It is 11th April 2016. We celebrate the memorial of St. Stansislaus, the Bishop and the Martyr. The readings are from Acts 6:8-15; and the Gospel from John 6:22-29. The first reading describes how Stephen was brought in front of the court of law by the false witnesses. But the physical presence of Stephen made them realise that how deep in his reflections on the Scripture and the Law. The discussion and debates were surrounded on the temple and the law. As the voice of the false witnesses were loud against him, so the power of God’s glory in Stephen. “The members of the Sanhedrin all looked intently at Stephen, and his face appeared to them like the face of an angel.” (Acts.6:15). We must never be afraid of the false accusations. However louder they might be, God is mightier than all the evil voices put together. As long as we believe, live and practice the truth, no one can destroy us. Wherever there is Holy Spirit, there is truth. Truth and life will win always. The responsorial Psalm praises, “They are happy whose life is blameless.” (Ps.118:1). The Gospel clarifies our intentions to follow Jesus. Our following the Lord must not be reduced to material needs rather it must be for the spiritual welfare. Knowing the truth and living the truth need to be the purpose of our following the Lord. Jesus wants us to work for God. Our belief in Jesus is the primary work of God. Accepting, affirming, and allowing our entire being to be led by the Spirit of God towards Jesus. We must not hesitate to believe Jesus. Our faith must not become a temporary solution and fixing problems of lives. Our faith demands the lavishness of our hearts in displaying the best for Jesus. We can only believe God fully, when we begin to believe Jesus. Jesus gave them this answer, ‘This is working for God: you must believe in the one He has sent.” (Jn.6:29). May you have a good day.

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