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.”
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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