It is 11th May 2020. The readings are from Acts 14:5-18; and the Gospel from John 14:21-26. Who doesn’t like to be praised, accepted, recognized and applauded? When we are showered by praises for what God has done in the life of someone just because we have interceded for that person, it blinds the recipient to acknowledge God and leads them up worshiping us. Every effort and opportunity of service is a chance to bring someone closer to God not closer to ourselves. The idolatry and adulation of the persons are the ones blind the eyes of faith. Just like Paul and Barnabas in the first reading, we all need to bring people closer to God and to challenge their false worship. A true follower of the Lord will be ashamed of praises, honor and adoration due to God given to him or her. Human praises not only disturb the credibility of the preacher as well as the intention of preaching itself. The responsorial Psalm praises, “Not to us, O Lord, but to your name give the glory.” (Ps.115:1). The Gospel insists that our teaching and preaching need to be guided by the power of the Holy Spirit. God can use anyone to reveal God’s love for suffering humanity. At times, we are used as the instruments of God to heal and lead others. Whatever the miracles, and marvelous input we present, all of them are inspired by the same Spirit of God. “The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.” (Jn.14:26). When praises, fame, glory are showered on us on account of our service and preaching to the humanity, we need to acknowledge and offer the honor due to God. Let us learn to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit not guided by the voices of people. May God remain the reference to all what we have received. May you have a good day. God bless you.

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