It is 23rd April 2015. The readings are from Acts.8:26-40 and the Gospel from Jn.6:44-51. We celebrate the memorial of St. George. He is the patron of the solders and many nations. The first reading narrates how an Ethiopian became a believer. He must have been either a seeker or a God-fearer. Philip brought him to know Jesus as he was reading the 53rd chapter of Isaiah. Having accepted Jesus, the Ethiopian asked Philip, “What is to stop me being baptised?” (Acts.8:37). Baptism symbolises cleansing, a break-up with the past, and it is a new real union with Jesus. We all need someone to explain the Scripture in order to understand the Word of God. Our souls need a person who leads us to Jesus. The Ethiopian was able to have Philip to explain the Word of God. Do you have someone who take your life to Jesus? The responsorial Psalm acclaims, “Cry out with joy to God all the earth.” (Ps.65:1). The Gospel continues with the theme of Bread of Life. “They will all be taught by God. Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.” (Jn.6:45). We all have the urge to know God. We are drawn to God because of the Holy Spirit. Just hearing the Word of God will do no good rather listening and understanding the Word of God take us to Jesus. Are we ready and willing to be taught by God? Eating the living bread means to accept Jesus totally and unconditionally. Eating the Bread of life strengthens our faith in His supreme sacrifice and the resurrection. “If anyone eats of this bread, the person will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” (Jn.6:51).

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