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Simon, Do You Love Me? 

Simon, Do You Love Me? 


*🎷Simon, Do You Love Me?🎷*

Friday 7th June, 2019.

*Read Acts 25:13-21, Psalm 103 and John 21:15-19)_*

_*“When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?’… ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ … ‘Feed my lambs.’ … ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me?’ … ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ … ‘Tend my sheep.’ … ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me?’ …’Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.’ …. ‘Feed my sheep.’” (John 21:15-17)*_

Love cannot pretend. It cannot hide. Your life is very often defined by the object of your love whatever and whoever it may be. If you do not love your work or who you work for, you would soon think of quitting. If you are married and you love someone other than your spouse, that marriage is bound to suffer. Before handing over the flock to Peter, it is absolutely necessary for Jesus to question Peter’s love.

If Peter did not love Jesus more than everything else in life, his ministry to the Church would have suffered. When we love, we are able to bear whatever suffering or pain from that may result from that which we love. No matter how hot the kitchen may be, a woman who loves cooking will not step out. Jesus knowing how hot the task of leadership would be and the persecutions ahead needed to be sure that Peter truly loved him more than anything else.
For all those times, Peter would have to suffer something, the only thing that would keep him going is the memory of his triple “yes” to Jesus’ question. You know, when you love someone, there is this feeling of being used by that person. This happens when we find ourselves doing things or letting go of certain things for the sake of that person which ordinarily we would never do for anyone else.

Love is patient and kind; love takes no record of records; love never ends; love never gives up. Jesus even went as far as predicting the kind of death Peter would die; how he would stretch his hands while others will tie his belt and take him where he does not wish to go. Note that Jesus does not promise Peter any reward for what he would have to suffer. Jesus simply repeated the same words he said to Peter when he first called him: “Follow Me.”

Do I love God? Am I willing to let go of everything else for His sake even when I am to get nothing in return? Or is it the case that my love for God is just a _”cunny-cunny love”_? In truth, if you do not love God above everything else in this life or if your love is not big enough to withstand whatever sacrifice or pain, your Christian commitment would suffer greatly.

Going through our first reading, we find the story of Paul who was held in prison for the sake of the Gospel. His case is now pending for the Emperor himself. King Agrippa reports Paul to Festus, the Roman Governor, how he tried to settle the matter only for Paul’s accusers to start disputing among themselves meanwhile he couldn’t find him guilty of any evil. Even in his reportage, King Agrippa displays his lack of understanding and faith in Jesus Christ. Paul for his part did not seem too disturbed, as said to the Ephesians, “I have played my part, I am innocent of the blood of you all, (meaning: I am ready for anything now, even death).”

Like Paul, have you suffered anything for the sake of your Christian Faith? Is your love for Jesus big enough to accommodate flogging, imprisonment, loneliness, shipwreck, false accusation and so on?

*Let us pray: Come Holy Spirit and Fill my heart, enkindle in me the fire of your love. Amen.*

Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you.

Friday of the 7th Week of Easter.

Bible Study: Acts 25:13-21, Psalm 103 and John 21:15-19).

-Fr Evaristus Abu.

I Have Finished The Race, I Fought The Good Fight

I Have Finished The Race, I Fought The Good Fight

*I Have Finished the Race, I Fought The Good Fight.*

_(Tuesday 4th June, 2019. Read Acts 20:17-27, Psalm 68 and John 17:1-11)_

_*“And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to thee. Holy Father, keep them in thy name, which thou hast given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.” (John 17:11)*_

Both our First Reading and Gospel passage today are set in a tone of departure; Paul is leaving the region of Asia and he is giving a Farewell Speech to the people whom he had ministered to for quite some time. Jesus also is returning to the Father and he is giving a departure speech as well although his was within the context of prayer.

In truth, a fulfilled life is not measured by the number of one’s days but the quality of those days. As a minister, a father, a mentor, a teacher etc., can I say like St. Paul that I am innocent of the blood of my congregation, my children, my employees, or those under my care? Can I beat my chest to say I never led any one of these little ones astray?

One simple test to find out the quality of our life so far is to ask: “Am I ready to die today?” Take it that you have only a few months or weeks to be alive, love more, forgive more, laugh stronger, speak to everyone you meet as if that was the last thing you would ever say to them, create lasting memories, put a smile on everyone’s face, be kind and generous to people; get set to meet your God.

Paul was not afraid to die, he said: “you will see my face no more.” His conscience was very clean. Jesus prayed: “I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work which you gave me to do… I have manifested your name to the men whom you gave me out of the world…”

At the end of our lives, we are all going to meet God, to stand before Him to give an account of what we did with the time He gave us. It is never too early for you to start thinking of that day and to start preparing towards it because none of us can escape it.

Let us pray: Come Holy Spirit, fill my Heart and enkindle in me the Fire of your Love. Amen.

*Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Tuesday of the 7th Week of Easter. Bible Study: Acts 20:17-27, Psalm 68 and John 17:1-11).*

Fr. Abu.

