Saturday 9th May 2020
Fourth week of Easter
Acts 13:44-52, John 14:7-14
Have you ever out of excitement, discussed what is very important with your family and friends and they did not take you serious? Have you been despised by those who know you while trying to tell them what is true and worthwhile? Jesus t6 us in Luke 4:24, that prophets are not respected among their own people and friends and those who are close to them. It is usually among people who are far from you that you gain your relevance, respect and honour. As St Paul was converted to the faith, he thought it was better for him to start his evangelism among his own people who are fellow Jews.
It is obvious in the first reading of today that Paul was not accepted by his people, they even regarded him an enemy of the Jewish religion. This was what made Paul to turn to the Gentiles and he proclaimed the word of God to them.
Many of us do not accept the truth because it is coming from someone we know. As the saying goes, God works in miraculous ways. Paul became the Apostle through whom the gospel of Christ would reach all of us. God can always work with whoever he chooses, we may not like the person or the way he/she works, but we should never disregard people because of our closeness to them. Many people have missed their blessings on account of looking down on others. God help us to recognize his power at work at all times. Amen.
Fr Michael Osatofoh Eninlejie MSP