Prayer of the Day

Seventh Week of Easter – Feast of St. John I, Pope and Martyr

May 18th, 2015
""They were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus and the moment Paul laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came down on them."" Acts 19 : 6

God’s greatest gift to us is the gift of the Spirit. This is the Spirit of love. It is the Spirit that brooded over the Universe at the moment of Creation. This is the Spirit of the Incarnation, which gave us Jesus, the human and divine in one person. “The angel said to Mary, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you.” Luke 1 : 35

Christ is the vine, we are the branches. The power of the Spirit is working in us through Jesus Christ. As the Spirit sent out the apostles to be Christ’s witnesses to the end of time, so are we sent to bring the Gospel message to the ends of the earth.

We witness to God in our daily lives through the good we do. At the end of Mass, we are sent out to live the Gospel message by loving and serving the Lord in those with whom we live and work. This loving service begins in our homes and spreads to our places of work and to all whom we meet with on life’s journey.When we help others, we are serving Jesus who takes as done to himself whatever good we do to others.

On the road to Damascus, Christ said to Saul, “Why are you persecuting me?” Saul said to Christ, “Who are you, Lord?” Christ answered, “I am Jesus and you are persecuting me.” Paul (Saul) realized that in persecuting Christ’s followers, he was persecuting Christ. Acts 9 : 3

“Be compassionate as your heavenly Father is compassionate.” Luke 6 : 34  We must treat others as we would like them to treat us. God’s word becomes flesh-incarnate in every person I help. For Christ says, “I was hungry and you gave me to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me to drink.”  Matthew 25 : 35

Prayer Lord, may we see your face in everyone who needs our help. Perhaps it is that person in the wheel chair or the hungry man looking for something to eat, or perhaps it's a migrant looking for work or a family about to be evicted from their home. May we support them in whatever way we can for they are our brothers and sisters. Lord, we entrust them all to you. Amen