Wednesday of the 7th week of Easter year A

Theme: Jesus prays for us

The action of Jesus as he lives his followers, points out the fact that prayer is very important in our lives as children of God, if we intend to make success out of our lives. He prays for the unity of his people, and that God should consecrate them in the truth. In view of this, it will be good to reflect a little about one or two of the issues. The unity of the church of God is very important and necessary, and it concerns all of us as Christians. The big question today is, are you among those who are working for unity within the church, or are you among those who are creating cliques and divisions?

My brothers and sisters in Christ, the prayer of Jesus is encouraging us today to stand for what is good, right, and just. The common good shall never be taken for granted at any point in time. Sometimes we see an individual or a group of people doing a lot of things for their selfish motives and desires. Often it will create division and never unity within the body of Christ. Jesus also prayed that his father sanctifies us in the truth. This is a very important prayer at this time in our world. When some people are more interested in what they stand to gain in any given situation, and not the common good of all.

 Interestingly sometimes a lot of plans and calculations are made, just to achieve selfish goals. We are all encouraged today by the prayer of Jesus to guide us in our daily lives by always standing for the truth. A lot of compromises in our world today have left us in a very bad position, that has brought pain and hardship to majority of people. The change that we seek begins with every one of us, choosing to do what is good, right, and always stand for the truth.

Dear friends in Christ, in the 1st reading of today, as Paul gives his parting speech to the elders of Ephesus, towards the end, he encouraged them to work for their daily bread as he did and support the weak among them. It is an invitation for us to be charitable and generous. One thing that is worthy of note is the fact that we are all capable of giving something to someone else at some point, it goes beyond material wealth and money. It is also important to point out the fact that people don’t give because they have excess, no, sometimes it is simply because they love to share. For some others, they give because they feel they can share and will still be fine with what is left. That is why you can meet someone who is struggling, yet very generous. The sense of entitlement can easily make us lose the generosity of family and friends. May almighty God bless you in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit. Amen. Peace be with you.  

Wednesday of the 7th week of Easter year A, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp