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06/02/19 Seventh Sunday of Easter - Fr. Damian

Have you considered the energy and power behind the word “up,” especially when it comes before or after another word? Let us consider some examples: upward, upcoming, upgrade, update, wake up, brighten up, open up, take up, stir up, build up, and look up. You would observe that when one removes the “up” from these words, they tend to lose their vitality and dynamism.

 

The Gospel Reading tells us about the priestly prayer of our Lord Jesus Christ which focuses on the oneness of his followers and their need for divine provision and protection. The passage starts with our Lord Jesus Christ Looking up to heaven.

 

There is something about looking up that the liturgy of the word of this Sunday wants us to learn especially following the ascension of our Lord into heaven which left the apostles gazing up towards heaven.

Looking up means redirecting our attention; changing our focus from a lower region to a higher one. The life and ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ show a constant looking up to heaven for divine encounter.

 

After his baptism he looked up, the heavens opened, and the Spirit of God descended upon him like a dove, and the voice of the Father comes saying, “This is my son the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matt. 3:16-17). Before the miracle of the five loaves of bread and two fish, Jesus looked up to heaven and gave thanks to God, and there was multiplication that fed five thousand people excluding women and children.

 

To look up to heaven means looking up to God.

In life, we often look up to people and to certain events to take us from one point to the other. Often, we get more stressed than blessed, more frustrated than favored, and more setbacks than success when we keep looking around for help and assistance. David says my help shall come from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

 

We need to look up to God because His love would never fail, and He is always faithful. We need to look up to God because He would supply all our needs according to His riches in glory. We need to look up to God because He cares about us even when our closest relatives abandon us. We need to look up to God because His goodness and mercies are forever.

As we celebrate the last but one Sunday of Easter and look forward to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, let us stop looking back and looking around but resolve to look up to the Lord whose steadfast love and mercies never end. If you don’t look up, you screw up and God will not raise you up, and you may end up giving up. So brace up as we move up to the Lord in the Holy Eucharist. Have a glorious Sunday and a beautiful week ahead.

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