It is 23rd April 2016. The readings are from Acts 13:44-52; and the Gospel from John 14:7-14. The first reading illustrates the enormous response to the preaching of Sts. Paul and Barnabas. The works of healing is on the increase because of the Good News. As the response increased, so the oppositions and persecutions too increased. The Apostles accelerated their mission work even amidst threats and retaliation. As long as we have the light of Christ in our words and deeds, so long there is someone out there to listen. Let us not fight with someone who opposes rather let us invest our time and energy in spreading the Good News to those who are in need of listening. “I have made you a light for the nations, so that my salvation may reach the ends of the earth.” (Acts.13:47). The responsorial Psalm sings: “All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.” (Ps.97:3). In the Gospel we read about Jesus is returning back to the Father. Jesus clarifies with all three apostles namely Thomas, Philip and Jude that the oneness of the Father and the Son revealed in His works. Knowing must lead to loving through the doing. Our search for God needs to end in Christ. The most amazing work we can perform on behalf Jesus in the world is to accept the Gospel, living the Gospel and becoming the witness to the same. When we are one with the Lord, we can also perform greater works. “Whatever you ask for in my name I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it” (Jn.8:13). Using God’s name for selfish purposes would demanding God to do things contrary to God’s character and will. God’s name is not a magic formula. Our asking must be in line with God’s will. God cannot grant anything contrary God’s will and nature. May God grant you peace.

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