It is 12th May 2016. The readings are from Acts 22:30, 23:6-11; and the Gospel from John 17:20-26. The first reading describes the trial of St. Paul in front of the tribunal of Jerusalem. He tactfully handled the case with prudence and presence of mind. His explanations of his case brought a fight between Sadducees and Pharisees. Sadducees did not believe in life after death while Pharisees believed in resurrection, angel and spirits. God rescued him from the trial and had provided him a passage of safety. “Courage, you have borne witness for me in Jerusalem, now you must do the same in Rome.” (Acts.23:11). The responsorial Psalm prays, “Preserve me, Lord, I take refuge in you.” (Ps.15:1). In the Gospel, we encounter Jesus prays for unity quoting the unity between the Father and Him. “I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word, that they may all be one; even as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (Jn.17:20, 21). Our witnessing becomes visible and meaningful only when we live in unity and charity with the other believers. Divided and fanatic Christians are contrary to the basic message of the Gospels. Jesus invokes the Father twice in His prayer. Jesus is our intercessor to the Father. He intercedes for all the believers to worship God in unity and love. May the Lord bless you to connect with others in love and in unity. Have a good day.

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