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3rd Week of Easter Ps 31:3cd-4, 6 & 7b & 8a, 17 & 21ab

1st Read­ing: Acts 7:51 — 8:1a Gospel Read­ing: Jn 6:30-35


“You are a stub­born peo­ple.” Ac­tu­ally, the sen­tence goes on: “You hard­ened your hearts and closed your ears. You have al­ways re­sisted the Holy Spirit, just as your fa­thers did.” It can­not be more em­phatic than that—this in­dict­ment against the Jew­ish peo­ple. It is re­ally some­thing that even af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing God’s sav­ing ac­tiv­i­ties to­ward their his­tory, and af­ter wait­ing for thou­sands of years, they did not ac­cept the Mes­siah that God sent them. In our own per­sonal lives there are also times when we have hard­ened our hearts, when we closed our ears to the voice of the Holy Spirit. And God is not tired of ad­mon­ish­ing us: “If you hear my voice, harden not your hearts.” As our re­treat mas­ter Fr. Luigi told us: “Just let God love you!” It is as sim­ple as that. We don’t have to do heroic deeds, make enor­mous sac­ri­fices, do a lot of good works. Just let God love you.

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