May 7, Thursday — Sent and Received

Thursday of the 4th Week of Eastertide

Acts 13:13-25
John 13:16-20

“…whoever welcomes the one I send welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.”

This is a funny time in the world right now. Funny, not in the sense of humour, but in the sense of not able to make sense of it all. Social media is flowing with phrases like ‘social isolation’, ‘we are in it together’ or ‘being alone together’. I am confused by these sayings, and more so the sentiments from which they came. Perhaps it is because I see people are taking serious precautions, some maybe going a little overboard at times; while some people are not taking the pandemic seriously at all.  

Regardless of where you and I stand on this issue, the bigger issue is how and where do we stand when asked if we receive Jesus and His teachings. Do we accept Jesus and His teachings, and ultimately the one Who sent Him? Do we accept the ones that Jesus sent to us or do we reject them? In one of the online homilies from our parish, the parish priest was recounting a conversation he had with a parishioner. Prior to the coronavirus crisis, the parishioner was invited to the upcoming faith study program and the Alpha program. He jokingly answered, he will leave that to his family. When we reject the ones that Jesus sent to our lives, we reject the opportunities to get to know Christ better, we inadvertently reject Jesus and the Father who sent Him.  

Sometimes, the significant events are not so apparent, they could look like inconveniences rather than opportunities. But we need to learn to see as Jesus does, not as the world sees. Sometimes, Jesus sends us someone who is in need to teach us love and humility. Sometimes, Jesus sends us someone who is learned to teach us wisdom. We should keep our hearts and minds open to every opportunity that Christ has generously offered to us to become closer to Him and the Father.  

(Today’s OXYGEN by Winnie Kung)

Prayer:  Dear Jesus, grant us the wisdom to recognize every opportunity to get to know You and the Father better. Help us to maintain an open heart and open mind to all that comes from You.

Thanksgiving: Heavenly Father, thank you for loving us, for sending Your only Son to save us and never giving up on us, even when we are obstinate in our ways.

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