Monday of the 3rd week of Easter

Acts 6: 8-15      John 6: 22-29

Theme: The wisdom of God

In the 1st reading of today from the Acts of the Apostles, we see how the words that came out from the mouth of St. Steven overwhelmed his people, and this led to their jealousy against him. Some of the people disputed what he said, just to discredit his teachings. When they realized that their plans to discredit him is not working according to their plans, they instigated the people against him. They did this by saying that he had committed blasphemy, by speaking words against their holy place and the law. All these accusations were raised against Steven because of their jealousy. This jealousy continued to drive them until they finally killed him. The question we all must reflect on today is, have there been moments in your life when you have discredited somebody else because you are jealous of their success or achievements in life?

This is exactly the situation that plays out in the 1st reading of today. It is very easy to condemn the action of the people, but we may just be doing something similar in our personal life. We are all encouraged today to support the good and progress of our brothers and sisters, instead of allowing envy and jealousy to becloud us. Everyone of us has been blessed by God in different ways. Celebrate with those who achieve success, and they will also celebrate with you when your time comes. Always remember that when we fight what God has given to others, we also fight God. We all know that one can fight God and come out victorious, why not align with God by celebrating and appreciating the success and victory of others.

In the gospel reading of today from St. John, the people went in search of Jesus after the feeding of the five thousand men, and Jesus pointed out the fact that they were not looking for him not because of the signs he did, but rather it is because of the loaves they ate. This also gives us something to reflect on today, why do you seek Jesus? Are you searching for him because you believe in his works, or are you searching for him because of the things you want to get from him? This is a very important question that we need to reflect on as individuals and followers of Christ. As you do this, 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 3rd week of Easter, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp