Wednesday within the Octave of Easter year A

Theme: Power in the name of Jesus

In the 1st reading of today from the Acts of the Apostles, we see the power in the name of Jesus. The lame man was expecting that Peter and John will give him money, just like all those who go into the Temple. But they gave him something that was greater than the money he was expecting from them. They gave him what they had, Jesus Christ and his health was restored immediately. What they gave him cannot be bought with money, only faith in God can make it possible. Can you as a person relate with the 1st reading of today? Sometimes we are requesting for something from God, and he gives us something different and better than what we were requesting for at the beginning.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, God knows what is always best for us and he is always willing to give us the best too, just be patient and learn to trust in his process and you will never be disappointed. The challenge we have sometimes is that we have a fixed mindset about our request from God, and anything different from that is not appreciated by some of us. Our source of great strength should always be that God will never lead us astray or give us anything that will destroy us. That is why the word of God says, that “His desire for us is good and not evil”, he is still the same and has not changed.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, there is power in the name of Jesus. It can set us free from the challenges of life, it can restore us, it can do a lot of wonderful things in the lives of all those who make use of it in faith. The power in the name of Jesus have set so many people free from different type of health challenges and bondage.

In the gospel reading of today we see Jesus strengthening the faith of his followers in the resurrection, as he continues to appear to them in different ways, by opening their eyes at the breaking of bread. He accompanied two of his disciples on their way to Emmaus, and they recognized him at the breaking of bread. Each time we partake of the table of the Lord and Christ reveals himself to you, what does it mean for you as a person? May the Lord bless his words in our hearts in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit. Amen. Peace be with you.

Wednesday within the octave of Easter year A, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp