05 April 2020: Change

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Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Acts,11:19-26, Jn,10:22-30

“A great number who believed turned to the Lord” (Acts, 11:21). These days the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles narrates to us the faith spread that was taking place during the early Christian period. Many believed in the Lord and as a consequence experienced a revival and newness in life. The reading proposes us to do two things in life.

Firstly, it is to allow the Lord to work in our life. During an ordination sermon, Bishop Peter Machado (Bangalore) said, ‘allow the Lord to use you, without consulting you.’ Similar thing happened in the life of early Christians. When they opened themselves and allowed the Lord to work in their lives, people experienced marvels in their lives. It brought about changes in their life.

Secondly, what is important is to accept the changes that take place in life. A genuine factor in all of us is that we long to experience change from what we are to newness. But often never feel comforted in the new shoes to which we have stepped into. ‘Change’ sometimes seems to be weird. Dean Jackson writes, “When she transformed into a butterfly, the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty, but of her weirdness. They wanted her to change back into what she always had been.” This is exactly what happens to us; when ‘doors of changes’ open in our lives, it might seem to be weird but in reality they lead us to newness. May all of us be blessed with the wisdom and assistance of the Holy Spirit, to allow the Lord work in us and hold firm to the changes in life.

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