It is 17th May 2018. The readings are from Acts 22:30, 23:6-11; and the Gospel from John 17:20-26. The Address of His Holiness Pope Francis to members of the “Catholic Fraternity Of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships”31 October 2014, taught in the following way: “The Holy Spirit does two things: he creates unity in diversity. Unity does not imply uniformity; it does not necessarily mean doing everything together or thinking in the same way. Nor does it signify a loss of identity. Unity in diversity is actually the opposite: it involves the joyful recognition and acceptance of the various gifts which the Holy Spirit gives to each one and the placing of these gifts at the service of all members of the Church. It means knowing how to listen, to accept differences, and having the freedom to think differently and express oneself with complete respect towards the other who is my brother or sister. Do not be afraid of differences!” In the first reading, Jesus invites St. Paul to be the witness as he bore witness to Christ before the Sanhedrin. When we promote unity and peace, God protects and provides wisdom to speak the words in front of any group of persons. By all means, we need to strive for unity. Unity does not mean compromising the basics and principles rather stand for truth with prudence as St. Paul stood in front of the Supreme Court of the Jews. “Be cunning as serpents and yet as harmless as doves?” (Mt.10:16). We must not just be engaging in saving our skins but also, we must be extremely cautious not bruising the other that brings the lasting unity. The responsorial Psalm intercedes, “Preserve me, Lord, I take refuge in you.” (Ps.15:1). We have the last portion of the prayer of Jesus in the Gospel. Jesus prayed for all Christian to be one. The intention of the Lord is that we may all worship in truth and charity as believers. It is not only displaying the rays of hope in praying and also working together shoulder to shoulder as believers. “As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (Jn.17:21). Jesus addressed God as Father to demonstrate unity between them to be seen in all believers. This prayer shows clearly and cements our empowering image of God and we have the intercessor for us all in Jesus. May the Lord help us in every small way to allow the Holy Spirit to move freely in our lives to unite us all in Christ. May you have a good day. God bless you.

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