In the first reading from Acts 2:42-47, it may initially read as some utopian or even socialist life, however the message that I received from it was simplicity of heart and true love for your brother. When you have a deep, true love for your neighbor, your brother in Christ, you would naturally feel slightly guilty if you were living a grand life while he is suffering or living e meager life. The distribution of property and possessions reflects simply that. According to one’s needs (i.e. the size of the family, craft or trade, etc.) the material possessions would be distributed – for the greater good of all.
Today’s second reading, from 1 Peter 1:3-9, speaks to me in a simple way. It speaks to me of God’s immense love for each of us – and now as a father I feel that I have a glimpse of the kind of love that God has for us.
Furthermore, the second reading talks about how precious our faith is – more precious than gold. And how it will be tested – as gold is tested by fire – and although difficult, this time of trials that we will experience is but a short while. Our sufferings are as praise and glory to our revelation of Jesus Christ.
Today’s gospel, from John 20:19-31, speaks to me in two-fold. The first is in reference to how Jesus went to the Apostles – even through locked doors. There is nothing that can hold back or stand between Jesus’ immeasurable love for us. If we invite him (in our hearts) he is there. Nothing that we have ever done, or nothing that we have ever said or thought in the past will be able to keep our Lord away – as long as we repent and invite Him into our hearts.
The second message is directly related to our blessed Church which Christ instituted with Peter and in this reading where he instituted the bishop-hood… where Jesus sends the Apostles as God had sent Him.
Look up how many times God breathed on man. From what I understand, this is one of two times in the whole bible. Not an insignificant event. This was a pivotal moment in the Church’s foundational moments…
Be assured that you are part of something amazing that Christ has blessed us with. His Church. In the last lines of the scripture, it is pointed out that Jesus did many things that were not written as well – therefore the oral tradition within the Church comes into play. Oh how blessed I feel.
The overall take-away and homework for this week:
Love my brother more. Be selfless in my actions and grow in my relationship with God the father and Christ the son, through my… through our blessed, blessed, blessed Church…