It Is 16th May 2019. The readings are from Acts 13:13-25; and the Gospel from John 13:16-20. The intention of God is that we all become the messengers for the message of the Lord. Our identity comes with the intimacy with Jesus. If the message of Christ and the person of Jesus is absent then we are indeed in an identity crisis. His Holiness Pope Francis during Homily taught the 245 children receiving First Communion in Bulgaria on 6th May, “This is our identity card: God is our Father, Jesus is our brother, and the Church is our mother and our family. All of us are brothers and sisters, and our law is love.” The first reading presents us with the first missionary journey of Sts. Paul and Barnabas. Our identity with Jesus prompts of the Holy Spirit leading us to evangelise and serve the Church at large. We too become protagonists when we are guided by the Spirit of God. The message of Christ must not leave out our ancestors and those who stood as an inspiration for our faith. The examples and insights of the history must not suppress the presence and participation of Jesus our Messiah. There is no one or any insight is greater than Christ, the Lord. The evangelisation need to focus and concentrate on the person of Jesus and His message. Jesus is more than an agenda, or an enterprise or a syndicate rather He is the abiding presence in all we do and say. The responsorial Psalm praises, “For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.” (Ps.89:2). The Gospel invites us to serve all we have received through the Holy Spirit. With all our gifts of the Holy Spirit, we are not greater than Jesus and His message. Whatever the gift we have, we need to be humble enough to offer it for Jesus and spreading of the message of Christ. “Servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them.” (Jn.13:16). May the Lord help us to serve Him by identifying ourselves with His message. May you have a good day. God bless you.

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