Grace to you and Happy Easter season!
Yesterday, I shared a lesson about strengthening one another in faith. Today, I reflect on the blessings of being Christ to others, an awesome gift for any true believer.
Before the Lord offered to the Father the sacrifice of his life for us on the cross, he mentored the disciples on how they too would be his witnesses. We read the Lord speak to them about how anyone who loves him and obeys his word would be God’s special child. Not only would the Lord continue to love the person, the Lord, the Father and the Holy Spirit would reveal Godself to the person.
The Lord says: “Those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them” (Jn 14:21—NRSV).
He continues: “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them….The Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.” (Jn 14:23, 25-26, NRSV).
Pause for a while and reflect on the blessings of God revealing Godself to you and making a home with you. It is amazing grace, isn’t it?
This promise is fulfilled in the early Church as it continues to be fulfilled today in the lives of true believers. In the case of Saint Paul during his first missionary journey, Christ revealed himself to him in his words and actions.
Take for example, his witness of life in Lystra. (Lystra at the time was a small frontier, created by the Roman emperor. It is said to be located in the present-day Turkey). Saint Paul’s words became life giving, and his presence was revealing of the divine.
Saint Paul’s words as one to whom Christ has revealed himself carried on the same power of the Risen Lord. He spoke to a cripple who was listening. There was power behind the word so as to bring life to the stifled muzzles and dead cells. There is life, abundant life in the words of anyone in whom Christ lives. There is power, resurrection power manifested through the actions of the true believer. I see this around me. I witness it in churches and religious activities where faith is alive. God goes on working in the life of true believers.
The local people (from Lystra), who weren’t exposed to such manifestation of divine life in human persons mistook Paul and Barnabas as gods. The locals couldn’t believe that humans could be channels of divine healing and grace. They couldn’t comprehend that Christ goes on working in the hearts and minds, words and actions of true believers.
As the locals, so are those who do not see and perceive that God goes on working today in the lives of true believers. As the locals, there are the so-called believers who doubt if Christ lives on in the Church today, in his body and its members.
The Lord has promised, and his word is true: “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the Father” (Jn 14:12).
I hope that you as a believer hold on to these words of the Lord. I hope you continue to be—by the grace of the Holy Spirt—the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. As another Christ where you live, bring healing to the wounded. Reveal hope to the depressed. Bring comfort to the sorrowful. Be the Lord’s shalom.
I pray we remain God’s hands with which He continues to do good in the world in which we live.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Monday Easter Week 5: Acts 14:5-18; Jn 14:21-26]
Author and Goal
Father Maurice Emelu Ph.D., provides a daily blog of reflections based on the Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. The goal is to teach, inspire, encourage, and foster healing through the grace of God's word. They are written in a language that is appropriate for a general audience. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration, and developing your thoughts. They may also be useful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.