Saturday 19 April 2014

6th Sunday of Easter Year A

Supposing one day you receive a letter and in that letter you discover that you had won a prize for a competition you had participated and had forgotten about. How would you feel? Surely you would want to tell your family members and close friends. Or supposing you are a woman and you have been trying for quite a while to conceive, and one fine day you do a pregnancy test and discover that the result is positive, and later confirm the result with the doctor. What would your reaction be? Surely you can't wait to share the joy with your husband and loved ones.

Good news is not meant to be kept to ourselves. Often we would be happy and eager to share good news with others and invite them to rejoice with us. But what about the Good News of Jesus Christ? All of us, regardless whether we are priests, religious, or lay people, are called and sent forth to preach the Good News. In today's first reading, we see how Philip took action and went to Samaria to preach the Good News, while working many miracles there. As a result, "the people united in welcoming the message Philip preached, either because they had heard of the miracles he worked or because they saw them for themselves." In today's second reading, we are are reminded to "always have your answer ready for people who ask you the reason for the hope that you all have. But give it with courtesy and respect and with a clear conscience..."

The question is this: Are we eager and gung-ho in going forth to preach the Good News? Are we not aware that we should be missionaries of Christ wherever we are and in whatever circumstances we are in? Do we expect only certain folks like our religious and priests to do the work and we take things easy? Being Christian is certainly not easy, and preaching the Good News is also not so easy or straightforward. We may face many obstacles and suffering. However, let us trust in God's help and as the second reading tells us: "if anyone of you should suffer for being a Christian, then he is not to be ashamed of it; he should thank God that he has been called one." Are you happy and proud to be a Chrisian, and full of zeal to go forth and preach the Good News?

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