Saturday, May 13, 2017

Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter

It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first, but since you reject it and condemn yourselves as unworthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles. For so the Lord has commanded us, I have made you a light to the Gentiles, that you may be an instrument of salvation to the ends of the earth.

Not everyone will accept the Good News. Some will not want to hear it. Others will deny or suppress it. Some will persecute us for speaking the truth. Others will speak falsely against us. However, just because some people reject the Divine Word doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t continue to proclaim the Gospels with all our hearts. We may discover, like the disciples, that there are people who are open to the teachings of Christ and His Church. All they need is someone to become their guiding light and lead them to eternal life. We do this best when we ask for the Father’s protection, Jesus’ love, and the Holy Spirit’s inspiration. With these things we can become instruments of salvation for all those whom we meet, who are ready to accept the Way, the Truth, and the Life of Christ.

How can we respond more fruitfully to those who do not want to listen to the Good News? Are we willing to set aside our own feelings and put the proclamation to Gospels first and foremost in our lives? What can we do to transform ourselves into lights of God’s Love and Mercy?

O Lord, make us into instruments of your peace and salvation.


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