Daily Reflection
May 11th, 2000
Richard Hauser, S.J.
Theology Department
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Acts 8:26-40
Psalms 66:8-9, 16-17, 20
John 6:44-51

"No one can come to me unless drawn by the Father who sent me; and I will raise that person up on the last day."

The Father continually draws us to Jesus through the Holy Spirit working in our hearts.  The very deepest yearning of our heart is for communion with Jesus.  The more we allow the Spirit to convert us to Jesus, the more precious our faith becomes.  Soon we are able to say that our faith in Jesus is the very greatest gift God has given us.

Philip experienced this gift.  This gift so overwhelmed him that he had to share it with others, and so with a full heart he shared the good news about Jesus with the Ethiopian eunuch.  For Philip the good news of the Gospel -- the good news about "being raised up on the last day" to everlasting life with Jesus -- must be shared; never had anyone been raised from the dead.  The Acts of the Apostles portrays the first Christian community as going throughout the land and proclaiming Christ's resurrection and calling for belief in the Lord.

We today have the same mission of proclaiming Christ in our world, a world that has lost the sense of the divine.  We are called as Christians to be forthright in our witness to Jesus.  Parents must share this faith with their children.  I am always sadden when parents tell me they do not share faith with their children because they want their children to chose their own faith without parental influence when they become adults.  If we love our children we share all that is precious to us with them.  If our faith is precious to us, it must be shared with them.  And so each of us is called to witness in every appropriate way within our communities.  This gift of witnessing our belief in Jesus may actually be the most precious gift we ever give to a family member, a friend, or a co-worker.  It is a gift that lasts a lifetime because it gives meaning for life.

During this Easter Season, let's catch the excitement of that first Christian community and allow them to inspire us in sharing our faith as they shared theirs.

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