It is 09th May 2016. The readings are from Acts 19:1-8; and the Gospel from John 16:29-33. The first reading brings out the journey of St. Paul to Ephesus. He reminds them that the knowledge and the relationship with the Holy Spirit is the significant element for the maturity in our Christian life. He clarifies with those who claimed to have a baptism of repentance from St. John the Baptist. This type of Baptism only ends with a purification rite and inviting an individual to turn away from sin and focus on God. On the contrary, Catholic Baptism is the enactment of the paschal mystery and rebirth in Jesus Christ and leading us to live a new life offered through our faith and good works for the Lord Jesus. He teaches us in today’s reading very clearly that our Baptism becomes complete when we have received the Holy Spirit through the Sacrament of Confirmation. The redemptive Sacraments such as Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist make us a complete mature and committed Believer in the Lord. It is the Holy Spirit who enlightens our minds to the Truth, instil in us the love of God and make us to be the witnesses for Christ Jesus. The responsorial Psalm sings, “Kingdom of the earth, sing to God.” (Ps.67:33). In the Gospel Jesus tells the disciples that the faith would be put to the test. We need to put our trust in Jesus even if we are scattered by the unjust structures of the world. This scattering is a part of our faith formation so that we can spread the wings of prayers and faith to all people. We believe in someone who has conquered the world. No more fear of the world and its evil manifestations. “In the world you will have trouble, but be brave: I have conquered the world.” (Jn.16:33). May God be with you and have a good day.

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