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We have been called to develop a discipleship of presence and service to humanity.

Reading: And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning. John 15:27.
Good morning, Happy Monday, and many blessings my dear family.
Today’s Gospel (John15:26-16:4a) begins with Jesus continuing his conversation with his disciples. He tells them that he will send an “Advocate” to them from his Father. This Advocate will be the Spirit of Truth. Jesus also tells his disciples that the “Advocate” will testify to Jesus. And in turn, the disciples will go forth and testify to others and to the world.

I wonder what the disciples thought when Jesus told them that they would be changing the world by their testimony? Did they think this would be grand and glorious? Did they wonder if they would become famous? However, Jesus quickly dispels any illusions of greatness or glory. Jesus warns them that they will be persecuted for their testimony. They also will be expelled from the synagogues and even might be put to death! Can you imagine how the disciples reacted to Jesus’ words? Were they frightened? Or did they feel empowered? Was their commitment and love for Jesus so deep and strong that they were determined to follow him even if they might be persecuted or possibly be put to death?

How committed are we to Jesus? Most likely we will not be hung on a wooden cross! However, if we choose to follow in Jesus’ footsteps, we also may have to deal with criticism, judgment or perhaps even persecution of one sort or another. Sad to say, our world today is not much different from the world Jesus lived in. Just listen to the morning or evening news. In many cities, typically there are reports of crimes, shootings, etc. Rarely is there “good news” on the morning or evening news.

If we want to follow in Jesus’ footsteps, today may we strive to be attentive to the “good news” in our lives and in our world. Perhaps we can create some “good news” by brightening someone’s day. Who knows? If we strive to bring “good news” to our home, town, world, perhaps this practice will “go viral” and become contagious!

Jesus brought “good news” to his world and his message is preached daily, hundreds of years after his death! We also may have an impact as we share “the good news.” After all, we have nothing to lose by trying!

But also, Jesus asks me to testify on his behalf, to announce the good news. Perhaps, over the coming days, I can reflect on ways in which I might be able to take on this challenge. I can avail myself of the help of the Holy Spirit in finding a way suitable for my situation in life. We have been called to develop a discipleship of presence and service to humanity.



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Monday, May 23, 2022 - 09:00

Ministry at the time of Coronavirus (Covid 19): Prevent, cure and accompany

Now we have to shape what some have started calling; The Church at Home. Although I keep asking myself; What do those who do not have a home do? For this reason, at the same time, I am declaring today in our Holyrood Church a Lenten day of prayer, fasting and reading the Bible in the Time of the Coronavirus.

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