Monday, April 20, 2015

Acts 6:8-15, Psalm 119:23-24, 26-27, 29-30, John 6:22-29


Acts 6:8-15, Psalm 119:23-24, 26-27, 29-30, John 6:22-29

Acts 6:8-15

My Beloved it would seem that not much has changed between those who believe in You and those who are opposed to you. The good news is that we can count on the Holy Spirit to grant us the wisdom and the words to refute our enemies and confound them just as You promised. St. Stephen the first martyr worked signs and wonders in Your Name. Filled with the grace and power of Your Spirit he worked zealously to spread the Kingdom of God but the devil never tires of working against Your anointed servants and so they conspired by foul means to discredit him with the authorities with lies false witness and testiony he was accused. Evil continues to work against those who live out the faith against all odds and persecution. Our faith sustains us for Your Word and Your promises are true.

Psalm 119:23-24, 26-27, 29-30

My Beloved, more and more clearly we see how the world works against Christianity. There is a strong opposition because the Church upholds the divine and natural law which are both ordained by God. Those who preach the Good News both by word and example are persecuted and many lives are destroyed simply because they refuse to denounce their faith. But the light of Truth is our delight and the source of our strength.

John 6:22-29

My Beloved, even to this day men pursue food that will perish with a kind of fevered frenzy that consumes all their waking moments. They keep seeking to sate the flesh which is insatiable and so they are never satisfied. After the miracle of the loaves the people were prepared to go to any lengths to find You and the disciples so they could have more of it failing to see, as You put it so well, the sign behind the miracle. The power of God at work in You.

You remind us to seek the things that are of God which will last forever and not sweat and toil for that which will give only momentary satisfaction. Only You can give food that guarantees everlasting life according to the will and plan of the Father. To the world who pose the same question, You give the same answer as in verse 29, “The work God wants is this: that you believe in the One whom God has sent.”

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