Monday, 23 May 2022 : 6th Week of Easter (Homily and Scripture Reflections)

Liturgical Colour : White

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today as we listened to the words of the Scriptures, we are presented with the hope that God has given to His disciples, that He will always be by our side, and He will not abandon us in our time of need. He will give us the necessary guidance and strength to face the many challenges present in our world. As Christians we are all called to go forth and to do whatever we can to spread the words of the truth of God, to proclaim His love and works to all the people of God, to the best of our abilities. Each one of us should commit ourselves to bring forth the Lord to many more people whom we encounter throughout life.

In our first reading today, we heard of the story of the mission of St. Paul the Apostle as he preached the Good News of the Gospels to the people of God, the works that this Apostle had done in proclaiming the Lord’s truth to the people, both to the Jews and the Gentiles alike, all across the Mediterranean region. He went from place to place, sometimes by himself and sometimes with another or two companions, sometimes being rejected while other times being welcomed and accepted by the people. But St. Paul ways encountered help along the way, as what we have heard in our first reading today, where a faithful woman helped him and welcomed him to her place.

This happened throughout his other ministries as well, and there were quite a few disciples and believers who assisted the Apostles with their works, that they truly did not have to worry as the Lord was indeed with them, guiding them and encouraging them along the way. The Apostles entrusted themselves to God and allowed Him to guide them wherever they were told to go to. They knew that they did not have to fear anything as God is always by their side and He will always provide for them, so that in whatever they do, they shall always be fruitful and will be blessed in all things.

In our Gospel passage today, the Lord reminded His disciples that He will not abandon them and will send the Helper, the Advocate, the Holy Spirit to their midst. Through the Holy Spirit they shall be guided and helped in their path, and as long as they remain true and faithful to Christ and His truth, Him as the True Vine and the Source of all truth, then they would not fall astray from the path that God has shown them. The Lord wants all of them to realise that everything is made possible through Him, and all of us as God’s disciples and workers must always draw our inspiration and strength from Him.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, in the Church today as we listened to the words of the Scripture, we are called to reflect on what each and every one of us can and should do as Christians in following the Apostles and walking in their footsteps, in obeying the Law and precepts of the Lord, and in doing God’s will. There are many things that God has entrusted to us through His Church, the mission to reach out to all the people of all the nations, to proclaim the words of His salvation, the Good News that He has delivered to us, and now passed on to us to be proclaimed to all those who have not heard it yet.

The works of the Church, the works of evangelisation and all have not yet been completed. There are still many parts and areas in this world that had not been touched by the light and truth of God, and many people are still unaware of His truth, and are having misunderstandings or misconceptions about Who He really is. And it is up to us to take up our crosses and serve the Lord, to be His witnesses and disciples in our world today, continuing the works that the Apostles and the many other saints, holy men and women of God had initiated and building upon what they had founded.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, each and every one of us have to be more active in living our lives with faith, and we have to commit ourselves ever more to the evangelisation efforts in whatever way we can. The Lord has given us many unique talents, abilities and various opportunities, for us to reach out to those whom we may encounter in life, and who may best come to know the Lord through us and our actions. And we must also remember that just as we can inspire others by our exemplary living as Christians, we can also deter others from coming to the Lord through our wickedness, hypocrisy and other acts that may bring scandal to the Lord, the Church and our faith.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, let us all therefore pray for the guidance and strength from the Lord, so that through His Holy Spirit, Whom God has bestowed upon us, God may help us to be ever more faithful and committed disciples, ever better role models and inspirations for one another in how we live our faith from now on. Hopefully through our dedication and life, we may inspire more and more people to follow the Lord and to believe in Him, much as how St. Paul, the other Apostles, the saints and martyrs had inspired us by their examples and lives. May God bless us always, in all things, now and forevermore. Amen.

Monday, 23 May 2022 : 6th Week of Easter (Gospel Reading)

Liturgical Colour : White

John 15 : 26 – John 16 : 4a

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples, “From now on the Helper, the Holy Spirit Whom the Father will send in My Name, will teach you all things, and remind you of all that I have told you.”

“Peace be with you! I give you My peace; not as the world gives peace do I give it to you. Do not be troubled; do not be afraid. You heard Me say, ‘I am going away, but I am coming to you.’ If you loved Me, you would be glad that I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.”

“I have told you this now before it takes place, so that when it does happen you may believe. It is very little what I may still tell you, for the prince of this world is at hand, although there is nothing in Me that he can claim. But see, the world must know that I love the Father, and that I do what the Father has taught Me to do. Come now, let us go.”

“I am the True Vine and My Father is the Vinegrower. If any of My branches does not bear fruit, He breaks it off; and He prunes every branch that does bear fruit, that it may bear even more fruit. You are already made clean by the word I have spoken to you. Live in Me as I live in you.”

Monday, 23 May 2022 : 6th Week of Easter (Psalm)

Liturgical Colour : White

Psalm 149 : 1-2, 3-4, 5-6a and 9b

Alleluia! Sing to the Lord a new song, sing His praise in the assembly of His saints! Let Israel rejoice in his Maker, let the people of Zion glory in their King!

Let them dance to praise of His Name and make music for Him with harp and timbrel. For the Lord delights in His people; He crowns the lowly with victory.

The saints will exult in triumph; even at night on their couches. Let the praise of God be on their lips; this is the glory of all His saints. Alleluia!

Monday, 23 May 2022 : 6th Week of Easter (First Reading)

Liturgical Colour : White

Acts 16 : 11-15

So we put out to sea from Troas and sailed straight across to Samothrace Island, and the next day to Neapolis. From there we went inland to Philippi, the leading city of the district of Macedonia, and a Roman colony. We spent some days in that city.

On the sabbath we went outside the city gate to the bank of the river where we thought the Jews would gather to pray. We sat down and began speaking to the women who were gathering there. One of them was a God-fearing woman named Lydia from Thyatira City, a dealer in purple cloth.

As she listened, the Lord opened her heart to respond to what Paul was saying. After she had been baptised together with her household, she invited us to her house, “If you think I am faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my house.” And she persuaded us to accept her invitation.