It is 15th April 2016. The readings are from Acts 9:1-20; and the Gospel from John 6:52-59. The first reading describes the story of the conversion of Saul. The conversion comes from God and no one can resist it. “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? “Who are you, Lord?” he asked, and the voice answered, ‘I am Jesus, and you are persecuting me.” (Acts. 9:4, 5). Whenever we torture a believer, we destroy Jesus himself. Every conversion has a profound effect and soul moving experience in submitting ourselves to Jesus. In the conversion of Saul, God intended him to believe Christ is the Messiah, Jesus is the Son of God, (Acts.9:10) and to accept the indwelling presence of Christ in His believers, the mystical body of Christ. The conversion of Paul is indeed a new life in Christ. The encounter with the risen Lord surely brings some sort of visible change in our behaviour and belief. We need to be open to the Holy Spirit as Ananias who showed a loving acceptance to Saul. Are we still resisting the conversion intended by God in our lives? The responsorial Psalm invites us to do our part telling, “Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News.” (Ps.116:15). In the Gospel, Jesus restates who He is and who we can be through Him. Jesus is the Lamb of God. In every Holy Mass, we proclaim, “Behold the Lamb of God; behold Him who takes away the sins of the world.” Our life comes from Jesus by nourishing his body and blood. “Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever.” (Jn.6:59). May God assist us to accept Jesus and to help other to find Him through our merciful and charitable works. Have a good day.

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