Monday, 15 April 2013 : 3rd Week of Easter (Scripture Reflection)

Lie is the poison which destroys trust in mankind, and lie also prevents us from seeing the truth, and it brings us further away from the truth, that is God, our Lord. That was also how lies brought the people and their leaders further away from the truth of Christ. The Messiah had come to the people, and yet they had rejected Him because of the lies that prevented them from seeing the truth.

To testify in public means we should aim to say only the truth, and truth indeed, even though it may be difficult to do so. But in doing a testimony, a trust had been placed upon us to say the truth about things that we have knowledge of, and to tell lies in a testimony would be a great sin. Since a lie is a betrayal of trust and faith, and therefore an outright rebellion against God’s commandments and laws.

Jesus came to the people of Israel, and presented Himself plainly to them, in plain and clear truths that He had represented and taught to the people. He explained to the people of Israel the true nature of God in heaven, who is His Father, and who loves all the people whom He created, that indeed, in Jesus Himself lie that truth, that God sent His only Son that all those who believe in Him, may be saved and gain eternal life.

Yet many refused to believe in Him and His message, and instead they ‘believed’ Him because of His miracles, and not because of the truth that is in Him. It is in our human nature that we are easily excited and interested by things that excite our visual senses, in which, Christ through His miracles had definitely left a great impact on all these people, that they believe in Him, but in His miracles and what they see, instead of any kind of true faith in the Messiah.

This was also why they abandoned Him when He was arrested and put on trial by the chief priests, and when the priests cried for His death, they too followed suit and cried out for the death of Christ, the very one whom they had ‘believed’ in before, not because of any true faith, or belief and faith in the truth, but in temporary excitement of the visual. We prefer to linger in a world of lies than in a world of truth.

Therefore, dear brothers and sisters in Christ, let us then strive for truth and also strive to tell the truth to all around us, particularly when it concerns other people. Let us not be children of Satan but rather become children of God, who is truth.

Monday, 15 April 2013 : 3rd Week of Easter (Gospel Reading)

John 6 : 22-29

Next day the people, who had stayed on the other side, realised that only one boat had been there, and that Jesus had not entered it with His disciples; but rather, the disciples had gone away alone. Bigger boats from Tiberias came near the place where all these people had eaten the bread. When they saw that neither Jesus nor His disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking or Jesus.

When they found Him on the other side of the lake, they asked Him, “Master, when did You come here?” Jesus answered, “Truly, I say to you, you look for Me, not because of the signs which you have seen, but because you ate bread and were satisfied. Work then, not for perishable food, but for the lasting food which gives eternal life. The Son of Man will give it to you, for He is the One on whom the Father has put His mark.”

Then the Jews asked Him, “What shall we do? What are the works that God wants us to do?” And Jesus answered them, “The work God wants is this : that you believe in the One whom God has sent.”

Monday, 15 April 2013 : 3rd Week of Easter (Psalm)

Psalm 118 : 23-24, 26-27, 29-30

Although princes conspire against me, Your servant will observe Your decrees. Your laws are my delight, my counselors who uphold me.

When I explained my ways, You responded; instruct me then in Your precepts. Explain to me all Your ordinances, and I will meditate on Your wondrous deeds.

Keep me away from deceitful paths; be gracious and teach me Your law. I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart upon Your laws.

Monday, 15 April 2013 : 3rd Week of Easter (First Reading)

Acts 6 : 8-15

Stephen, full of grace and power, did great wonders and miraculous signs among the people. Some persons then came forward, who belonged to the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen from Cyrene, Alexandria, Cilicia, and Asia. They argued with Stephen but they could not match the wisdom and the spirit with which he spoke. As they were unable to face the truth, they bribed some men to say, “We heard him speak against Moses and against God.”

So they stirred up the people, the elders, and the teachers of the Law; they took him by surprise, seized him and brought him before the Council. Then they produced false witnesses who said, “This man never stops speaking against our Holy Place and the Law. We even heard him say that Jesus the Nazarean will destroy our Holy Place and change the customs which Moses handed down to us.”

And all who sat in the Council fixed their eyes on him, and his face appeared to them like the face of an angel.