Homily ·Easter
By Archbishop Gomez
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
April 23, 2020

So today we continue reflecting on the example of the first Christians — the apostles after the Resurrection and it is interesting. As we’re listening to the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, how Peter and the apostles said that they had to obey God rather than men. And it’s also very interesting that they say that:1

We are witnesses of these things
As is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.

So my brothers and sisters, I think when we reflect on these words, it’s clear to us that we are also witnesses of these things.

We have especially rejoiced in the celebration of Easter Sunday, the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. And then, we know by our faith that he is perfect God and perfect man.

So, I think it’s a beautiful reflection to think of how we have that extraordinary gift as the apostles see that they are witnesses of these things.

So I hope that these days, as we continue our reflection on the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ, we feel that responsibility as the Apostles did to feel that grace of being witnesses of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Another thing that caught my attention, especially today, is how the apostles feel the presence of the Holy Spirit in their lives. As is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him. And yes, we have the Holy Spirit, who is the Sanctifier, working with us and is given to us so that we can strive for holiness.

So as St. Peter and the apostles were feeling that they were filled with the Spirit, we also need to feel that special grace of the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

The Holy Spirit is the source of our holiness, awakening the faith in us and teaching us how to pray. It kindles in us the fire of God’s love and unites us in faith.

Therefore it is what allows us, empowers us, and enables us to believe in the Son so as to have eternal life. The Holy Spirit is always working in a simple way in our lives, inspiring us to just the things that we are called to do everyday.

There also in the passage of the Gospel, we continue to hear the message that we heard yesterday about God’s love for us.

It’s amazing when we think how much God loves each one of us, even if we are sometimes weak and not responding or acting in the best possible way. But God is always with us.

He knows us. Jesus came to share in our humanity, as we were praying in the opening prayer of today’s Mass.

So we can be totally convinced that Jesus knows exactly how we feel, when there are challenging times and when there are good things in our lives. So we can turn to Jesus for guidance and support and of course we need to stay close to Jesus.

Finally in the Psalm today, we hear: “The Lord hears the cry of the poor.”

My brothers and sisters, this is all of us. Jesus hears us and our needs. So we have to always have that peace that God is listening to us.

Let’s ask Mary our Blessed Mother for intercession — she’s the Spouse of the Holy Spirit — that during this challenging time we always go to the Holy Spirit for guidance in our personal life and in our relationship with one another and in our ministry of bringing the good news of the Gospel to the people of our time.

1. Readings: Acts 5:27-33; Jn 3:31-36.

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