Thursday of the Third Week of Easter
Malvern Minute


Thursday of the Third Week of Easter

Deacon Anthony Cincotta

April 22, 2021

Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media, PA


Acts of the Apostles 8:26-40

Psalm 66:8-9, 16-17, 20

John 6:44-51


            God the Father continually draws us to Jesus through the Holy Spirit working in our hearts.  The very deepest yearning of our heart is for Communion with Jesus.  The more we allow the Spirit of God to convert us to Jesus, the more precious our faith becomes.  Soon we are able to say that our faith in Jesus is the very greatest gift God has given us.

            In today’s first reading from Acts, Phillip experienced this gift.  The gift was so overwhelmed him that he had to share it with others.  With a full heart he shared the Good News about Jesus with the Ethiopian eunuch.  For Phillip the Good News of the Gospel that is about “being raised up on the last day,” to everlasting life with Jesus must be shared.  Never had anyone been raised from the dead.  The Acts of the Apostles portrays the first Christian community as going throughout the land and proclaiming Christ’s resurrection and calling for belief in the Lord. 

            We have that same mission of proclaiming Christ in our world, a world that has lost the sense of the divine.  We are called as Christians to be forthright in our witness to Jesus.  Parents, grandparents and godparents must share this faith with their children.  I believe if we truly love our children we must share all that is precious to us with them.  If our faith is what is precious to us, it must be shared with them.  Each of us is called to witness in every appropriate way within our communities.  This gift of witnessing our belief in Jesus may actually be the most precious gift we eve give to a family member, a friend, or a co-worker.  It is a gift that will last a lifetime because it give a greater meaning for life.

            During this Easter Season, let us catch the excitement of that first Christian community and allow them to inspire us in sharing our faith as they shared theirs.

Question of the Day:  How will you proclaim the Good News of Jesus to others?

Prayer:  “Christ died for all, that those who live may live no longer for themselves, but for Him, who died for them and is risen, alleluia.”  2 Cor. 5:15


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