May 13, Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter
Daily Readings: Acts 13:26-33; Gospel John 14:1-6
Indeed, being a witness is not an easy task. But one thing is sure: God will never abandon us. The grace of God will sustain our faith. This belief must be shared with others.
We are constantly asked to serve – give communion, read the readings, lead the people in song, Livestream the Mass, or collect donations – and "walk the talk" of the Gospel in the parish where I serve. When we get home from church, we shouldn't have a personality change. But unfortunately, once we leave the church, we frequently transform into someone else.
I believe it is the same when we are called to be witnesses of the Gospel. Witnessing entails not only memorizing prayers and Bible verses but inspiring others to believe in Jesus' death and resurrection. Jesus appeared to them because He desired them to be witnesses to his resurrection and to tell the world about it.
San Lorenzo Ruiz, San Pedro Calungsod, the saints, and martyrs were all offered an easy way out simply by ceasing to be witnesses and abandoning their faith. On the other hand, they chose to be witnesses to God, even to death.
It makes me think that being a witness can also mean being brave when sharing the good news in a world where most people don't believe it.
But we shouldn't be concerned because, first and foremost, Jesus assured us, just as he assured his disciples: "Do not let your hearts be troubled." You have faith in God; have faith also in me. " When Thomas expressed his doubts, the Lord assured him, "I am the way and the truth and the life." No one comes to the Father except through me. "
Indeed, being a witness is not an easy task. But one thing is sure: He will never leave us. Although it may not appear so at times, our faith will sustain us through God's grace. We need to share this faith.
Lord, as witnesses to your Word, we may stumble along the way, but we keep our faith in You, which will keep us moving forward as witnesses. May we bring those in pain, hopeless, doubtful, or lost back to You.
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