Friday, May 05, 2017


SATURDAY, 3rd Week of Easter

May 6, 2017 – SATURDAY, 3rd Week of Easter



Acts 9: 31 - 42 / Jn 6: 60- 69


FROM THE 1ST READING:     Acts 9: 31 - 35

     Meanwhile, the Church had peace. It was building up throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria with eyes turned to the Lord and filled with comfort from the Holy Spirit.


     As Peter traveled around, he went to visit the saints who lived in Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas who was paralyzed, and had been bed­ ridden for eight years. Peter said to him, "Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; get up and make your bed!" All the people living in Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord.


FROM THE GOSPEL READING:     Jn 6: 60, 66- 69

     After hearing this, many of Jesus' followers said, "This language is very hard! Who can accept it?" ...


     After this many disciples withdrew and no longer followed him. Jesus asked the Twelve, "Will you also go away?" Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We now believe and know that you are the Holy One of God."



     Have you ever caught yourself asking God, "What are you trying to tell me?" During those moments, we are most likely trapped in the middle of so many things in our lives that we simply do not know how to make sense of what is happening to us. And, if we are unable to do so, we tend to question or even doubt the existence of God.


     In the Gospel reading today the followers of Jesus, including the Twelve, find themselves in a similar difficult situation. Many who had difficulty understanding Jesus have withdrawn and no longer followed him. Some, like Peter and his close disciples, have kept their faith in Jesus and have continued to be with him.


     Many of us may be like the former group when we choose not to believe in

Jesus because his message no longer makes sense to us.


     The Gospel reading challenges us to be like Peter and Jesus' close disciples who continued to have faith in Jesus, even in the midst of questions and doubts. Even with our questions and doubts, do we still believe that Jesus and his message make sense to us? When belief in him and living according to his message seem senseless and impractical, do our hearts still

urge us to remain with him, because it is only in and with him that our life really makes sense and meaning?


     We pray that we keep our faith in Jesus strongly rooted in our knowledge and love of Jesus no matter what others say and do, no matter what life has in store for us.


     In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we see that the faith of Peter and his close disciples were rewarded with the increase of believers and in miracles performed in the name of Jesus.













Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 


Have a good day!



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