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Let all the earth cry out to God in joy.--Psalm 66:1
Mass readings: Acts 8:26-40 / John 6:44-51
Over the centuries, the Holy Land has experienced a lot of conflict. Ancient Israel fought with Samaria and other neighbors and modern Israel has had its share, too. God's grace, however, can overcome such divisions.
In today's reading from Acts, we meet one of the seven original deacons, Philip, who already had successfully evangelized Samaria. The Holy Spirit tells him to take the road to Gaza and to catch up with the carriage of an official of the Ethiopian queen mother. Philip hears the official reading Isaiah 53:7-8. (In ancient times it was customary to read aloud.) Beginning with the Isaiah passage, Philip instructs the official about Jesus and the official requests baptism. The early Church welcomed all peoples who believed in the Gospel. No one is excluded from the grace of Christ.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, make us messengers of the Good News of Jesus.
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