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PSALM 145:17

Jakarta, 19 May 2018

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JESUS INSTRUCTS SIMON PETER

Today’s Gospel Reading: John 21:15-19 – SEVENTH WEEK OF EASTER: Friday, 18 May 2018

Peter provides a contrast with Paul. He had denied the Lord and, in today’s Gospel reading, we witness the Lord forgiving him. In this scene, Jesus drew out courage, leadership and faith from Peter that otherwise might well have been smothered in a morass of self-denial and self-recrimination.

Peter and Paul both exhibit the effect of the Holy Spirit upon us. The Holy Spirit will not turn a poet into an economist. But the Spirit enables us to center, control and clarify the gifts we have so that we can live as God intended. The effect of the Spirit on Peter and Paul was to strengthen their natural abilities. The Spirit redirected Paul’s fire. The Spirit channeled Peter’s leadership and stability. The Spirit helps us mold, shape and transform our gifts into instruments of the Lord.

The Spirit helps us to see things more clearly, to love God more dearly and to follow Christ more nearly.

Jakarta, 18 May 2018

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ISAIAH 65:17

Jakarta, 18 May 2018

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JESUS CONTINUES TO PRAY

Today’s Gospel Reading:  John 17:20-26 – SEVENTH WEEK OF EASTER: Thursday, 17 May 2018

The Lord speaks about His gift of peace to us and to the Church. In our own day, we have experienced divisions similar to those that split Pharisees and Sadducees. Such sharp divisions are never entirely healthy. They drain energy, time and intellectual effort from more productive enterprises. It can happen that because of such divisions, a Roman Catholic will be more hospitable to a Buddhist than to a fellow Catholic.

The maintenance of unity in diversity is a difficult question. We can preserve unity in prayer by keeping our focus on the Lord. There are so many forces that pull apart families, parishes and people. Unity, cohesion and fidelity as a Church are indeed gifts of the Spirit. The Lord has not given us an idea to hold us together. He has given us the force and power of the Holy Spirit.

Unity is a gift from the Lord.

Jakarta, 17 May 2018

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PSALM 119:2

Jakarta, 17 May 2018

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JESUS PRAYS FOR HIS DISCIPLES

Today’s Gospel Reading: John 17:11-19 – SEVENTH WEEK OF EASTER: Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Jesus asks the Father to guard the flock from the evil one. The Lord is not simply speaking of theological error. He refers to the way of the world.

We are all Christ’s Body in the world. What people see, hear and touch of Christ is us. For better or worse, we are the Body of Christ to the people around us. It is through people that faith is strengthened or weakened. We are the carriers of the living Christ. This in one reason why Paul is so insistent about the personnel who will find their way into the Ephesian Church (first reading; Acts 20:28-38) and why the Lord prays that the evil one will be warded off.

It is those who can infect a community with suspicion and quarreling that can destroy a community’s sense of the Lord’s presence and His mission for them.

A community is weakened or strengthened not by theories but by people.

Jakarta, 16 May 2018 

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PSALM 9:9

Jakarta, 16 May 2018

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