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  • May 29, 2017

    Reading 1 – ACTS 19:1-8

    While Apollos was in Corinth,
    Paul traveled through the interior of the country
    and down to Ephesus where he found some disciples.
    He said to them,
    “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?”
    They answered him,
    “We have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
    He said, “How were you baptized?”
    They replied, “With the baptism of John.”
    Paul then said, “John baptized with a baptism of repentance,
    telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him,
    that is, in Jesus.”
    When they heard this,
    they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
    And when Paul laid his hands on them,
    the Holy Spirit came upon them,
    and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.
    Altogether there were about twelve men.

    He entered the synagogue, and for three months debated boldly
    with persuasive arguments about the Kingdom of God.

    Responsorial Psalm – PS 68:2-3AB, 4-5ACD, 6-7AB

    R. (33A) Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    God arises; his enemies are scattered,
    and those who hate him flee before him.
    As smoke is driven away, so are they driven;
    as wax melts before the fire.
    R. Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    But the just rejoice and exult before God;
    they are glad and rejoice.
    Sing to God, chant praise to his name;
    whose name is the LORD.
    R. Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.
    The father of orphans and the defender of widows
    is God in his holy dwelling.
    God gives a home to the forsaken;
    he leads forth prisoners to prosperity.
    R. Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
    or:
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia – COL 3:1

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    If then you were raised with Christ,
    seek what is above,
    where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel – JN 16:29-33

    The disciples said to Jesus,
    “Now you are talking plainly, and not in any figure of speech.
    Now we realize that you know everything
    and that you do not need to have anyone question you.
    Because of this we believe that you came from God.”
    Jesus answered them, “Do you believe now?
    Behold, the hour is coming and has arrived
    when each of you will be scattered to his own home
    and you will leave me alone.
    But I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
    I have told you this so that you might have peace in me.
    In the world you will have trouble,
    but take courage, I have conquered the world.”

    Reflection

    HOW TO CONQUER THE WORLD

    “I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.”

    Let’s take a look at the topic that is clearly inescapable for us today. How do we conquer the un-redeemed and petty issues that still remain in the human heart? One of those is hypocrisy. First, what is hypocrisy? Hypocrisy is the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform; pretense. The behavior of people who do things that they tell other people not to do; behavior that does not agree with what someone claims to believe or feel; a feigning, pretending, to be what one is not or to believe what one does not; especially the false assumption of an appearance of virtue or religion. I think that is pretty clear. What is also clear is that we will need to conquer ourselves before we can even attempt to make a positive and powerful impact on others, family, and the world. Jesus told us we would experience trouble in this world but that we would have Him always and we would share in the courage that radiates from His very heart.  How about a cure? Here are some thoughts and insights:

    Say what you mean and mean what you say.

    Practice what you preach or change your speech.

    Counting other people’s sins does not make you a saint.

    “If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. (Alleluia Verse)

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