Scripture: 1st Reading: Acts13,26-33; Resp. Psalm: Ps2,6-12; Gosp. Accl.: Jn14,6; Gospel: Jn14,1-6
Many times in our lives we act as if we are in total control of our lives. Many times we behave as if there is no superior reference point. Many times we carry on as if we have our program of action neatly packaged with our self styled wisdom and we need no supernatural hand to guide us.
There are other times we act out of sheer malice. Other times we think we are wise but we are actually acting out of deep seated ignorance that border on foolishness. This was the kernel of St. Paul's teaching in the synagogue at Antioch of Pisidia. Paul said those who killed Jesus never understood the utterances of scriptures and never recognized the Messiah that scriptures talked about.
They thought they knew but in reality, they never knew God's foreordained plans! Because they did not know, it never occurred to them that the Messiah was to die as it was written of Him. They also never understood that God was going to raise the Messiah from the dead after three days. To these life giving events of salvation, Paul and his other companions who were privileged to know bore witness!
Our Lord had assured His disciples of these truths during His earthly ministry. He told them that they should not let their hearts be troubled but that in His Father's house, there were many mansions. He told them that if this were not so, He would have told them. He assured them that He was going there to prepare a place for them, would come back again to take them with Him so that where He was, they could be too.
When Thomas asked Him that they did not know where the Lord was going and thus could not know the way, He told him He was the way and the truth and the life and that no one comes to the Father except through Him. These were the truths of life that the Apostles and disciples preached about after the resurrection. These were the words of life that they fed the people with and inflamed their hearts with the fire of divine love.
We relive these life giving events this Easter season. We recall the great exploits of these band of courageous foot soldiers of the gospel of the Risen Lord. We are fired by their devotion and doggedness and recommit ourselves to the ideals of the gospel, just as they did. May God accept our willingness to partner with Him in His work of redemption and translate our little offer of collaboration into great success in the task of saving souls for His kingdom.
Let us pray: "O God, author of our freedom and of our salvation, listen to the voice of our pleading, and grant that those you have redeemed by the shedding of your Son's Blood, may have life through you and, under your protection, rejoice for ever unharmed." Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.