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6th Sunday of Easter A

Sunday, May 17, 2020

In today’s Gospel Jesus calls us to live according to his teaching because it is the only and the best way of evangelization, it means, giving a testimony of the truth of the Gospel; then, when we decide to live Jesus’ teaching he promises us an intercession to his Father asking Him to send the Holy Spirit, Advocate, the One who will allow us to stay firm in his divine teaching. Jesus assures us He will not leave us alone when, he leaves the world, but he will be present through the acting of the Holy Spirit who also had given courage and strength to his acting on the earth. The Acts of the Apostles, which describe the evangelization of the primitive Church show how this Spirit acts in Samaria through Philip and the rest of the Apostles who came to the City of Samaria to lay hands on the baptized Christian giving them the spiritual power in the Holy Spirit. It is about confirmation the narration is speaking about: “”They (Apostles) laid hands on them (newly baptized) and they received the Holy Spirit.” The fruit of this sacrament has to be an unmoved and a fearless testimony of a pure life in Christ in the middle of the world, full of many adversities. St. Peter encourages those he addressed and with them, each of us: “Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence, keeping your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who defame your good conduct in Christ may themselves be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, than for doing evil.” The last sentence gives us a practical instruction to use in every moment of our life, to give a glory to God even if you have to suffer because of it; then in this moment receive a salutary dimension in the redemptive offering of Christ. “For Christ also suffered for sins once (…), that he might lead you to God.”