Reading 1, Acts 8:1b-8

There broke out a severe persecution of the Church in Jerusalem, and all were scattered throughout the countryside of Judea and Samaria, except the Apostles. Devout men buried Stephen and made a loud lament over him. Saul, meanwhile, was trying to destroy the Church; entering house after house and dragging out men and women, he handed them over for imprisonment.

Now those who had been scattered went about preaching the word. Thus Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed the Christ to them. With one accord, the crowds paid attention to what was said by Philip when they heard it and saw the signs he was doing. For unclean spirits, crying out in a loud voice, came out of many possessed people, and many paralyzed and crippled people were cured. There was great joy in that city.

Responsorial Psalm 66:1-3a, 4-5, 6-7a

R.    (1) Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.

 or:

 R.    Alleluia.

 Shout joyfully to God, all the earth, sing praise to the glory of his name; proclaim his glorious praise. Say to God, “How tremendous are your deeds!”

 R.    Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.

 or:

 R.    Alleluia.

 “Let all on earth worship and sing praise to you, sing praise to your name!” Come and see the works of God, his tremendous deeds among the children of Adam.

 R.    Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.

 or:

 R.    Alleluia.

 He has changed the sea into dry land; through the river they passed on foot; therefore let us rejoice in him. He rules by his might forever.

 R.    Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.

 or:

 R.    Alleluia.

Alleluia

 John 6:40

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

 Everyone who believes in the Son has eternal life, and I shall raise him up on the last day, says the Lord.

 R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel John 6:35-40

Jesus said to the crowds, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst. But I told you that although you have seen me, you do not believe. Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and I will not reject anyone who comes to me, because I came down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me. And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day.”

REFLECTION (WILL OF GOD)

WILL OF GOD: will talks about the future, what was to occur, state of hope or hopeless both are featured in the future, our past experience and present situation, either boost our hope for the future or lost hope. A man of will is a man of hope.

Jesus went about not on his own will but that of God, he featured his will with that of God and that what them one, to the point of death, shameful death on the cross, he never for once lost hope on the will of God.

How have we being managing our will? Are our will featured with that of the will of God? As Christians we are all expected to have our will featured with God, we should not have our own will but that of God.

When you have your will featured in God, no matter the situation you might be in, you will come out a better version of yourself.