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Be Careful What You Believe

Sixth Sunday of Easter

“Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.”Ps. 66

This would be the key to life on this earth, to learn to choose correctly what to believe, because we are all born knowing nothing and we are destined to
have to believe what others tell us; the problem is that not everyone tells us true things or truths, because we see partially, never from all angles and knowledge is a gradual process of deepening and discernment between what is and what is not, For this reason, many are wrong and transmit deception to others.

We must know how to select well what we believe, it is essential to deepen towards knowledge, distinguishing the true from the false, from among so much that we come to hear in this world. Given that we do not have and can never have direct access to much firsthand knowledge, we need to believe the testimony that others transmit to us, as we do since childhood in order to learn everything. But then we need to listen more critically, to discern between truths and deceptions.

This is how we believe what they tell us about history, because we could never know if it were not for the testimony that others give us. Even in this we can no longer swallow whole, because we already know of many contradictory testimonies and black legends that were written distorting the truth for ideological interest.

In this world we choose every day what we believe and who we believe, and that determines our physical and mental health, since, even to eat today you must know what theory you believe, which nutritionist you follow, what recommendations you take for certain and which not, of what doctors or the media tell you.

Some decide to believe that there is human life from conception, as science says and others prefer to believe that it is not until it is born, and therefore it can be killed before birth. Some decide to believe that it is okay to do some things and others believe that it is wrong. Everything is a
matter of what each one chooses to believe, and this will depend on the knowledge and the way of life of each one. Some were more responsible in researching to discern truth from lies, and others simply indulge in their whim or intuition, not caring about research on the various subjects, and without love of truth.

As for the health of the soul, each one decides to believe if he has an eternal soul or not, if behind the beauty and greatness of creation there is a Creator or made alone, if the millions of believers are right or wrong, if Christ told us the truth or was an impostor.

Some inquire and study to make their decision sensibly and correctly, others do not and can be easily deceived and err in these important judgments, taking as good what is bad and vice versa, or as truth what is a lie and vice versa. BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU BELIEVE! FAITH IS LIKE THE EAR THROUGH WHICH THE VOICE OF GOD MUST BE HEARD, AND DISTINGUISH WELL THAT OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD FROM THE OTHER VOICES.

Readings for the Week

Sunday: Acts 8:5-8, 14-17/Ps 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20 (1)/1 Pt 3:15-18/Jn 14:15-21
Monday: Acts 16:11-15/Ps 149:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6a and 9b/Jn 15:26—16:4a
Tuesday: Acts 16:22-34/Ps 138:1-2ab, 2cde-3, 7c-8/Jn 16:5-11
Wednesday: Acts 17:15, 22—18:1/Ps 148:1-2, 11-12, 13, 14/Jn 16:12-15
Thursday: Acts 18:1-8/Ps 98:1-3ab, 3cd-4/Jn 16:16-20
Ascension: Acts 1:1-11/Ps 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9 (6)/Eph 1:17-23/Mt 28:16-20
Friday: Acts 18:9-18/Ps 47:2-3, 4-5, 6-7/Jn 16:20-23
Saturday: Acts 18:23-28/Ps 47:2-3, 8-9, 10/Jn 16:23b-28
Next Sunday: Ascension: Acts 1:1-11/Ps 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9 (6)/Eph 1:17-23/Mt 28:16-20
Seventh Sunday of Easter: Acts 1:12-14/Ps 27:1, 4, 7-8 (13)/1 Pt 4:13-16/ Jn 17:1-11a