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21 April 2021

Reading and meditation on the Word of God on Wednesday of the 3rd week of Easter, April 21, 2021


This is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son will obtain eternal life. Reading and meditation on the Word of God on Wednesday of the 3rd week of Easter, April 21, 2021. Reading is delivered by Felicia and meditation delivered by Odiri Meggison (they are from the Church Santa Maria Ratu Blok Q in Jakarta, Indonesia. Acts of the Apostles 8: 1b-8; Rs psalm 66: 1-3a.4-5.6-7a; John 6: 35-40.

SEEING LIFE AND SEEING DEATH

The theme for our meditation today is: Seeing Life and Seeing Death. When the Lord Jesus explained and taught about Himself as the bread of life, He emphasized an act of faith which wis very important to be seen and pondered upon. He said in this way: “This is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son may have eternal life”. Why is seeing an important attitude or act of faith? Because similar with other actions such as hearing, touching, feeling, seeing is the beginning of the process to have knowledge of faith.

Through seeing, someone is drawn and encouraged for a choice. Jesus leads us to choose Himself as the bread of life that gives us all satisfaction for our lives. Resources for our satisfaction are not just pleasures from this world such as joy, comfort, prosperity, and getting refreshed. He gives us assurance which is much higher and certainly the goal of all those called to follow Him. He reminds all of us that through seeing, believing, and coming to Him, we will not be let in vain. Every follower of Christ is counted to possess a proper place in the Kingdom that is ruled by Jesus Christ.

He spoke of Himself when he said that seeing the Son actually means seeing life. The bread of life indeed sustains our life. In this world we have life of body and soul by keeping and wearing all the blessings of God. His Word becomes food for all believers. After our deaths and as we proceed to leave this world, the process that leads us forward and the goal that we will achieve is no other that the eternal life, the dwelling place of the Lord. This is totally in contrary with seeing death itself. Everything is this world that worries, frightens, destroys, and threatens our lives as individuals and together, should be categorized as the reality of death.

On this world, we see various deaths caused by sins and the culture of death created. The heinous and brutal persecution of Christians of the early Church is one of the realities of this world for describing an act of seeing life and seeing death. For the Jews and especially Saul, all their eyes were obsessed with death. After the murder of Saint Stephen, their views were filled with violence and evil, therefore, what they were looking for was the death of those whom they wanted to destroy, the Christians. On the other hand, Saint Stephen himself had already seen a new life. The apostles, disciples, and members of the early Church had also seen a new life, even though they were constantly under persecutions. They truly saw how faith that endures all kinds of suffering and trials is actually a blessedness in this life. This is what the Lord Jesus had promised for all of us about our eternal life in heaven.

Let’s pray. In the name of the Father … O Lord Jesus and our great Master, may we always see Your glory in this life and follow Your way in our journey of faith. Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with you … In name of the Father …

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