May 13

Reflection

 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them.
John 19:11-19

We live in the tension of the now, the tension of being where we are and of still being who we are. Jesus did not expect his followers to live in a cocoon, nor can we. We are women and men of the 21st century, normal people of our own century within the culture of a particular nation, and we are immersed in all the advantages and perils of our world at this historic time. Our beliefs as consumers, citizens, parents, and church members matter. The challenge is to be in the community, in the work force, in the family, in the church and in all our relationships as “salt” and “light”. Daily, our senses are pounded by advertising, local, national, and international news, media of all kinds, social pressures. As we consider our world’s ways of thinking and acting, what does it mean for us to be “in the world” but to live differently?

Prayer

Confirm us in truth.

Action

 Why is Jesus asking that his disciples be protected? What are the implications for us? How is our lifestyle influenced by our culture?  How does it impact on our attitudes when we shop, listen to the news, reject people or ideas, educate our children, and all the usual things in life?

 Suggested Reading

 Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed saying:
“Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me,
so that they may be one just as we are one.
When I was with them I protected them in your name that you gave me,
and I guarded them, and none of them was lost
except the son of destruction…
I gave them your word, and the world hated them,
because they do not belong to the world
any more than I belong to the world.
I do not ask that you take them out of the world
but that you keep them from the evil one.
They do not belong to the world
any more than I belong to the world.
Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is truth.
As you sent me into the world,
so I sent them into the world.
Jn 19:11-19

 Let us all remember this: one cannot proclaim the Gospel of Jesus without the tangible witness of one’s life.
Pope Francis

Make sure of your commitment to Jesus Christ, and seek to follow Him every day. Don’t be swayed by the false values and goals of this world, but put Christ and His will first in everything you do.
Billy Graham

Jesus teaches us another way: Go out. Go out and share your testimony, go out and interact with your brothers, go out and share, go out and ask. Become the Word in body as well as spirit.
Pope Francis

Jesus is ideal and wonderful, but you Christians – you are not like him.
Mahatma Gandhi

Jesus does not give recipes that show the way to God as other teachers of religion do. He is himself the way.
Karl Barth

 The world needs to see Christians burning, not with self-righteous fury at the sliding morals in our country, but with passion for God.
Kevin DeYoung

 

 

 

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