If You are Christ… 

Tuesday of the 4th Week of Easter; 9th May 2017.

It was the feast of the Dedication at Jerusalem; it was winter, and Jesus was walking in the templ, in the portico of Solomon. So the Jews gathered round Him and said to Him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are Christ, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness to me; but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them and they follow me; and I give them eternal life, and they shall not perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and Father are one.”

John 10:22-30

In the gospel reading of today, we see the Jews grow impatient towards Jesus. Impatient to the fact Christ refused to call Himself the Messiah by words. Impatient that He was taking so long to assume the throne and declare Himself King. But they failed to realize that He came for a greater purpose than to claim earthly kingship. He came to care, love, show mercy and give life. The more their eyes saw, the more their minds failed to believe, thus they didn’t understand and remained in suspense to Christ’s mission in their lives. 

Most times we fail to see the work of God in our lives and question His love for us His children. Sometimes we are blinded from seeing His good doings and we demand for words of assurance. We grow impatient and may go off on the wrong path cause we listened to the evil voices of the world. But Christ tells us that it begins not just by the word of God saying so, but by our belief in Him and the Good News He brings. We will never be in suspense once we know and believe that Jesus is the Risen Lord and if we listen to His voice everyday. We are guaranteed eternal life when we grow in knowledge of God and in followership of Jesus Christ.

It’s high time we removed the doubt out of the statement “If you are Christ…” and strengthen our belief well enough to proclaim “You are Christ”, and may the Almighty Father give us the grace to always listen to the voice of Jesus our Good Shepherd and believe in His abiding presence. 

Witnessing To The New Born King

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Memorial Of Saint Stephen
   You might wonder why after Christmas, after the day where joy, love and peace filled the atmosphere, after the day we made merriment and had fun, the readings just had to talk about persecution & martyrdom. Why? What does today’s readings have to do with Christmas anyways? We may ask ourselves. But a message of Christmas is found in the readings of today. It is called witnessing: witnessing to the Good News, witnessing to the joy of our salvation, witnessing to our Lord Jesus Christ even if it means being persecuted.
   The joy Christmas brings is too much to be bottled up within ourselves, it’s too contagious & so much spread like wildfire. Like Saint Stephen, we must tell: “Heavens have opened up for us, Love has come down & dwelt among us, the Son of the Most High made man who stands at the right hand of God has brought us blessings, He has brought us salvation.” For “He who endures to the end will be saved.” So rejoice. Say it loud. Say it proud. Be a witness for Christ. He is with you to the very end.

May we by the power of the Holy Spirit never be afraid to proclaim the Good News Christmas brings and stand up for our faith even in the face of persecution and martyrdom like Saint Stephen the first martyr did. Amen