It is 19th April 2018. The readings are from Acts 8:26-40; and the Gospel from John 6:44-51. How often do we lead people to Christ? We can only lead others to Christ when we are filled with the Holy Spirit and regularly reflecting and reading the Sacred Scripture. When our lives are full of worldly worries and our minds of mesmerised by the materials things, we will not be able to listen to the voice of the Spirit of Truth within ourselves and leading someone who wishes to know about Christ. In the first reading, we meet St. Philip who goes to meet an Ethiopian official who had difficulty in understanding the Word of God. With so much conviction and faith, St. Philip explained the Word of God to the official that led him to the Sacrament of Baptism. The responsorial Psalm acclaims, “Cry out with Joy to God all the earth.” (Ps.65:1). Jesus continues the discourse of the Bread of life. The continuum of God’s life is found only in Christ. That is why Christ could boldly assure that His flesh is given for the life that is eternal. The life of grace comes from the participation and consumption of the Holy Eucharist worthily and daily. The bread of immortality is the Bread of life. Receiving the Sacrament of the Eucharist fills us with God’s grace and unites us with the Father and with the Church. We are drawn to the Eucharist when we live and guided by the Spirit of God. “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” (Jn.6:51). What we eat so we become. “Man does not live by bread alone, but . . . by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord” (Deuteronomy 8:3; Matthew 4:4). “Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” (2 Peter 1:4). The new life we have received from the Sacrament of Baptism and Confirmation need to be shared with someone who is looking for God and Jesus. We are all needed by God to lead and to expound the Word of God to the others. Times like these, God counts on our openness to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in leading others to Christ, the Bread of life. May you have a good day.

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