Homily for May 28, 2017: Seventh Sunday of Easter

The Ascension of the Lord (A)

Gospel Matthew 28: 16-20

The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. When they saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted. Then Jesus approached and said to them, "All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age."

Ebanjelioa Mateo 28: 16-20

16 Hamaika ikasleak Galileara joan ziren, Jesusek esandako mendira. 17 Ikusi zutenean, gurtu egin zuten; batzuk, ordea, zalantzan zeuden. 18 Jesus, hurbildurik, honela mintzatu zitzaien: «Ahalmen osoa eman dit Jainkoak zeru-lurretan. 19 Zoazte, bada, eta egin herri guztiak nire ikasle, Aitaren eta Semearen eta Espiritu Santuaren izenean bataiatuz 20 eta nik agindu dizuedan guztia betetzen irakatsiz. Eta ni zeuekin izango nauzue egunero munduaren azkena arte».

Keep the Horizon Open

So concerned only in the immediate achievements for greater well-being and comfort, attracted to small aspirations and hopes, many of us run the risk of impoverishing the broader horizon of our existence by losing the longing for eternity. We call this “progress.” But we are terribly mistaken.

There are two facts — not very difficult to identify — that are taking place in our lives as well as in our society during these initial years of the third millennium.

On the one hand, the desire for a better world, and the expectation that we can achieve it with our hands, seems to be growing. There is a fundamental dissatisfaction in our hearts, which is pushing us to higher degrees of comfort and achievement.

On the other hand, there is fear, because the uncertainty about our future is growing; there is fear about what the future has for us in reserve: so much violence and war around, much of it provoked by our own desire for security without limits. We see so much absurd suffering in people, so many conflicts, so many abuses against people and our own planet, that it becomes a challenge to hold an optimistic view of our future.

It is true that the development of science and technology has enabled us to do away and solve many evils and unnecessary suffering. We envision that in the future more spectacular advances will take place, which may be enable us to solve further pain and sorrows that affect our present lives.

However, we must not forget that these prodigious developments are “saving” us some evils only in a limited way. We also carry within us the capacity of self-destruction. We are limited in everything we do, and we do not seem to be able to offer everything we seek and long for.

Who is going to save us from aging and our inevitable death? Many, in order to be free from the anxiety of our finite lives, go seeking all sorts of ideas, doctrines, distractions, addictions and many other means — which may offer temporary comfort and solace.

In the midst of tough questions and uncertainties, the followers of Jesus continue walking through life, convinced that salvation comes from the Lord. When life seems to be closed in itself and no exit is possible, God always surprises us with his love and mercy. God is an open door from which all that is good comes.

 

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