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Engaging the Word: April 12, 2015


1st Reading: Acts 4: 32-35
Responsorial: Psalms 118: 2-4, 13-15, 22-24
2nd Reading: 1 John 5: 1-6
Gospel: John 20: 19-31

This week’s gospel reading reminds us of the importance of faith. How many times are we like Thomas, refusing to believe the power of God until we see with our own eyes? But, the power of God will reveal itself if we have faith and follow Jesus, God’s Son and Messenger.
Now, the first reading gives us an idea of what it was like to follow Jesus in the early days of Christianity. By giving up any claims to possessions, there were no longer any of them in need. They saw the truth– their apparent possessions were a gift from God meant to be shared. Going further, their gifts and talents were a gift from God meant to be shared. They were a true community, selling even their homes for those in need. To-day, we can continue to follow Jesus by giving up our possessions and gifts to him and vow to share them with those in needs.
The second reading makes the statement that keeping God’s commandments are not burdensome. This may seem strange to us as we struggle to follow the Law of God. But, the good news through Jesus is that God is always willing to accept us even with our flaws. So, even when we step out of God’s love, we can step back in. Thus, we need only to commit to God and living the commandments will naturally follow. They are not burdensome but natural to one who follows Jesus.

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