It is 4th June 2018. We celebrate the memorial of St Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs. The readings are from 2 Peter 1:2-7; and the Gospel from Mark 12:1-12. God reveals himself through His Only Beloved Son Jesus. Our response is by knowing God in Jesus. Our knowledge has several levels. We begin knowing physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. Knowing Christ is the true devotion. Our affirmations and reinforcement come by constant and consistent knowing of Christ through our spiritual life. In the first reading, St. Peter invites us to consider for a committed living for Christ. “For this very reason, you must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with endurance, and endurance with godliness, and godliness with mutual affection, and mutual affection with love.” (2 Pet. 1:7). The Catechism affirms this in the following lines. “The dignity of man rests above all on the fact that he is called to communion with God. This invitation to converse with God is addressed to man as soon as he comes into being. For if man exists it is because God has created him through love, and through love continues to hold him in existence. He cannot live fully according to truth unless he freely acknowledges that love and entrusts himself to his creator.” (GS.19:1). Our greatness comes only by knowing and loving God otherwise, our living will be full of futility and passion. Our openness to God and letting in human connections strengthens our faith in Christ Jesus. We are mastering ourselves daily with all our weakness, mistakes, failures, sinfulness and vulnerability to know God not as an individual in a room rather as a community in a social milieu. Perfection in knowing cannot be achieved without the faith in Jesus through loving one another. The responsorial Psalm prays, “My God, in you I trust.” (Ps.90:2). In the Gospel we are invited to be faithful to Christ Jesus even though the people around us infringe the vineyard of the Lord and destroying the leaders. May the Spirit of God help us to love God who reveals himself in His Son Jesus. May you have a good day.

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