Friday 25th April – Easter Friday
Reflection: John 21: 1-14
PERSEVERE IN FAITH
We have gone through the season of Lent during which we have engaged in prayer, fasting, abstinence and other forms of spiritual exercise. We have determined in our hearts to follow Christ. Now, the season of Lent is over; are we not getting distracted from the works of righteousness that Christ has called us to? Are we not like Simon Peter and other disciples in the Gospel of today (John 21:1-14) who left their call to follow Christ and went back to their old way of life, that of fishing? Are we not on the verge of leaving the righteousness we confessed at Lent, overwhelmed by the joy of this season and going back to our old sinful ways?
Christ is calling us today to himself. He is asking us not to be discouraged by the seemingly hopeless situations around us as the disciples were after His death. He wants us to be bold enough to evangelise others and to be able to bear any persecution with a joyful heart as the apostles did today in Acts 4:1-12. Indeed, we are called to follow Jesus and to win souls for God’s kingdom believing that “salvation is to be found through Him alone, in all the world there is no one else whom God has given who can save us”.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, please give me the grace never to go astray from the perfect way you have given us. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 432 – The name “Jesus” signifies that the very name of God is present in the person of his Son, made man for the universal and definitive redemption from sins. It is the divine name that alone brings salvation, and henceforth all can invoke his name, for Jesus united himself to all men through his Incarnation, so that “there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved”
HIDE A TREASURE: “Salvation is to be found through Him alone, in all the world there is no one else whom God has given who can save us” Acts 4: 12 GNB
Readings: Acts 4: 1-12; Psalm 118: 1-4, 22-27; John 21: 1-14