This week I have been reflecting on two of my favorite sections of the Bible. I call them the sixes and they help me focus on how many blessings I have received from God.
First is Acts 6. We read about the ordination of the first deacons. Then we hear about the zeal of St. Steven as he proclaim the good news of Jesus. Today we hear about the Deacon Phillip who explains the scriptures to the Ethiopian Eunuch and then baptizes him. While the first deacons were ordained to distribute food to the widows, we see they can’t contain themselves from proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ. How blessed I am to be a Deacon and proclaim him today.
The second six is John 6. This is the fantastic discourse when Jesus tells us that he is the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. How blessed we are as Catholics to have his living presence in the Eucharist with us always. How blessed I am to be a Catholic and be able to receive him in the Eucharist.
During the 50 days of the Easter season, let us rejoice that the Lord comes to me, especially in the Eucharist. It is the Lord who takes the initiative and blesses me with his presence. I simply need to open myself up to receive his presence, to enjoy it, and to give thanks to God that I’m Catholic !
St. Joseph, pray for us !
DeColores, Deacon Doug