May the Lord give you peace, health, and happiness in the Holy Spirit.
It is 02nd June 2022.
We reflect on Acts 22:30; 23:6-11 and John 17:20-26.
The Lord repeats the same demand from each one of us as God did with St. Paul. “Keep up your courage! For just as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you must bear witness also in Rome.” (Acts 23:11).
The Church has never shunned away being a missionary, a witness, and a testimony. Simple piety is not enough to appease our consciences but a deep understanding and faithfulness to the Word of God with the power of the Holy Spirit. Yet, all our prayers echo the sentiments of the Psalmists we all venture to be a witness amidst ravaging wolves: “Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.”
As we read and reflect on the final part of Jesus’ priestly prayer on behalf of us all, may we constantly be humble in promoting peace, harmony, and tolerance. It is better to avoid the moments and words that destroy unity and peace with people. A powerful and vibrant witness is always possible for a family of God could come in the way we relate in gentleness, respect, and love. Justice is unreachable without unity and peace. “So that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” (Jn.17:23).
The prayer and penance of each one of us are so crucial to manure the unity and peace in the church with all its endeavours.
In promoting unity and peace, may we not crush the voice of culture and smell of faith from various groups we encounter. May the Lord continue to bless each one as we are the witnesses today.