29 May – Sixth Sunday of Easter
The Spirit of Truth
We celebrate the coming of Christ’s Spirit of truth on the Church, the source of the Church’s proclamation of the Christian message to the world.
– The Sunday Missal
Acts of the Apostles 8:5-8.14-17
Philip went to a Samaritan town and proclaimed the Christ to them. The people united in welcoming the message Philip preached, either because they had heard of the miracles he worked or because they saw them for themselves. There were, for example, unclean spirits that came shrieking out of many who were possessed, and several paralytics and cripples were cured. As a result there was great rejoicing in that town.
When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, and they went down there, and prayed for the Samaritans to receive the Holy Spirit, for as yet he had not come down on any of them: they had only been baptised in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
1 Peter 3:15-18
Reverence the Lord Christ in your hearts, and always have your answer ready for people who ask you the reason for the hope that you all have. But give it with courtesy and respect and with a clear conscience, so that those who slander you when you are living a good life in Christ may be proved wrong in the accusations that they bring. And if it is the will of God that you should suffer, it is better to suffer for doing right than for doing wrong.
Why, Christ himself, innocent though he was, had died once for sins, died for the guilty, to lead us to God. In the body he was put to death, in the spirit he was raised to life.
Jesus said to his disciples:
‘If you love me you will keep my commandments.
I shall ask the Father,
and he will give you another Advocate
to be with you for ever,
that Spirit of truth
whom the world can never receive
since it neither sees nor knows him;
but you know him,
because he is with you, he is in you.
I will not leave you orphans;
I will come back to you.
In a short time the world will no longer see me;
but you will see me,
because I live and you will live.
On that day you will understand that I am in my Father
and you in me and I in you.
Anybody who receives my commandments and keeps them
will be one who loves me;
and anybody who loves me will be loved by my Father,
and I shall love him and show myself to him.’
He will give you another Advocate
Silence is golden. It is only recently did I discover the impact of this statement. Spending some quiet moments daily allows me to hear the inner voice more clearly. I am able to see how the small things that happen daily are by the grace of God. Take for instance, though at times I am tired of my mum’s nagging, I see the unconditional love that she has for me, the way she takes care of me. Last week when I fell sick and coughing badly, she boiled soup and bought cough drops for me. Meals prepared were filled with tender loving care. Whenever I travel, mum will ensure I have all the sufficient stuff – medicine, currency, clothes etc. When I was having communication issues with my friend, the Lord showed me a book “Men are like Waffles, Women are like Spaghetti”. In that book, it showed me where I need to grow and have a better understanding of how men and women deal with issues in life. Through the daily reflections from Fr William Goh, I am able to hear and understand the bible better. At times the voice even addresses the issues in my life.
In the Gospel, Jesus reminds us if we love him, we will keep his commandments. He assures us that he and the Father are one. Whoever loves Jesus, will be loved by the Father too. Hence Jesus loves us and will show himself to those who love him. This is done through us grace and by the Holy Spirit. When we sanctify Jesus in our hearts, we are confessing that our lives are no longer our own. We belong to him. We are telling him that we are telling him that we intend to love him daily by our words and actions.
Will there be any difference if we put Jesus in our lives? Will you be more peaceful? Will you be aware of the promptings of the Holy Spirit? Will you be able to say no to temptations?
(Today’s OXYGEN by Patricia Ang)
Prayer: Lord, fill us with your grace and love. Use us as an instrument for your glory. Bless us abundantly so that we can be a blessing to others.
Thanksgiving: We thank you Lord for loving us unconditionally and moulding us in your likeliness.
Mon, 30 May – Acts of the Apostles 16:11-15; John 15:15:26-16:4
Tue, 31 May – Zephaniah 3:14-18 or Romans 12:9-16; Luke 1:39-56; Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Wed, 01 Jun – Acts of the Apostles 17:15.22-18:1; John 16:12-15; Memorial for St Justin, Martyr
Thu, 02 Jun – Acts of the Apostles 1:1-11; Ephesians 1:17-23; Matthew 28:16-20; Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord
Fri, 03 Jun – Acts of the Apostles 18:9-18; John 16:202-23; Memorial for Ss Charles Lwanga & Companions, Martyr
Sat, 04 Jun – Acts of the Apostles 18:23-28; John 16:23-28
Sun, 05 Jun – Acts of the Apostles 1:12-14; 1 Peter 4:13-16; John 17:1-11; Seventh Sunday of Easter; World Communication Sunday