It is 2nd May 2020. We celebrate the memorial of St Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. The readings are from Acts 9:31-42; and the Gospel from John 6:60-69. The first reading presents the outcome of Peter’s preaching and His trust in the Lord by performing the two miracles. God reveals Himself through the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ. The Church spreads far and near through its charity, mission, magnanimity and sensitivity towards the people who are sick, and the needy. The Catechism affirms in CCC 688: “The Church, a communion living in the faith of the apostles which she transmits, is the place where we know the Holy Spirit: in the Scriptures, in the Tradition, in the Church’s Magisterium, in the sacramental liturgy, in prayer, in the charisms and ministries and in the signs of apostolic, missionary life; and in the witness of saints through whom he manifests his holiness and continues the work of salvation.” The responsorial Psalm prays, “What return can I make to the Lord for all that he gives to me?” (Ps.115:12). The Gospel persuades us as we reflect the end of the chapter that there is no one out there except Jesus to experience eternal life. Our Teachers are gentle and loving in spite of their teachings are challenging and hard to follow. Though many left listening to Jesus with regard to the teachings of the Eucharist, yet Jesus did not compromise or alter His teaching. Eucharist is mystery and the source of our souls and society. It is impossible to understand but nothing must become an obstacle in believing the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. Our faith in God navigates through tough times of our life. “Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.” (Jn.6:69). Jesus preserved faith in the form of Eucharist, St. Peter preserved faith in Jesus through his preaching and healing. What we doing to preserve faith in Jesus? Or on account of teaching, do we want to leave Jesus? Let us stay with the Teacher to be taught the toughest lessons during the hardest times of our life. May you have a good day.

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