Bible Diary English

May 5, 2022

First Reading: Acts 8:26-40
Psalm:  Ps 66:8-9, 16-17, 20
Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
Gospel:  Jn 6:44-51

Thu: Easter Weekday

Acts 8: 26-40/ Ps 66: 8-9. 16-17. 20/ Jn 6: 44-51

1st Readings: Acts 8:26-40
An angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south, toward the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza, the desert road.” So he set out and, it happened that, an Ethiopian was passing along that way. He was an official in charge of the treasury of the queen of the Ethiopians. He had come on pilgrimage to Jerusalem and was on his way home. He was sitting in his carriage and reading the prophet Isaiah.
The Spirit said to Philip, “Go and catch up with that carriage.” So Philip ran up and heard the man reading the prophet Isaiah; and he asked, “Do you really understand what you are reading?” The Ethiopian replied, “How can I, unless someone explains it to me?” He then invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. This was the passage of Scripture he was reading:
He was led like a sheep to be slaughtered; like a lamb that is dumb before the shearer, he did not open his mouth. He was humbled and deprived of his rights. Who can speak of his descendants? For he was uprooted from the earth.
The official asked Philip, “Tell me, please, does the prophet speak of himself or of someone else?”
Then Philip began to tell him the Good News of Jesus, using this text of Scripture as his starting point. As they traveled down the road, they came to a place where there was some water. Then the Ethiopian official said, “Look, here is water; what is to keep me from being baptized?”
Then he ordered the carriage to stop. Both Philip and the Ethiopian went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord took Philip away. The Ethiopian saw him no more, but he continued on his way full of joy.
Philip found himself at Azotus; and he went about, announcing the Good News in all the towns, until he reached Caesarea.

Responsorial Psalm; Ps 66:8-9, 16-17, 20
Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.

Gospel: Jn 6:44-51
No one can come to me unless he is drawn by the Father who sent me; and I will raise him up on the last day. It has been written in the Prophets: They shall all be taught by God. So whoever listens and learns from the Father comes to me.
For no one has seen the Father except the One who comes from God; he has seen the Father. Truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.
I am the bread of life. Though your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, they died. But here you have the bread from heaven, so that you may eat of it, and not die.
I am the living bread from heaven; whoever eats of this bread will live forever. The bread I shall give is my flesh, and I will give it for the life of the world.”





How wonderful it is to be taught by God, if possible, every moment of our lives! But the truth is, God is indeed, teaching us every moment; only that we fail to learn. If only we nurture within us the trait of teachability can we recognize the teachings of God that come our way. This teachability is all about an attitude of openness, vulnerability, as defines John Maxwell, a leadership expert:

“Teachability is not so much about competence and mental capacity as it is about attitude. It is the desire to listen, learn, and apply. It is the hunger to discover and grow. It is the willingness to learn, unlearn, and relearn.”

In other words, it is the vulnerable openness to the movements of Grace. Such teachability brings us to God as well.