Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Easter
Memorial Feasts: Saint Peter Chanel, Priest and Martyr (1803-+1841) Patron Saint of Iceland, & Saint Louis de Montfort, Priest (1673-+1716) Patron Saint of Oceania
Acts of the Apostles 12:24-13:5a, Psalm 67:2-3, 5-6, 8, & John 12:44-50
Suitable for the Easter season, today's readings are all about praising God, and they all deal with this theme in different ways. The psalm instructs us all to glorify God and, by praising God, to reap His benefits. The reading from Acts and John's Gospel speak about doing God's Will, including praising God. Barnabas and Saul have been called to proclaim God's Word to the nations. They tell of God's glory, praise His name, and likely won over non-believers. They were called, and they answered this call with praise, not only their own but to the nations to increase the people of the Lord.
For me, this Gospel is extremely interesting. Jesus is saying that He Himself should not be worshiped, but His job is to praise God, and by His example, lead God's people to praise. In other words, we should follow Jesus and, through His model, praise and obey God and reap His benefits. Jesus is the beacon of light in the darkness, and He leads us all to God.
Those who have faith in Jesus have faith in God who sent Him, and those who believe in His Words are true to the Word of God. Jesus is the path, not the destination. He will not judge, He will not condemn, and He will reveal the right way to avoid condemnation. Jesus can save through His example of praise and obedience, and whoever wants to can follow His example. He acknowledges the importance of His responsibility. Obedience to God means eternal life. Jesus tells us that He has spoken as His Father instructed Him, and He sets the example for God's people to follow.
Question of the Day: How will you alter your life to follow Jesus' path to the Father?
Prayer: "I am the light of the world, says the Lord; whoever follows me will have the light of life." Amen.