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Doctrines & Morals
 
 
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May they be One
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK

Acts 1:15-17.20-26, 1 Jn 4:11-16, Jn 17:11-19. Today, the Seventh Sunday of Easter Year B, we celebrate the "World Communication Day" and anticipates the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Before the passion of Christ, He prayed, consecrated and handed His ministry over to His Apostles. In this prayer of consecration, Jesus reveals that the Father specially chose the Apostles. He said: "Holy Father, keep those you have given me true to your name, so that they may be one like us. They were chosen for a purpose and that purpose for which they were chosen is made clear in today's first reading when Peter stood up and spoke to a congregation of about a hundred and twenty persons. Here, we experience the power of unity of spirit, will and purpose among the Apostles, who, as one unite, relying on the power of God, elected Matthias to replace Judas Iscariot. This incorporation was an action done by the whole community under the chairmanship of Peter. It was indeed a fruitful session. The same unity is what sustained the early Church, who sold what they had and shared amongst each other.

Today's second reading emphasises on the centrality of love in our Christian living. For John, love and unity among Christians is the first and most important witness for believers to bear. Since, the call for oneness is the highest form of our witnessing as Christians, we ought to give love a prime place by pursuing all that would facilitate and promote love in our relationships, understanding, patience, tolerance and forgiveness. Religious and denominational differences should not be a source of disunity. Jesus Christ who is at the centre of Christian faith and God, who is worshipped by different religions is that force which supersedes whatever is it that tears us apart. We need to understand, appreciate, cooperate and pray. In today's Gospel, Jesus prays to God the Father in a very exceptional way. This Priestly prayer of Jesus highlights the desire of Christ that His disciples are to be one as He is one with the Father. Our Lord Jesus Christ thus prayed for Oneness so that His disciples can get to that level of being ONE in word and action. One of the easiest ways towards destruction and failure in life is through disunity, which can be seen in families, communities and nations. It is often said: “together we stand but divided we fall.” Thus, we are challenged to promote unity and love in our communities and homes.

May the Lord send us the Holy Spirit to install and enkindle in our hearts the fire of the Trinitarian love and unity for mutual coexistence! Amen!! Good morning and happy Sunday!!

 
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