May 14, 2017

Reading 1 Acts 6:1-7

As the number of disciples continued to grow,
the Hellenists complained against the Hebrews
because their widows
were being neglected in the daily distribution.
So the Twelve called together the community of the disciples and said,
“It is not right for us to neglect the Word of God to serve at table.
Brothers, select from among you seven reputable men,
filled with the Spirit and wisdom,
whom we shall appoint to this task,
whereas we shall devote ourselves to prayer
and to the ministry of the Word.”
The proposal was acceptable to the whole community,
so they chose Stephen, a man filled with faith and the Holy Spirit,
also Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas,
and Nicholas of Antioch, a convert to Judaism.
They presented these men to the apostles
who prayed and laid hands on them.
The word of God continued to spread,
and the number of the disciples in Jerusalem increased greatly;
even a large group of priests were becoming obedient to the faith.

I want to be like these people – devoting themselves to prayer and the ministry of the Word.  How many things I seem to be devoted to that are not God’s.  I want to influence people to come to Christ.  It gives me great joy to hear that the number of disciples increased greatly because I want more people in this day and age to become disciples.  I always think how different the world would be if more people followed Jesus.  Obedience to faith is the cure for evil.  It is a beautiful thing to see the discipline and dedication of people to God, and I strive for my life to be an example of that to those that do not yet know His Love.

Reading 2 1 Pt 2:4-9

Come to Him, a Living Stone, rejected by human beings
but chosen and precious in the sight of God,
and, like living stones,
let yourselves be built into a spiritual house
to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices
acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
For it says in Scripture:
Behold, I am laying a Stone in Zion,
a Cornerstone, chosen and precious,
and whoever believes in It shall not be put to shame.

Therefore, Its value is for you who have faith, but for those without faith:
The Stone that the builders rejected
has become the Cornerstone, and

A Stone that will make people stumble,
and a Rock that will make them fall.

They stumble by disobeying the Word, as is their destiny.

You are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood,
a holy nation, a people of His Own,
so that you may announce the praises” of Him
Who called you out of darkness into His wonderful Light. 

Jesus was rejected by humans yet is the most important Being to ever live.  Although people rejected Him, God saw Him as precious.  That is what we need to remember when we are rejected.  God sees us differently than those people that do not recognize our value and worth.  We need to keep that in our hearts, and we have to know we are never alone because Jesus was publicly rejected by many many people.  He understands us in that way.  We need to always profess how great He is as His people.  We are chosen and see the Light.  Since we are set apart, we must act different and stand out from those that turned their backs on Him.

Gospel Jn 14:1-12

Jesus said to His disciples:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled.
You have faith in God; have faith also in Me.
In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.
If there were not,
would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?
And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come back again and take you to Myself,
so that where I am you also may be.
Where I am going you know the way.”
Thomas said to him,
“Master, we do not know where you are going;
how can we know the way?”
Jesus said to him, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life.
No one comes to the Father except through Me.
If you know me, then you will also know my Father.
From now on you do know Him and have seen Him.”
Philip said to Him,
“Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.”
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time
and you still do not know Me, Philip?
Whoever has seen Me has seen the Father.
How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me?
The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own.
The Father who dwells in Me is doing His works.
Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me,
or else, believe because of the works themselves.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever believes in Me will do the works that I do,
and will do greater ones than these,
because I am going to the Father.”

There are times when we question Jesus and ask what He’s doing and where He’s going, but we have to have faith.  We must continue to know that Jesus is preparing a place for us as the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  He is the Answer to it all – when we do not know where to turn, what to do, or how to go.  Follow Him and find the path that is waiting for you.  Once our faith is strong enough, we will not constantly doubt or question what’s next or feel lost. Believing in Jesus leads to doing good works as He does.  He passes on the responsibility of doing these works, and this task is for us to serve God and keep Him in the world.


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