Thursday of the Third Week of Easter
Acts of the Apostles 8:26-40, Psalm 66:8-9, 16-17, 20, & John 6:44-51
God the Father continually draws us to Jesus through the Holy Spirit working in our hearts. The very deepest yearning of our soul is for Communion with Jesus. The more we allow the Spirit of God to convert us to Jesus, the more precious our faith becomes. Soon, we can say that our faith in Jesus is the very greatest gift God has given us.
In today’s first reading from Acts, Philip experienced this gift. The gift so overwhelmed him that he had to share it with others. With a full heart, he shared the Good News about Jesus with the Ethiopian eunuch. For Philip, the Good News of the Gospel, from “being raised up on the last day” to everlasting life with Jesus, must be shared. Never had anyone been raised from the dead. The Acts of the Apostles portrays the first Christian community going throughout the land and proclaiming Christ’s resurrection and calling for belief in the Lord.
We have that same mission of proclaiming Christ in our world, a world that has lost the sense of the divine. We are called as Christians to be forthright in our witness to Jesus. Parents, grandparents, and godparents must share this faith with their children. If we truly love our children, we must share all that is precious to us with them. If our faith is precious to us, we must share it with them. Each of us is called to witness in every appropriate way within our communities. This gift of witnessing our belief in Jesus may be the most precious gift we ever give to a family member, a friend, or a co-worker. It is a gift that will last a lifetime because it provides greater meaning to life.
During this Easter Season, let us catch the excitement of that first Christian community and allow them to inspire us in sharing our faith as they shared theirs.
Question of the Day: How will you proclaim the Good News of Jesus to others?
Prayer: “Christ died for all, that those who live may live no longer for themselves, but for Him, who died for them and is risen, alleluia.” (2 Cor. 5:15)