Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter
Acts of the Apostles 11:1-18, Psalm 42:2-3 and 43:3-4, & John 10:1-10
The readings for today don't appear to be "cut and dried." As we experience the Fourth Week of Easter, we are provided some insight into the establishment of the early church. The first apostles, who lived with Jesus, who was indeed the Son of God, were faced with how to live their lives following the will of God. The reading from Acts shows a little uncertainty about how the life of Jesus changed their faith tradition and beliefs.
After those first followers of Jesus, we are introduced to the concept of the Holy Spirit in the following passages, "The Spirit told me to accompany them without discriminating," and, "John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit."
The Gospel of John gives us an image of God as a gatekeeper, whom we can trust to lead and guide us as we make our way through this life on earth. Today's Christians, who were not privileged to live with Jesus, are called to "get to know the Son of God" through the events recorded in the Gospels. We can take comfort in gaining insight, knowledge, and direction by reading and reflecting upon the Gospels. By paying attention to what Jesus said and did while living on earth, we are furnished with opportunities to grow our understanding of who Jesus is and the lessons we can learn from Him.
The life and lessons of Jesus come alive in the Gospels. It is for each one of us to embrace the teachings of Christ, to learn from and to live the Gospel messages of love, to trust in Jesus and His promises to us, and to continue to enrich our faith and put our beliefs into practice.
Question of the Day: As one of today's disciples of Jesus, are you prepared to profess and defend the faith as taught in the Gospels?
Prayer: "I am the good shepherd says the Lord, I know my sheep, and they know me." Amen.