Friday of the 3rd week of Easter year A

Theme: Another chance

The 1st reading of today from the Acts of the Apostle, presents to us the encounter between Saul and God. He persecuted the church and the followers of Christ very seriously. On his way to continue his persecution of Christians, he had an encounter with God that changed his life completely. A situation that shows us the depth of God love for his people. He never gives up on any one of us, irrespective of our way of life. We see that in the encounter Saul had with him on his way to Damascus. With God anybody deserves another chance. The Saul that was a torn on the followers of Christ, is the Paul we celebrate today in Christendom. God never makes mistake about the choices and decisions he make about anyone of us. Even when we write people off, God never writes anyone off. That is why we must always trust in the mercy of God and never come to the point when we think that God will not come to our aid. St. Paul worked zealously for the church of Christ after his conversion, more than he did before his conversion.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, the conversion of St. Paul presents us an invitation to give other people a chance, especially when they have wronged us in one way or the other or have lived a life that was not pleasing to us. Today’s 1st reading is encouraging us to show such people love and welcome them back gladly into our life. You will be surprised at the impact your love will make in their life, especially when they know they do not merit the love that you are showing them. Jesus used this method at different times in the scriptures, and we see the great impact it made in the lives of the people involved; just like the woman that was caught in adultery, the change was like that of St. Paul. God does not condemn anyone of us, he rather gives another chance to make the desired change in our life.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, This brings me to a very important question for all of us, if God does not condemn us, what right do you have to condemn another person? On a day like this, it is important that we make out time to reflect about this issue, especially in relation to those we have classified as sinners. We are all encouraged today, to be people of another chance, just like Jesus and we will be richly blessed; remember that we are all in need of Gods mercy. May almighty God bless you in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit. Amen. Peace be with you.

Friday of the 3rd week of Easter year A, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp