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Homilies :: Latin Rite

Acts 18:23-28

Jn 16:23b-28


The completed mission of Jesus

“I came to the world from the Father and I am leaving the world and going to the Father.”  These words of Jesus in today’s Gospel bring to our imagination a completed circle. It represents the completed life and mission of Jesus beginning from the Father and ending in the Father.

It is by successfully completing his mission of proclaiming the heavenly Father, his love and infinite mercy, that Jesus is raised to the position of a mediator between God and humanity. Jesus came down and became one among us, and as a perfect human being he was raised to the glory of God through his resurrection. Thus on the one hand Jesus represents the self- revelation of God to the world and, on the other hand the perfect model of our human vocation to divinity.

It is imitating the life and mission of Jesus that we have to find fulfilment in our lives. The words of Jesus are: “If you ask anything to the Father in my name, he will give it to you. ... Ask and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” With these words, Jesus has set for us the final goal of our life and has made our way to that goal clear.

Our goal is the fullness of joy and the way to joy is Jesus himself, his name and his person. He is the surest way to the Father’s home, where we will be united with the God in love as his children. By asking in the name of Jesus we can have our wishes fulfilled by the Father, because we love Jesus as he is one among us and Jesus comes from the Father.

Dr. Sebastian Elavathingal CMI