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.