messiah – that Jesus is our Saviour. However, in order for us as ordained priests or priests by virtue of your baptism to bring to life, this straightforward and unambiguous profession of faith into a converting heart or soul, our proclamation, teaching and preaching about Jesus’ gospel message must be effective, and certainly, clean from “wishy-washy” attitudes. When we truly share in Jesus’ priesthood as ordained priests or priests by virtue of your baptism, we are able to become the new bridge and invaluable mediators between that which is “divine” and human.

We derive from Jesus’ attitude at the temple that he was not a “Temple Priest.” Jesus was rather a Rabbi, but one, who was temple-centric in his teaching and preaching, especially against the status quo. Therefore, Jesus’ death on the Cross is a high priestly act through which he reconciled us with God. At this Eucharist then, the sacrifice of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus becomes the most cleansing and reforming act that invites us into a new way of belief and a new conversion, with regards to our lifestyles, relationship or attitudes towards other people.

As ordained priests and priests by virtue of your baptism, we, like Jesus, ought to cast judgement or scorn all that which is not spiritual and all that leads to greed, pride, arrogance, disrespect or being judgmental of others. Sharing in Jesus’ priesthood then, invites us to be nothing less than “Light,” over “darkness” and “salt” that brings taste into a dull and un-uplifting life. Therefore, with our eyes set on Jesus as the cornerstone, we, as ordained priests and you as priests by virtue of your baptism, are to become new living stones – new cornerstones –and new life-giving forces in each other’s life.

Unfortunately, there may be some of us right here – right now at this Mass, who have nothing but a disgust towards a neighbour or person. If you find yourself in this situation, may I remind us all, that when we indeed become “sacrificial lambs” in each other’s life, we are able to liberate and fill each other in faith, with hope and in the joy of Jesus, the Christ!

I am impressing upon you, that even as laypersons, God has equally called and chosen you to be “sacrificial lambs” in each other’s life, and as extensions in spreading faith in God. Yes indeed, when we fortify ourselves in Jesus’ spirit, we are able to become the Way and the Truth that give Life and sustenance to our faith and belief systems.

As we partake of this Eucharist, let us insist on living as mediators between God and humanity, with the intent on building a Kingdom of justice and peace, and of love and harmony in our parish, the Mother Church and throughout the whole world.

Father John-Baptist Okai
Priest Moderator
St. Cecilia Parish, Regina SK Canada

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