The Witnesses

Third Sunday of Easter

A crow challenged the geese to a flying competition. One of the swans took up the challenge. The crow showed off his stunts and acrobatic prowess in the air, and flew down triumphantly. Then the swan launched into the air and flew over the sea. The crow followed, and made derisive comments about the swan’s style of flying. As they flew farther, land became out of sight, and the crow started to talk less, until he stopped altogether, for he became too tired to stay in the air, and had to struggle to keep from falling into the water (dimdima.com).

What do you think happened to the crow? The world is too proud of its many successes, and many people get into them. Among them are:

1. The claim that the world has unlimited information, and many people think they are the standard of knowledge, manifested in their arrogance, pride and unteachable mindset. However, any information is only a bit of a field of knowledge of something in the whole universe. Nobody can claim a monopoly of information about anything, because the thing that he knows is only like a drop of water in the sea. A person can surf the internet for 48 hours straight and still would not be satisfied. A person can read a whole encyclopedia and still would be wanting for knowledge. A person can have lots of experiences in doing certain things, but still feels incapable of doing other things.

2. Anonymity: the state of blending into a crowd and going unnoticed (dictionary). Many would prefer this, because they can avoid the responsibility of participating and getting involved in the activities of a place, and be responsible for their actions. Many would like to be anonymous so that they could not expect people to have expectations of them. They don’t want to weave into the cultural, moral and social life of people. They want to do what they like without consideration of culture, morals and history. And many times we see this in our own families.

3. Indifference: It is the lack of interest, concern or care for something, someone or an issue. The world has gone too far in its individualistic attitude. It has gone selfish and unconcerned for the needs of others. Everyone wants to accumulate things for himself, and to get things for himself that others have. This selfishness breeds greed for wealth and power. Besides other things, many problems this world is experiencing now are due to insatiable greed for power and wealth.

The Resurrection of Jesus brings to us the following:

1. Reminders/teachings of the things of God. Jesus, before his ascension, told his disciples that he would send His Holy Spirit to teach them everything that they needed to learn and to remind them of everything that He taught them. This is one reason why we come to Church: to be taught and to learn. This is the reason why we pray and relate with other people, and why we work honestly. We are not here to create legacies for ourselves. We are here to learn and to be faithful to Jesus. Only then can we return to Him as one people, one family.

2. Realization that God always walks with us. St. Luke describes the walk to Emmaus: It happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them…. “What are you discussing as you walk along?…. Oh, how foolish you are! How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke!  Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and enter into his glory?”  Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them what referred to him in all the scriptures” (Lk 24:15-27). We too need to invite Him, “Stay with us, Lord, for the day is almost over;” and He will fill us with His presence.

3. Sense of urgency in proclaiming God’s presence. The disciples exclaimed, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?…. So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem…. the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of bread” (Lk 24:32-35). So, we come together to celebrate the Eucharist: to be filled with His Body. He is our food and drink. We proclaim in Psalm 23: the Lord is my Shepherd, there is nothing I shall want. A person who has no sense of urgency in life is always late in many events, and must consider if he is also late in the events of his spiritual life.

So, Peter proclaims: conduct yourselves with reverence during the time of your sojourning, realizing that you were ransomed from your futile conduct…. (1 Pt 1:17-21). With Mother Mary and with all the Angels and Saints, let us rejoice in the Resurrection of Jesus, for He is our life, our peace and our strength, and “of this we are all witnesses” (Acts 2:32).

 

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