4th Week of Easter : Tuesday 10th May 2022

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St John De Avila, priest and doctor

4th Week of Easter : Tuesday 10th May 2022

Acts 11:19-26; Ps. 86:1-3,4-5,6-7;
Jn. 10:22-30 (Ps Wk IV)

It is probably not good for the Christian Church to be too comfortable, prosperous, or accepted by society. The early Christians discovered that they seemed to flourish as a community during their times of persecution. Even though there was a severe famine and persecution at the hands of Herod, the Christians focused on helping their brothers and sisters in need and sharing what they had. Because of this sort of life, they were first called ‘Christians’. When things do not go well for us, it is not the time for defensiveness, fear, or flight. It is a call to remember who we are and to be that beacon of hope and compassion we are meant to be.

The crowd wanted a sign or confirmation from Jesus that He was indeed the Messiah. But He refused to give one. He insisted that those who belonged to Him – those with hearts and minds open to God – would instinctively recognise who He was and respond with faith. In our world, many voices claim to have the truth. If we listen with the heart and soul, we can have an inner sense of the correct path. We can recognise the presence of Jesus wherever it might be. Jesus is one in mind, heart, and will with the Father. He invites us to be one with Him so that we, too, can experience that same relationship.

Lord, help me always to hear Your voice.

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