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Dying and Rising

May 3, Wednesday, 4th Week of Easter
Feast of Saints Philip and James, Apostles
Daily Readings: 1st Reading – 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Gospel – John 14:6-14

The readings continue to reveal the truth that Jesus truly died for our sins; he was buried and raised from the dead on the third day by the scriptures. There is a lot of evidence that Jesus was raised from the dead, for he appears to his apostles and other disciples. These incidents spread out in different parts of the world.

The responsorial psalms speak of “their message going out through all the earth." People heard what happened to Jesus, and it was spread all over the earth, and people were converted and believed in Jesus.

Our gospel for today speaks of the oneness of the Father and the Son and that the Father is in the Son and the Son is with the Father. It is emphasized that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, and that no one comes to the Father except through him.

In our lives, how many times do we die with all the problems and challenges that we encounter? Do we allow ourselves to be buried in the depths of these problems, or do we try to recover by finding a solution? As human beings, it is a reality that we don’t remain buried in these problems because we've tried to rise again and pick up the scattered pieces of our lives. Often, we cling to God for his help. In times of crisis, we turn to our God because we know that we will only survive this problem through Him.

We come to God to ask for help because we know the truth: only God can make a way to address those problems and challenges so that our life continues to prosper and go back to its ordinary course. The truth is that through Jesus, we can recover from these challenges and trials in life because he is always there to catch us if we fall and to carry us if we cannot make it anymore. It is Jesus who sends people to help us stand up once again because Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.

Lord Jesus,  help our hearts to truly believe that you are the way, the truth, and the life and that we cannot go to the Father except through you. Amen


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