It is 11th May 2016. The readings are from Acts 20:28-38; and the Gospel from John 17:11-19. The first readings brings out vividly the emotional farewell of St. Paul from Ephesians. Before leaving, St. Paul encouraged the leaders telling that they were chosen by the Holy Spirit to do the work of God and they need not be afraid of trails and challenges. He gave the examples from his own life how they need to be a provider than the collector of material things. “There is more happiness in giving than in receiving.” (Acts. 20:35). Faith needs to be nurtured through self-sacrifices. The selfishness, individualism and egotism will all disappear with dedication, hard work and self-giving for the welfare of the others. The responsorial Psalm praises, “Kingdoms of the earth, sing to God.” (Ps.67:33). The Gospel continues to give us the prayer of Jesus. Jesus prays for the protection of his followers from the evil one. The forces of evil always want to suppress and push aside the Good News in the world. To fight this one common enemy, we all Christians need to consecrate themselves for the work of the Lord. “As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world, and for their sake I consecrate myself so that they too may be consecrated in truth.” (Jn.17:19). May we set apart a specific time and energy for working for the Lord and His Church. Have a good day.

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