It is 20th April 2018. The readings are from Acts 9:1-20; and the Gospel from John 6:52-59. The life that we receive from Christ attracts the others to follow the One we believe and emulate. Truth attracts truth. The spiritual power and energy we have from Jesus either attracts or distracts people from Jesus. Some may like the way we worship and many would not even accept the way we believe the Lord and follow Him. The first reading presents us with the conversion of Saul, who vowed to kill and destroy the believers of Jesus. This story of the conversion of Saul mentioned three times in the same book of the Acts. The conversion of Saul was indeed a remarkable significance on the growth of the church. Once a destroyer of the Christianity, now has been converted to build the Church. He became a firm believer in Jesus and a fearless preacher. The life in the believers truly had an impact on Saul and profoundly personal vision of the Risen Lord that changed him to humble himself to be knocked down from his arrogance, pride and hatred. The power of the Risen Lord who encountered him opened his heart to know, love, serve and follow the Lord to the end. “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your way here, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” (Acts. 9:17). After his conversion, St. Paul strongly believed that Jesus is the Messiah, God, is with the mystical Body of Christ, the Church, and Christ has accepted him and forgiven him. In our lives too, we all have to face the Lord Jesus for all that we are doing against the Church and the humanity. The responsorial Verse invites us: “Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News.” (Mk.16:15). We are not converted for ourselves only; our conversion must bring many people near Christ. The Gospel explains Jesus who offers His very flesh and blood for our life and the life of the world. “I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.” (Jn.6:53). The life we have received from the Body and Blood of Christ makes us to bring many closer to Christ. We need to regularly thank God for the personal and real presence in the most wonderful Sacrament of the Eucharist. We read in the Catechism No. 1380: “It is highly fitting that Christ should have wanted to remain present to his Church in this unique way. In his Eucharistic presence he remains mysteriously in our midst as the one who loved us and gave himself up for us, and he remains under signs that express and communicate this love: The Church and the world have a great need for Eucharistic worship. Jesus awaits us in this sacrament of love. Let us not refuse the time to go to meet him in adoration, in contemplation full of faith, and open to making amends for the serious offenses and crimes of the world. Let our adoration never cease.” May we consecrate ourselves by this very communion regularly.

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