THE MISSION OF LOVE

Wednesday of the Fourth Week of EasterLectionary: 281


Reading 1 ACTS 12:24—13:5A
The word of God continued to spread and grow. 
After Barnabas and Saul completed their relief mission,

they returned to Jerusalem,

taking with them John, who is called Mark. 
Now there were in the Church at Antioch prophets and teachers:

Barnabas, Symeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene,

Manaen who was a close friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 

While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said,

“Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul

for the work to which I have called them.” 

Then, completing their fasting and prayer,

they laid hands on them and sent them off.
So they, sent forth by the Holy Spirit,

went down to Seleucia

and from there sailed to Cyprus. 

When they arrived in Salamis,

they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. 

Responsorial Psalm PS 67:2-3, 5, 6 AND 8
R. (4) O God, let all the nations praise you!

or:

R. Alleluia.

May God have pity on us and bless us;

may he let his face shine upon us.

So may your way be known upon earth;

among all nations, your salvation.

R. O God, let all the nations praise you!

or:

R. Alleluia.

May the nations be glad and exult

because you rule the peoples in equity;

the nations on the earth you guide.

R. O God, let all the nations praise you!

or:

R. Alleluia.

May the peoples praise you, O God;

may all the peoples praise you!

May God bless us,

and may all the ends of the earth fear him!

R. O God, let all the nations praise you!

or:

R. Alleluia.

Alleluia JN 8:12
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

I am the light of the world, says the Lord;

whoever follows me will have the light of life.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel JN 12:44-50
Jesus cried out and said,

“Whoever believes in me believes not only in me

but also in the one who sent me,

and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me.

I came into the world as light,

so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness. 

And if anyone hears my words and does not observe them,

I do not condemn him,

for I did not come to condemn the world but to save the world. 

Whoever rejects me and does not accept my words

has something to judge him: the word that I spoke,

it will condemn him on the last day,

because I did not speak on my own,

but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and speak. 

And I know that his commandment is eternal life. 

So what I say, I say as the Father told me.”

REFLECTION: THE MISSION OF LOVE

“May God bless us, and may all the ends of the earth fear Him!” –Psalm 67:8
Without believing in Jesus, we remain in the dark (Jn 12:46). If we don’t accept Jesus’ words, we are already under judgment, and we deprive ourselves of eternal life (Jn 12:47). If we don’t give our lives to Jesus, we continue to be “dead because of [our] sins and offenses” (Eph 2:1). Without Jesus, there is no hope (see Eph 2:12).
Therefore, let us pray for “the word of the Lord” to continue “to spread and increase” (Acts 12:24). Let us pray and fast together so that each one of us will be a witness and missionary for Jesus (see Acts 13:2-3). Let us pray for the Holy Spirit to speak to our local community to set apart missionaries to take the gospel of Jesus to all the nations (see Acts 13:2). May we back these missionaries with daily prayer, persevering service, and sacrificial giving.
Because we love Jesus and people, because life without Jesus is a preview of hell, and because life in Jesus is a taste of heaven, we all must be missionaries and every church must be missionary. Jesus’ last command to us before His Ascension was: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations” (Mt 28:19). In love, go now and make disciples.
PRAYER: Lord, “may Your way be known upon earth; among all nations, Your salvation” (Ps 67:3).

PROMISE: “I have come to the world as its light, to keep anyone who believes in Me from remaining in the dark.” –Jn 12:46

PRAISE: St. Damien loved and was loved by the “unlovable,” lepers exiled to a remote colony in Hawaii.

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