Tuesday of the 2nd week of Easter year A
Theme: The bond of love
In the 1st reading of today from the Acts of the Apostles, we see a wonderful bond that was amongst the followers of Christ. The people were concerned about each other’s welfare and were willing to give what they had for the common good of all. In view of this, those who had, presented it to the Apostles and they used it to help their members that were in need. The people were selfless, and because of that, there was love, joy, and unity among them. There was no need for bitterness and envy, like it is common amongst Christians in our own time. The lifestyle of the followers of Christ in the Acts of the Apostles, is a model for discipleship. Thus, we are all encouraged today to emulate them in the practice of our faith in God. There is no room for greed, envy, gossip, and jealousy in their midst. Remember, these are all works of darkness and as children of the light, it should have no place in our lives.
My brothers and sisters in Christ, this bond of love that we see in the Acts of the Apostle, will easily attract people to the group faster than the words they speak. Let people know who we are by our way of life, not because we told them who we are, Christians. We were told in todays 1st reading that they were united, and they all preached about the resurrection of Christ with courage. We have a lot to learn from the early Christians, if we truly want to impact positively in the lives of those who encounter us and, in the world, at large. Let your words always accompany your actions. It is the easiest way to sell Christ and Christianity to the world. The early Christians practiced it, and it gave rise to the spread of Christianity that we have today, all over the world. It is now left for all of us as Christians in our own time to continue the witnessing for Christ that was handed over to us from the time of the Apostles. Simply put, the generosity of the early Christian community is worthy of emulation.
The admonition from the 1st reading of today, is saying something to all of us as children of God. Let us take some time out to reflect on the quality of our discipleship. What type of fruits are you bearing through your way of life? May the Lord grant us the grace for a generous and selfless life, in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit. Amen. Peace be with you.