Easter 3rd Week, Thursday, Apr 30

Acts 8:26-48 / John 6:44-51 
Jesus talks about the Father: “Only the Son has seen the Father.”

A college student said to his theology professor, “I cannot believe in God any longer.” The professor stunned the student by saying, “Maybe I should congratulate you for no longer believing in God.” “What do you mean by that?” said the student. His professor replied, “Perhaps the idea of God that you have in your mind is so distorted that you should reject it.”
The professor’s remark underscores an important point. Oftentimes the God whom people reject is not the true God, but merely a subjective caricature of him that exists nowhere but in their mind. If we are to discover the true God, we must turn to Jesus Christ.
What is our idea or image of God? Jesus said, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.” John 14:9
The power of attraction is an amazing thing. It goes beyond logic and reason. From simple attractions like sales and bargains to the infatuation and attraction between opposite sexes, the whys and the hows are difficult to explain. Yet the power of attraction is there and it cannot be denied and in a certain sense it cannot be easily understood.
In the gospel, Jesus speaks of an awesome and mysterious power of attraction. If we believe in Jesus, it is because the power of God has drawn us to Him. Indeed, it was the power of God's love that has drawn our hearts to Jesus and to come to this Mass to receive Him in Holy Communion. As we heard in the 1st reading, it was also the power of God's love that drew the eunuch to request for baptism. 

Jesus said: No one can come to me unless he is drawn by the Father who sent me. By the power of God's love we are drawn into the heart of Jesus. We are now sent to draw others into the heart of Jesus. We need not explain why we believe in Jesus, or preach to others about Jesus. By our hearts of love, God will draw them to Jesus. May our hearts remain always in the love of God.
Easter 3 wk- Thursday - LITURGY
Luke presents the conversion of the treasurer of the queen of Ethiopia very much in parallel with that of the disciples of Emmaus. The latter had listened to Christ's explanation of the scriptures about himself and then recognized and really encountered the living, risen Lord in the breaking of bread, in the Eucharist. The Ethiopian had the scriptures explained to him about the lamb that was slain and the good news of the resurrection. Then he asked to be baptized so that he could encounter the risen Lord.
In the gospel Christ speaks again of himself as the bread of life to be accepted in faith and promises to give the bread of his own flesh in the Eucharist for the life of the world, for eternal life.

Penitential Rite:
-Faith in you is what draws us to this mass. For our lack of faith, LHM
-Faith in you is flamed by our prayer and perseverance. For our lack of prayer, CHM
-Faith in you is revealed through our love and service. For our selfishness, LHM

Opening Prayer
Father, you draw all people to you who believe in your Son Jesus Christ. Faith, Lord, faith it is that we need. Give it to us, we pray you, a living faith that we can encounter today Jesus Christ, your Son, in your word that you speak to us in the bread that you offer us, and in the food that we can give and can be to one another, in Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord, who lives with you and the Holy Spirit now and for ever.

Prayer over the Gifts
Lord God, we want to live, live to the full and without limits or boundaries. Give us the bread of life, we pray you, that we may know and love and live, that we may give ourselves with him who gave himself as flesh for the life of the world, and be raised up with him on the last day to live with you for ever and ever.

Prayer after Communion
God of the living, you have given us the bread of life, that we may eat it and not die, All thanks be to you, Father, but make our faith strong and deep that your Son is with us, that in him the world can live a life worth living, a life of hope, of justice and dignity and love, a life that lasts for ever and ever.