The readings of today’s Mass help us to continue our reflection — the reflection that we are having during this Easter season, especially two aspects that are so important to all of us.1
The first one, in the Gospel Jesus says to his disciples — before I go to that I think the two reflections and two points that we were trying to make and we are reflecting on this Easter season: first, we are called to give all the glory to God, and the second one is the work of the Holy Spirit.
So in the Gospel Jesus says to his disciples: “Whoever loves me will keep my word… yet the you hear is not mine, but that of the Father who sent me.”
And then at the end of the passage of the Gospel, Jesus talks specifically about the Holy Spirit:
The Holy Spirit
whom the Father will send in my name –
he will teach you everything
and remind you of all that I have told you.
So my brother and sisters, I think, as we continue during this Easter season — this challenging time that we are all living — I think it’s important for us to reflect on how the meaning of our life is to give glory to God. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
And then at the same time, to understand that God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are present in our lives — the Blessed Trinity. Father, Son and Holy Spirit — in different ways but always with us. God is one God with three persons, as we know.
Then the challenge for us in how to make it happen. But I think in the first reading of today’s Mass from the Acts of the Apostles, we see in reality how this giving glory to God happens in the lives of the disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ.
So, the disciples are — as we have been reflecting during this Easter season, reading the Acts of the Apostles — the disciples are going everywhere to preach the Gospel and to share with people the beauty of how our life should be centered on giving glory to our God.
And then the reality is that they preach the Gospel, they even perform miracles, but still they suffered persecution. People still don’t understand what is it that they are talking about.
So, I think that’s our life. Our life should be a life that is centered on giving glory to God and sharing with people around us the beauty of the plan of God for humanity. I think it’s beautiful how St. Barnabas and Paul talk about how the plan of God for the world is to fill our lives with nourishment and gladness for our hearts.
That’s what God wants for all of us is happiness, peace, and joy.
The reality is that even when we are trying to do that, we have the weakness of our own sinfulness and the challenge of people that sometimes do not understand what we are trying to do.
Even with those realities, we have to trust in God and center our life in really giving glory to him.
I think it’s important for all of us during this time. In different circumstances it’s very challenging — we continue to center our life in giving glory to God and understanding that that’s what gives meaning to our lives,
So today, let’s ask Mary our Blessed Mother for her intercession — that we continue to give glory to God in our daily life and that people can be open to the reality of changing and centering their lives in giving glory to God every day. So may Mary, Mother of the Church all over the world, continue to bringing the good news of the Gospel to the people of our time.
1. Readings: Acts 14:15-18; Ps. 115:1-2, 3-4, 15-16; John 14:21-26.