Tuesday 13th May – Tuesday of the 4th week of Easter
Reflection: Acts 11: 19-26
SEEDS OF THE GOSPEL
Moments of persecution have existed ever since the beginning of Christianity. While such moments are very difficult for Christians, God often uses persecution to draw men to himself and spread the good news of salvation. Hence, a second century Church Father, Tertullian writes: “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church”. Today’s reading reveals to us how Christianity spread outside Jerusalem and to the gentiles. The martyrdom of Stephen brought great persecution in Jerusalem and the Christians had to escape into other towns where they continued preaching the gospel to Jews and then later on, to the Greeks at Antioch.
What do you think? God helped the disciples and their preaching was met with great grace leading to conversion of a great number of people to the Lord (Acts 11: 21-23). It was in this community that the disciples were first called “Christians” because their lives were seen to exemplify that of Christ whom they professed. Indeed moments of difficulty can be God’s own way of expanding His kingdom, of using you and I as instruments of evangelisation and salvation of souls.
Dear friends, we sometimes experience moments of difficulty. Are we open to God at this time? When we find ourselves being persecuted for our faith, we must go back to God and ask Him to use us for His glory. If we are open to him like the disciples were, we will find ourselves planting seeds of the gospel in the lives of others through our words, actions and response to difficulty.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, please strengthen me in difficult times. Let any persecution I undergo, no matter how little, lead to the salvation of souls and an expansion of your kingdom. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 203 – What is Confirmation?
Confirmation is the sacrament that completes Baptism; in it the gift of the Holy Spirit is bestowed upon us. Anyone who freely decides to live a life as God’s child and asks for God’s Spirit under the signs of the imposition of hands and anointing with chrism receives the strength to witness to God’s love and might in word and deed. He is now a full-fledged, responsible member of the Catholic Church.
HIDE A TREASURE: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.” Mark 16: 15-16 RSV-CE
Readings for today: Acts 11: 19-26; Psalm 87: 1-7; John 10:22-30