3RD WEEK OF EASTER
Psalter: Week 3 / (White)
Ps 119:23-24, 26-27, 29-30
Blessed are they who
follow the law of the land!
1st Reading: Acts 6:8-15
Stephen, full of grace and power, did great wonders and miraculous signs among the people. Some persons then came forward, who belonged to the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen, from Cyrene, Alexandria, Cilicia and Asia. They argued with Stephen. But they could not match the wisdom and the spirit with which he spoke. As they were unable to face the truth, they bribed some men to say, “We heard him speak against Moses and against God.”
So they stirred up the people, the elders and the teachers of the law; they took him by surprise, seized him and brought him before the Council. Then they produced false witnesses, who said, “This man never stops speaking against our Holy Place and the law. We even heard him say that Jesus, the Nazorean, will destroy our Holy Place and change the customs which Moses handed down to us.” And all who sat in the Council fixed their eyes on him; and his face appeared to them like the face of an angel.
Gospel: Jn 6:22-29
Next day, the people, who had stayed on the other side realized that only one boat had been there, and that Jesus had not entered it with his disciples; rather, the disciples had gone away alone. Other boats from Tiberias landed near the place where all these people had eaten the bread. When they saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.
When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Master, when did you come here?”
Jesus answered, “Truly, I say to you, you look for me, not because of the signs which you have seen, but because you ate bread and were satisfied. Work then, not for perishable food, but for the lasting food which gives eternal life. The Son of Man will give it to you, for he is the one on whom the Father has put his mark.”
Then the Jews asked him, “What shall we do? What are the works that God wants us to do?”
And Jesus answered them, “The work God wants is this: that you believe in the One whom God has sent.”
THE WORK GOD WANTS IS THIS: THAT YOU BELIEVE IN THE ONE WHOM GOD HAS SENT.
It is clear that our religion is about a PERSON, not about creeds and works although these would be the consequences of one’s faith in the person of Jesus Christ. I always have to remember that our faith all began with an ENCOUNTER! It was the PERSON of Jesus that drew His apostles to Him so that even when they met Him for the first time, they left everything to follow someone they don’t really know. And the apostles and disciples preached not about any doctrine but about the PERSON OF JESUS CHRIST. And the martyrs, not only of the early Church but throughout the ages, died not for any doctrine or institution but for their loyalty to a PERSON. I think it is very important to always have this in mind because in the institutionalization of religion, there is the danger of forgetting that it is not the doctrines, moral laws, rituals, theologies, etc. that are central to one’s faith. IT IS THE PERSON OF JESUS CHRIST.
Daily Reflection 2018
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