Audio Readings April 22, 2014 Tuesday within the Octave of Easter

Psalm 33:4-5, 18-20, 22;Acts 2:36-41;John 20:11-18

The promise is made to you and to your children and to all those far off. (Acts 2:39)

Imagine you had a friend who was always true to his word. When he said he would help you out, you could be confident that he would be there, steady as a rock. Well, you do have a friend like this: your heavenly Father. He is perfectly faithful in all his ways. And he is completely committed to you.

When Peter spoke to the crowd on the day of Pentecost, he assured them that they were heirs of God’s promise, just as the disciples were. Having come from all over the world to Jerusalem to worship in the Temple, they were clearly “far off” (Acts 2:39). But that distance was no obstacle to God. Just so, we too are far off—separated by the march of time, not the stretch of miles—and that distance is no obstacle, either.

The promise is for you! Today and every day. This year and every year. It never fades. It never diminishes. Salvation is yours. So too is the promise of God’s presence, his guidance, and his consolation. So too is the call to follow him and to imitate him. And so too is the assurance that the Holy Spirit will give you every grace and blessing you need to fulfill this great call. God’s faithfulness means that he will always do everything he promised to do. No sin, no circumstance, no darkness can deter him.

How should we respond to this awesome truth? With praise and thanksgiving, of course! But how about a little curiosity as well? Take some time today to do a little Bible study. Choose any Gospel passage you want, and try to identify some of God’s promises that are embedded in it. Look either for promises he makes in this passage, or for promises of his that are being fulfilled in it. If you want some hints, try reading the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5–7) or some of Jesus’ parables (Mark 4) or the story of Easter (John 20). As you do this study, keep reminding yourself that these promises are for you. They’re yours for the taking—each and every one of them!

“Father, I praise you for your faithfulness. May my heart always rest in the assurance of your love.”~WAU

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About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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