It is 11th April 2018. We celebrate the memorial of St Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr. The readings are from Acts 5:17-26; and the Gospel from John 3:16-21. How far can we go for Jesus? Can we be a witness for Christ even in the most challenging situations. At times we wish to be a distant follower than to be an intimate disciple of Christ. Most of us are made to believe that not to go near God too close so as not to be tested by God so much. The episode we reflect in the first reading differs all the conventional beliefs that dried roots of our faith in most occasions. The passage teaches us that more we go closer to God, more we are so filled with miracles and blessings in our lives that we cannot ignore. When we speak for the Risen Lord like that of St. Peter and the Apostles, we will be put into difficulties surely. Yet, are we willing to trust the Risen Lord Jesus who surely sets us free from any type of prison people put in. God sends God’s angels to set us free no matter what it takes for God. The angel of God not only means the Angel from Heaven but it could be the people who resemble in their behaviour like the angels who come to rescue those in pain at the appropriate time. The opposition and the prejudices against the Good News about Jesus and His teaching are not received well at all even today. There is so much of hatred messages against the Good News and the servants of the Gospel shown in the media and more specially in social media. What we see is today is that people in general have problem with the Christians and that is transmitted against the teaching of Christ. “When God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom.8.31). The responsorial Psalm intercedes, “This poor man called and the Lord heard him.” (Ps.33:7). The Gospel teaches us that Jesus is not just a spark from the Father rather He is the Light from the Father equal God yet separate in individuality and functionality. Every human heart is looking for that Light; it never settles down until reaches and experiences the Light in Christ Jesus. It is hardcore evil people are afraid of coming closer to the light of Christ fearing being exposed of their deeds of darkness. “For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.” (Jn. 3:21). May the Risen Lord Jesus be the light of our lives to set us free from all darkness. May you have a good day.

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