It is 04th May 2015. The readings are from Acts. 14:5-18 and the Gospel from Jn.14:21-26. The first reading presents a strange situation where the apostles were mistakenly taken as gods. The miracles of apostles reminded the people to think of their old connections with the Roman gods such as Jupiter (Zeus) and Mercury (Hermes). The response of the apostles changed the perspective and understanding of God. “Men, why are you doing this? We too are only men, human like you. We are bringing you good news telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God.” (Acts.14:15). When people equal us to God because of the good deeds we have performed, how do we respond? Are we leading the others to God or keeping those who praise for ourselves and our personal glory and fame? The responsorial Psalm rightly sings, “Not to us, Lord, but to your name give the glory.” (Ps.113:1). The Gospel promises the arrival of the Holy Spirit. Love for Jesus has to be shown through our commitment and conduct. God himself will come and live with us when we obey Jesus. “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” (Jn.14:23). Following the commands are really challenging yet the Holy Spirit can teach us, if we are willing to let the Holy Spirit into our lives. When we are seriously committed to follow the commands, we lead others too. The integrity depends on being truthful and honest to God’s commandments. “The Holy Spirit will teach you everything and remind you of all that I have said to you.” (Jn.14:26) May you have a peaceful day.

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