It is 4th May 2017. The readings are from Acts 8:26-40; and the Gospel from John 6:44-51. Victor Frankl asserted in his book, Man’s search for meaning, that “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” The first reading presents the ministry of St. Philip who changed himself before embarked on a journey to change the other. We behave more human and spiritual in a painful situation than pleasurable moments of our life. We are more willing to learn in painful situation than in an environment of pleasure and contentment. Most of us get organized, focused and productive to the maximum when we are pushed to the lowest level. The Church too was organized and able to bounce back when it was persecuted and oppressed. When we are willing to go for the Lord, there is always a possibility of serving, educating and preaching the Word of God to the other. St. Philip, being the messenger of Christ opened the eyes of an Ethiopian officer. When was the last time we opened the Bible and found ourselves spiritually closed and in need of a help from someone who could explain the Word of God? Reading the Bible is only a good beginning. If we do not understand what we read, we must make effort to approach someone to have the explanation. Do we carry an approved version of the Holy Bible when you go to Holy Mass? Do we mark the Word of God where we have the difficulty in understanding it? How serious are we to go for Bible lessons with our priests and those who could educate us? The responsorial Psalm prays, “Cry out with joy to God all the earth.” (Ps.65:1). The Gospel too encourages to be taught by God through the teaching of the Lord. “They will all be taught by God, and to hear the teaching of the Father, and learn from it, is to come to me.” (Jn.6:45). In order to discover Christ, we need to expose ourselves to Him. Our search for Christ needs to be authentic, receptive and culminate in Christ. We all have the grace of God when we have the gift of faith. The channels of grace are the Sacraments of the Church. Let us approach the Sacraments in faith to experience the divine healing and life in full. May we be blessed through the guidance of the Holy Spirit in the Word of God and in the Sacraments. May you have a good day.

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