Sunday, 12 May 2013 : 7th Sunday of Easter (First Reading)

Acts 7 : 55-60

But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, fixed his eyes on heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus at God’s right hand, so he declared, “I see the heavens open and the Son of Man at the right hand of God.”

But they shouted and covered their ears with their hands and rushed together upon him. They brought him out of the city and stoned him, and the witnesses laid down their cloaks at the feet of a young man named Saul. As they were stoning him, Stephen prayed saying : “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”

Then he knelt down and said in a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he died.

Saturday, 11 May 2013 : 6th Week of Easter (Scripture Reflection)

God is love, and love is God. For in God is the true love, not merely the love as we are taught to believe by the world, that is the lust and passion between two persons, but as a true form of noble feeling that transcends everything, and indeed made everything possible. For as long as we have love within ourselves, we can do everything, because with love as our anchor, God Himself is with us, and becomes the anchor of our actions. We cannot go wrong, as long as we keep the true love, that is God’s love, within all of us.

God Himself had revealed Himself in His full glory to us, none other than through the Apostles, to whom Christ, the Son of God, spoke to directly just before His death. He showed them who He is, and what His mission in this world is, through His words and His actions. Through His death on the cross and His glorious resurrection on the third day, He proved yet again and again the truth of His words, and therefore His love for all mankind, and He showed the perfect fulfilment of the prophecies of the prophets, and that of God’s promise, since the beginning of creation, through Abraham, and to us.

If we truly have love in us, and if we truly love God our Lord and Father, we will naturally grow stronger in our faith. For faith and love cannot be separated from one another. In order to love, we need to have faith in that we want to love, and in order to have faith in something, we must first love that something before we can put our trust in it. That is why we need to love God first before we can have faith in Him. If we are just merely ‘Sunday Catholics’ who come for the Mass just because we feel it and treat it as an obligation, then we are merely empty vessels without love, without love for God, and therefore our faith in God will be found wanting.

Christ who is risen, and then taken up to heaven at Ascension, did not leave all of us empty-handed, but He sent us a great Advocate, that is the Holy Spirit, which He sent to the apostles, and become the  source of their inspiration, strength, and courage to carry out the mission which He had entrusted to them, that is to make disciples all the nations of the earth, and to bring His Good News of salvation to the ends of the earth.

Have faith in the Lord, and put our trust in Him, always. Never forget His kindness, and the sacrifice He had made so that all of us may be saved. Be courageous and take up the mantle of the apostles, who preached the Good News to many, not only through our own words, but also through good deeds, that show to the many who sees us, that we truly belong to God.

Therefore, dear brothers and sisters in Christ, let us love one another and love our God ever more at all times, that we truly become creatures of love, and love guide our actions and all our being. May God bless us with a warm and growing love within our hearts. Amen.