It is 24th April 2017. We celebrate the memorial of St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, the priest and the martyr. The readings are from Acts 4:23-31; and the Gospel from John 3:1-8. The first reading brings out the salient features that contributed to the growth and spreading of the Church with its courageous proclamation of the truth that Jesus is risen and He lives in the Church and its members. The prayer of protection from the communities made the church to spread even amidst willfully evil suppression by the rulers and their persecutions. It is the prayer of the Apostles and the community as the breeze of the Holy Spirit that swept the fear and offered them tremendous courage to face any situations. Courage is granted by the Holy Spirit to all who pray in the Spirit. “And now, Lord, take note of their threats and help your servants to proclaim your message with all boldness, by stretching out your hand to heal and to work miracles and marvels through the name of your holy servant Jesus. And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness.” (Act.4:29-31). When was the last time our communities ended up praying so intensely when faced with threats and persecutions from within and around? Mostly we have too many meetings and committees than to hold our believers together in prayer. We are proud to be called a well-organized church than to be a praying church. The responsorial Psalm prays, “Blessed are they who put their trust in God.” (Ps.2:13). The Gospel invites us to be born again in the Spirit of the Lord. The Baptism of Sacrament is only a beginning to know and love the Lord. We need to intense our pursuit of learning, living our faith and to practice it through vibrant actions. We all have mandate and an obligation to spread the Good wherever God wills. May you have a good day.

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