Saturday of the 2nd week of Easter year A

Theme: Your priority

The prompt response of the twelve to the Hellenists who complain about the maltreatment of their widows is worthy of emulation. They took care of the situation with great wisdom, without loosing sight of what is most important to them as followers of Christ. They knew their priority was the preaching of the word of God, and they did not allow this new challenge that came up to make them lose sight of that fact. They handled the situation that came up nicely, without compromising their ministry of preaching. They knew that preaching the word of God was more important than serving the tables, and worthy men were appointed to take care of the service of the table.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, this is our reality today in the world. There are so many voices calling for our attention in the world, and we must be mindful of what we do, lest we make the wrong decision and lose sight of what truly matters most in our life. It would have been a major set back for the ministry if the twelve decided to attend to the complaint of the people, by doing the service of the table and neglecting the preaching of the word of God.

Dearly beloved in Christ, this is one of the reasons why we must always pray for the wisdom from above, to guide us in all the decisions that we make in our lives. Sometimes our human intelligence is not enough, we need the wisdom of God to help us make the right decision and choice. When the right decision is made in any given situation, the outcome gives us reasons to thank and appreciate God. We see it clearly in the 1st reading of today, we are told that the number of followers multiplied in Jerusalem and the word of God increased. This happened because the complaint that was raised was properly handled, and it was accepted by the people.

In the gospel reading of today, Jesus walks on the see to meet with the Apostles. He continues to show himself to his Apostles and strengthen their faith. My brothers and sisters in Christ, this is the same God that we serve, he has not changed. The God that did so many wonderful things and today shows himself to the Apostles by walking on water. Trust in him and present that storm in your life, that has brought you so much pain and tears. He has the power to change the narrative of your life and give you gladness for grief. It is never too late to take that decision today and give God a chance in your life. May almighty God bless his words in your heart, in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit. Amen. Peace be with you.

Saturday of the 2nd week of Easter year A, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp