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April 18, 2018 (Wed­nes­day) Third Week of Easter Psalter: Week 3/(White) Ps 66:1-3a, 4-5, 6-7a Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.

First Read­ing: Acts 8:1b-8

Saul was there, ap­prov­ing his mur­der. This was the be­gin­ning of a great per­se­cu­tion against the Church in Jerusalem. All, ex­cept the apos­tles, were scat­tered through­out the re­gion of Judea and Sa­maria. De­vout men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. Saul, mean­while, was try­ing to de­stroy the church. He en­tered house af­ter house and dragged off men and women, and had them put in jail.

At the same time, those who were scat­tered went about, preach­ing the word. Philip went down to a town of Sa­maria and pro­claimed the Christ there. All the peo­ple paid close at­ten­tion to what Philip said as they lis­tened to him, and saw the mirac­u­lous signs that he did. For, in cases of pos­ses­sion, the un­clean spir­its came out shriek­ing loudly. Many peo­ple, who were par­a­lyzed or crip­pled, were healed. So there was great joy in that town.

Gospel: Jn 6:35-40

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; who­ever comes to me shall never be hun­gry, and who­ever be­lieves in me shall never be thirsty. Nev­er­the­less, as I said, you refuse to be­lieve, even when you have seen. Yet all those whom the Fa­ther gives me will come to me, and who­ever comes to me, I shall not turn away. For I have come from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of the One who sent me.

And the will of him who sent me is that I lose noth­ing of what he has given me, but in­stead that I raise it up on the last day. This is the will of the Fa­ther, that who­ever sees the Son and be­lieves in him shall live eter­nal life; and I will raise him up on the last day.”

Re­flec­tion:

Who­ever comes to me shall not be turned away.

I am sure all of us have ex­pe­ri­enced rid­ing in a car and a beg­gar comes to our win­dow. How do we feel if we have turned that per­son away? I have asked our driv­ers to put some crack­ers or bis­cuits in all the cars of the school or pri­ory so that we don’t have to turn any­one empty handed. I am sure many of us or maybe all of us have ex­pe­ri­enced be­ing turned away, be­ing re­jected, be­ing re­fused help, made to feel one does not be­long. It is a frus­trat­ing feel­ing which takes out en­ergy from us, mak­ing us lose hope. It is such a con­so­la­tion to know that we can go to Some­one who will not turn us away, who will in some way give us a feel­ing of hope and a feel­ing of be­long­ing. It is awe­some that we are all ca­pa­ble of giv­ing that feel­ing to some­one—that we can choose to ac­cept a per­son, give a per­son help he or she needs, of mak­ing some­one feel hope. What a pity if we do not use this gift, this power to give a per­son hope and con­so­la­tion.

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