13 May – Feast of Our Lady of Fatima
This feast commemorates the visions of Our Lady seen near Fátima in Portugal in 1917 by three shepherd children, Lúcia dos Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto. The visions occurred on the 13th day of each month from May to October, and by October huge crowds were gathering at the site of the visions and reporting visions and miraculous occurrences themselves.
Paul’s escort took him as far as Athens, and went back with instructions for Silas and Timothy to rejoin Paul as soon as they could.
So Paul stood before the whole Council of the Areopagus and made this speech:
‘Men of Athens, I have seen for myself how extremely scrupulous you are in all religious matters, because I noticed, as I strolled round admiring your sacred monuments, that you had an altar inscribed: To An Unknown God. Well, the God whom I proclaim is in fact the one whom you already worship without knowing it.
‘Since the God who made the world and everything in it is himself Lord of heaven and earth, he does not make his home in shrines made by human hands. Nor is he dependent on anything that human hands can do for him, since he can never be in need of anything; on the contrary, it is he who gives everything – including life and breath – to everyone. From one single stock he not only created the whole human race so that they could occupy the entire earth, but he decreed how long each nation should flourish and what the boundaries of its territory should be. And he did this so that all nations might seek the deity and, by feeling their way towards him, succeed in finding him. Yet in fact he is not far from any of us, since it is in him that we live, and move, and exist, as indeed some of your own writers have said:
“We are all his children.”
‘Since we are the children of God, we have no excuse for thinking that the deity looks like anything in gold, silver or stone that has been carved and designed by a man.
‘God overlooked that sort of thing when men were ignorant, but now he is telling everyone everywhere that they must repent, because he has fixed a day when the whole world will be judged, and judged in righteousness, and he has appointed a man to be the judge. And God has publicly proved this by raising this man from the dead.’
At this mention of rising from the dead, some of them burst out laughing; others said, ‘We would like to hear you talk about this again.’ After that Paul left them, but there were some who attached themselves to him and became believers, among them Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman called Damaris, and others besides.
After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth.
‘I still have many things to say to you
but they would be too much for you now.
But when the Spirit of truth comes
he will lead you to the complete truth,
since he will not be speaking as from himself
but will say only what he has learnt;
and he will tell you of the things to come.
He will glorify me,
since all he tells you
will be taken from what is mine.
Everything the Father has is mine;
that is why I said:
All he tells you
will be taken from what is mine.’
Everything the Father has is mine
Many of us are familiar with Jesus’ words when He said that if we remain in Him and keep His words, He lives in us and we in Him. Then we can ask anything from Him and get it in God’s time. Why is that so? In this Gospel, Jesus said that everything belongs to Him. When everything is His, then how can we ask for something for ourselves?
In our Holy Communion, Lord Jesus enters into our hearts through the Eucharist and thus lives within us. In other words, everything Jesus has belongs to us as well because we are united with Him entirely and are therefore inseparable. That is, if we allow ourselves to be conformed to be Christ-like — to the same extent that three persons in God are inseparable and united with each other.
In God’s eyes, our souls are precious and therefore important to keep in Heaven. If God sees that our wishes cooperate with our salvation of the souls and we are in union with the Body of Christ, He will answer our prayers in His time. Remember, He always hears our prayers because He is everywhere and, more importantly, lives within our hearts. What matters for Him is the salvation of our souls. That was why Lord Jesus emphasized that everything, including our souls, belongs to Him. If God is glorified, we are also glorified.
(Today’s OXYGEN by Michael Goo)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we pray that we will never get separated from You for when we have possessed You, we have everything. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Thanksgiving: Heavenly Father, we thank You for everything You have given us in our lives.