Tuesday 26th May 2020
Seventh week of Easter
Memorial of St. Philip Neri
Acts 20:17-27, John 17:1-11
Have you ever been in a situation where you are doing something very difficult and unrewarding, but you are happy to do it because of the long term gain? To do the work of God and live a good Christian life is not easy, if not for the Spirit of God in us who continues to direct our hearts and minds to the glory of God which is to be revealed in us. In the gospel reading of today, we see how Jesus had glorified the Father with his life of suffering and death and has now ascended to the Father.
St Paul in the first reading is very eager to go to down to Jerusalem where he is very sure that he will meet opposition from other religious sects and even his fellow Jews who are not happy with him because he took the gospel to the Gentiles.
To be calm and steadfast in turbulent times with hope of eternal reward is a gift of the Holy Spirit.
Today we have a good example in St Philip Neri. He lived a virtuous life of sacrifice and education of others. According to him, it is never a good thing to be proud in Spirit, and it is good to respect everyone irrespective of who you are. This was also the type of life he lived. These are marks of a Christian and a proof of the spirit of God in us. May almighty God grant us the grace to glorify him with our lives so that he can also glorify us on the last day. God help us. Amen
Fr Michael Osatofoh Eninlejie MSP