8 May, Sunday – Role Model in Faith

4th Sunday of Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday)

Acts 13:14,43-52
Apo 7:9,14-17
Jn 10:27-30

Thus the word of the Lord spread through the whole countryside.

The role of the Christian is called to evangelise to the people around them. This does not mean going out to a stranger to share with them the Gospel, although if that is a suitable way to reach out to them, then one could consider using it. However, in order to be good people of evangelisation, we will need to have good role models which we can draw examples from. The readings of today show us the traits of a role model which we can emulate.

The apostles in the first reading were very happy to have heard the Word of God and diligently shared the word with the people in the world. They continued to spread the word to the non-Jewish community. God’s salvation is not limited only to one group of people, but is extended to the entire world. This means that we will need to continue to spread the word of God to the people in the world who matter to us. Sometimes we can share the faith with the Christian community who are living in our midst. Fellow Christians also need reminders to know of why God is needed in their lives. The faith journey which they are in could be at a low point – they might need some encouragement in order to push themselves out of the situation they are in.

Jesus reminds us that His sheep know Him. To know Christ requires us to spend time in reading the
Bible and also to spend time in prayer. Only by being in contact with God can we learn how to trust
in His plan for us. The world we live in is one which keeps us occupied and distracted from being in
touch with God. We need to constantly be in touch with God to discover what He wants from us.
God is the role model which we should emulate and this will definitely allow us to discover the plan
which He has in store for us.

(Today’s OXYGEN by Nicholas Chia)

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we pray that we remain faithful to the message of love which you have
preached.

Thanksgiving: We give thanks for all who continue to show the way to Heaven.

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