Do not Be Afraid! Be Washed in the Blood

FRIDAY: Fourth Week of Easter

Acts 13:26-33/Ps.2:6-11/Jn.14:1-6

Do not Be Afraid! Be Washed in the Blood

When Jesus uttered "I am Way, the Truth and the Life (Jn.14:6)," he publicly declared himself as the ideal model of humility and obedience worthy of emulation. In this threefold statement, Jesus summarized every passage in the scripture and the prophets that were pertinent to him. He also defined our relationship with him here on earth and in the world to come. Simultaneously it was a warning to his disciples: overlook the scandal of his cross, the atrocities of his passion and concentrate on joining him in the kingdom at the appointed time.

Faith, discipleship and Christian stewardship, together, are challenging. They dare us to rise beyond the fears of persecution and death and concentrate on life in the world to come - meanwhile, wash our whole being, white in the blood of the Lamb (Rev.7:14-17; 22:14). Put differently, Jesus predicted and prepared the disciples for the waves of the early Christian persecutions that would follow after his Ascension into heaven. Thus, they needed to confront the task of evangelizing the people God courageously believing that Christ has conquered the world (Jn.16:33). Faith and fearlessness will win us our inheritance in heaven (Jn.14:1-6).

Jesus and Paul, in today's Liturgy of the Word, are towering examples of the quality of discipleship and Christian stewardship, God is calling us in Christ Jesus to do the same. Let us imitate them; let us breathe new life into the Church and the hearts of believers.

Lord, I will follow you. Lead me.

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