In Her and In His Disciples, He is Glorified
On this Seventh Sunday of Easter, the first reading brings us to the upper room after the ascension of Jesus, where the disciples were praying in wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit. And one interesting detail that the Acts of the Apostles makes is the presence of Mary.
Why is there this sudden mention of Mary, when she is hardly mentioned in most of the Gospels during the public ministry of Jesus? What was her role among the disciples as they waited for Jesus' promise of the Spirit? Who is Mary for us as Christians today as we try to live a life in the Spirit?
The Gospel and Simplicity
The readings today talk about the gift of the Holy Spirit and begin to prepare us for Pentecost. The first reading tells us that many people were filled with joy at hearing the good news about Jesus from Philip. Upon hearing this, Peter and John, who represented the Apostles, went over and confirmed their faith through the gift of the Holy Spirit. In the Gospel, Jesus also talks about the sending of the Holy Spirit after his own ascension into heaven.
God Created Us Very Good
"Do not let your hearts me troubled. You trust in God, trust also in me."
On this 5th Sunday of Easter, we are met again with the words of Jesus that wish us peace. "Peace be with you", we heard repeatedly on Divine Mercy Sunday and as we journey through this season of Easter, we are reminded again not to let our hearts be troubled or to lose our peace because God's mercy and power of redemption is always greater than our littleness. As we continue reflecting on our growth in Christian life, we are reminded that growth is not necessarily a perfect process, but a progressive one filled with trust and harmony in God.
The Solution for Laziness is an Intelligent Faith
Today is Good Shepherd Sunday or Vocation Sunday. It is a day dedicated by the Church to pray for priestly vocations, but at the same time, it is a day to remember that being a Christian is also a vocation, a call to all baptized Christians to become good shepherds like Jesus for others: to our children, our dependents, workmates, classmates, the sick and the elderly, the poor, the disappointed, etc.