I Have Finished The Race, I Fought The Good Fight

I Have Finished The Race, I Fought The Good Fight

*I Have Finished the Race, I Fought The Good Fight.*

_(Tuesday 4th June, 2019. Read Acts 20:17-27, Psalm 68 and John 17:1-11)_

_*“And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to thee. Holy Father, keep them in thy name, which thou hast given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.” (John 17:11)*_

Both our First Reading and Gospel passage today are set in a tone of departure; Paul is leaving the region of Asia and he is giving a Farewell Speech to the people whom he had ministered to for quite some time. Jesus also is returning to the Father and he is giving a departure speech as well although his was within the context of prayer.

In truth, a fulfilled life is not measured by the number of one’s days but the quality of those days. As a minister, a father, a mentor, a teacher etc., can I say like St. Paul that I am innocent of the blood of my congregation, my children, my employees, or those under my care? Can I beat my chest to say I never led any one of these little ones astray?

One simple test to find out the quality of our life so far is to ask: “Am I ready to die today?” Take it that you have only a few months or weeks to be alive, love more, forgive more, laugh stronger, speak to everyone you meet as if that was the last thing you would ever say to them, create lasting memories, put a smile on everyone’s face, be kind and generous to people; get set to meet your God.

Paul was not afraid to die, he said: “you will see my face no more.” His conscience was very clean. Jesus prayed: “I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work which you gave me to do… I have manifested your name to the men whom you gave me out of the world…”

At the end of our lives, we are all going to meet God, to stand before Him to give an account of what we did with the time He gave us. It is never too early for you to start thinking of that day and to start preparing towards it because none of us can escape it.

Let us pray: Come Holy Spirit, fill my Heart and enkindle in me the Fire of your Love. Amen.

*Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Tuesday of the 7th Week of Easter. Bible Study: Acts 20:17-27, Psalm 68 and John 17:1-11).*

Fr. Abu.

Jesus Ascended Into Heaven Where He Is Seated At The Right Hand Of God The Father

Jesus Ascended Into Heaven Where He Is Seated At The Right Hand Of God The Father

*He Ascended Into Heaven Where He Is Seated At The Right Hand Of The Father*

_(Thursday 30th May, 2019. Read Acts 1:1-11, Psalm 47, Ephesians 1:17-23 and Luke 24:46-53)_

_*“Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. 51 While he blessed them, he parted from them, and was carried up into heaven.” (Luke 24:50-51)*_ 

Today makes it forty days since the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. In the course of this period, Jesus constantly appeared to the disciples to strengthen their faith, to assure them of the truth that he is the Messiah. He told them so many things and since there were much more they needed to know, He assured them of the Holy Spirit who would come to teach them everything.

Till this time, the disciples were still expecting that Jesus would take over power from the Roman authorities. They still didn’t understand that Jesus had not come to be a Political Messiah. The disciples asked him: “Will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6).

Jesus must have probably laughed at them for not having their priorities right. So he responded: It is not for you to know the times or seasons… But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you shall be my witnesses” (Acts 1:7-8). In other words, receiving the power of the Holy Spirit and becoming witnesses for Jesus is far more important and far more precious than having to overthrow the Romans or taking seats in government.

This is the point St. Paul harps upon in the second reading. He prays that we have the spirit of Wisdom so that our eyes would be open to realising the great hope we now have courtesy of Jesus’ Ascension into heaven. By His Ascension, Christ has united our human nature with God thereby making it possible for the human species to be united with God. St. Paul refers to this as a glorious inheritance, immeasurable greatness.

By leading them up to Bethany as the Gospel of Luke presents, Jesus wanted the disciples to remember His dear friend Lazarus, to know that He has truly conquered the power of death.

Jesus then lifted up His hands to bless the disciples and as He blessed them, He was carried into heaven before their very eyes. Does it mean that Jesus is no longer with us? Of course, no. By going up to heaven, Jesus did not create a distance between Himself and humanity, rather His Ascension confirms the truth that we all have a final destination that is not here on earth. Jesus is still with us. Jesus is always with us.

In fact, We must never forget Jesus’ last words in the Gospel of Matthew: 

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20).

Today should be a day of joy for us, a day to celebrate the final victory of life over death, a day to celebrate our firm assurance that heaven exists, that just as Christ ascended to heaven, we too shall one day depart this earth and be united with God in heaven. 

Luke concludes by saying: “The disciples returned to Jerusalem with great joy and were continually in the temple blessing God.” The disciples entered a mood of prayer in preparation for the descent of the Holy Spirit. This is exactly what we must now do as we await the Comforter, the Paraclete, the Holy Ghost from heaven.

Let Us Pray: Lord Jesus, may the celebration of your Ascension rekindle my prayer life that I may be properly prepared to receive the Holy Spirit, Amen!

*Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you.

Solemnity of the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ. Year C. 

Bible Study: Acts 1:1-11, Psalm 47, Ephesians 1:17-23 and Luke 24:46-53).*

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