It is 9th May 2018. The readings are from Acts 17:15, 22-18:1; and the Gospel from John 16:12-15. It is when we worship God in Spirit and Truth, we begin to touch the human spirit of a person. Worshiping idols is the most ancient practice in every religion except the revealed ones such as Judaism, Christianity and Islam. God does not require man-made idols to connect with the human spirit. God comes to us and dwells among us in His Sacred Word and in His Only Beloved Son Jesus Christ. In the first reading, St. Paul attempts to convert the people of Greece who were immersed in great philosophy and spirituality. He preached a sermon that stirred the souls of some that brought Christ into the lives of Greeks. In pointing out their strength in religiosity, St. Paul remarked that they seemed to be worshiping a God that was unknown. He pointed to the altar inscribed “To a God Unknown.” and declared, “What you are thus worshipping in ignorance I intend to make known to you.” (Acts.17:23). We all need someone like Paul to lead us to the Truth in the Spirit. We are so unfamiliar with the living God due to our spectacular magnifying visions of the idols around. It is indeed difficult to perceive God in the unknown, when our minds are immersed with the known and attractive element of the world. In everyone of us, deep within there is a sanctuary built by God for God to have the abode. The human ignorance and over-blown ego have not given the importance the sanctuary within deserves for our personal salvation and peace with God. Just like the people of Greeks, our minds are satisfied with the artistic work of the art, culture, human philosophy and achievements, not knowing there is a temple in us for the living God right within each one of us. Our constant connect with God in the inner sanctuary happens with the wilful turning towards God by personal penance and sanctification. God cannot be ignored by human scrupulosity and superstitious consciousness of human mind. As St. Paul rightly exclaimed: “For “In him we live and move and have our being;’ (Acts. 17:28). The responsorial Psalm praises, “Your glory fills all heaven and earth.” (Ps. 148:14). The Gospel teaches us that God manifest himself in truth and in spirit and it is a life long process. We are led by the Spirit of God to know the truth day by day and fragment after fragment. If we are the spark of God’s wisdom and truth, why are we not igniting the world with love and charity? Knowing never ends with the Spirit of God. One day, we too will arrive at the compass of truth by the untiring efforts of the Holy Spirit in our lives. “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth;” (Jn.16:13). May we allow ourselves to be led by the Holy Spirit to encounter the complete truth in Jesus Christ. May you have a good day. God bless you.

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