Friday of the Second Week of Easter

Acts 5:34-42 | Ps. 27:1, 4, 13-14 | John 6:1-15

Jesus takes pity on the crowd that has followed him and invites them to sit down. He then breaks bread, and the fish, bless them, and distributes them. All eat and the apostles collect twelve baskets of fragments at the end of the meal. All are amazed and want to proclaim Jesus as king. But Jesus, slips away because he knows that this is not the will of the Father. The apostles are fearless when standing before the Sanhedrin. Gamaliel, a Pharisee, reminds the Sanhedrin that this group will fail if they are not from God but if they are, then nothing will be able to stop them. So the apostles are flogged and released. The apostles rejoice that they have been able to suffer for Christ. It is as if the Word and the life of Christ shed for them has changed them forever.

How does the Word of Christ resonate with you? Have you allowed this Word that you have heard and the Bread of Christ which you have shared to touch you? Spend time with Christ and these readings. Allow yourself time to be touched deeply. Let Christ become the center of your life and of all you do.

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