Monday of the 6th week of Easter year A

Theme: The Generosity of Lydia

In the 1st reading of today from the Acts of the Apostles, we are told about how the preaching of Paul touched Lydia and she was baptized, and she appealed to Paul and his companions to be a guest in her home. This her action is a great sign of thanksgiving and appreciation, for what God has used Paul to do in her life. Her attitude is one of our attributes as children of God, we are called to always live a life of appreciation and thanksgiving.

Dear friends in Christ, the big question that we need to answer today as children of God is, how appreciative are you to God and all those who have crossed your path at one time or the other? The more we can live our lives in thanksgiving, the easier it is for us to attract the blessings of God to ourselves and our families. One thing that is worthy of note is the fact that we will not loose anything when we appreciate the goodness of people towards us, it will rather help to expand our coast and attract Gods blessings towards us and everything that concerns us.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, it is pride when we cannot appreciate and thank those who have helped us in one way or the other, no matter how small we think their assistance to us is. Every good act from both God and one another, should be a source of thanksgiving from us. The more we appreciate the good of others towards us, the more we attract blessings towards ourselves, not just the blessings of God alone, but also the blessings of our brothers and sisters. The action of Lydia in todays 1st reading should be a source of great strength and encouragement to all of us as children of God.

In the gospel reading of today, the Lord continues to prepare his followers for his Ascension to his heavenly father, by assuring them that the father will send them the Advocate, the spirit of truth as a witness; just like they themselves are also his witness. This is an invitation to all of us as children of God, to witness to Christ in our words and deeds. This is exactly what Paul, and his companions did, that brought about the baptism of Lydia, through the power of the Holy Spirit. We are all encouraged today to contribute our quota towards the growth of the kingdom of God. 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.


Monday of the 6th week of Easter year A, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp