Monday, Fourth Week of Easter

Monday, May 4

Monday, Fourth Week of Easter


Liturgical readings are available here.

Not only the current situation with the corona virus testifies to the fact that our life is full of surprises. We plan one thing and something else happens. Thus, we are required to change and convert.

When thinking about conversions in the New Testament, Paul comes to most people’s mind first, but there is another, more prominent example of conversion. The Acts of the Apostles mention Peter at the house of the pagan Cornelius, who is baptized along with people at his house. There was a lot of prejudice and hate towards pagans and thus it took not Paul, the apostle of the gentiles, but Peter, the head of the Twelve to change this mentality and kick off the mission to the ends of the earth.

It was not just an executive decision justified by the expected profit. Rather, Peter and the whole Church had to grapple with the idea that pagans as well can be saved. They finally concluded glorifying God and saying, “God has then granted life-giving repentance to the Gentiles too”.

Peter himself and the whole Church had to convert and thus better understand God’s plans. These plans are big and beyond our full comprehension, yet, we need to convert daily, lest be an obstacle of his will.