A reading from the Acts of the Apostles
Saul, still breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord,
went to the high priest and asked him
for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, that,
if he should find any men or women who belonged to the Way,
he might bring them back to Jerusalem in chains.
On his journey, as he was nearing Damascus,
a light from the sky suddenly flashed around him.
He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him,
“Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”
He said, “Who are you, sir?”
The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.
Now get up and go into the city and you will be told what you must do.”
The men who were traveling with him stood speechless,
for they heard the voice but could see no one.
Saul got up from the ground,
but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing;
so they led him by the hand and brought him to Damascus.
For three days he was unable to see, and he neither ate nor drank.
There was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias,
and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.”
He answered, “Here I am, Lord.”
The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight
and ask at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul.
He is there praying,
and in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias
come in and lay his hands on him,
that he may regain his sight.”
But Ananias replied,
“Lord, I have heard from many sources about this man,
what evil things he has done to your holy ones in Jerusalem.
And here he has authority from the chief priests
to imprison all who call upon your name.”
But the Lord said to him,
“Go, for this man is a chosen instrument of mine
to carry my name before Gentiles, kings, and children of Israel,
and I will show him what he will have to suffer for my name.”
So Ananias went and entered the house;
laying his hands on him, he said,
“Saul, my brother, the Lord has sent me,
Jesus who appeared to you on the way by which you came,
that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
Immediately things like scales fell from his eyes
and he regained his sight.
He got up and was baptized,
and when he had eaten, he recovered his strength.
He stayed some days with the disciples in Damascus,
and he began at once to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues,
that he is the Son of God.
From the Gospel according to John
The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying,
“How can this man give us his Flesh to eat?”
Jesus said to them,
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink his Blood,
you do not have life within you.
Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood
has eternal life,
and I will raise him on the last day.
For my Flesh is true food,
and my Blood is true drink.
Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood
remains in me and I in him.
Just as the living Father sent me
and I have life because of the Father,
so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me.
This is the bread that came down from heaven.
Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died,
whoever eats this bread will live forever.”
These things he said while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.
May 6, 2022
FRIDAY III WEEK Easter
The Real God’ Word
Dear Community of God’s People,
Jesus taught the people in the synagogue, He said: “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day”; and: “Just as the living Father sent me, and as I live because of the Father, so also he who eats me will live through me”.
God the Father is the self-existent, self-existent One, the Eternal One. The promise of God the Father is fulfilled through the words of Jesus Christ: “Whoever comes to God the Father must never die.” Those who accept the very Body and Blood of Jesus Christ will have Jesus to be with, have God dwell in their hearts, and in them, they will have eternal life. But those who do not believe in Jesus Christ’s Word, which says, “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood will have eternal life,” they do not receive eternal life. Those disbelievers, who rebelled against Jesus Christ, accused Him of blasphemy. They think that Jesus Christ is a mortal, fleshly man, but dare to profess that: “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life.” The beginning of this belief comes from God the Father himself, who is eternal.
God the Father loves everyone, and draws everyone to the Father, but man has the freedom to respond or not to answer God’s call: to believe in His love, to believe in his word. God the Father’s promise is to send His Son to earth to become a man, to die to atone for man’s sins, and to bring him Eternal Life. The belief that God the Father teaches man is still continuing, and present in this earthly life. He has always opened his arms wide, accepting all creatures who believe in the love of God the Father, and who believe in the love of God the Father, they will be free from the life of sin, the life of the world to return to be reconciled to God the Father, have God in his womb and have eternal life.
Thanks be to God. Amen.
God bless you and peace be with you!