First Reading: Acts 16:11-15
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 149
Gospel: John 15:26-16:4
"I have told you this so that you may not fall away. They will expel you from the synagogues; in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering worship to God. They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me. I have told you this so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you." (John 16:1-4)
In the gospel today, we find Jesus warning the disciples of death and persecution. It seems as though the persecutors will believe that they have good intentions and actually think that they are honoring God. The problem is, is that there people only know of God in their heads, and not in their hearts. Knowing God in our heads is easy, we can know a lot about Him and even think that we know His rules and how He wants us to live. But unless we know God in our hearts, then we will not really know Him at all. Knowing God in our hearts allows us to love Him and to want to honor Him. Knowing God in our hearts helps us to let go of who we think God is and to let Him reveal Himself to us. Knowing God in our hearts helps us to follow His will, instead of what we think His will is.
I believe that there are many things which we can do to know God in our heart. One is a strong devotion to Mary. If we have a strong devotion to the blessed mother, then she will show to us the heart of her son, Jesus. Praying the "Our Father" with sincerity and with a deep meditation on the part of "thy will be done." Asking the Holy Spirit to work in our lives and to let His fruits manifest.
I pray that each of us will seek to know God better in our hearts, not just our heads. May we go out this day and all days loving and serving the Lord with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength.
Father above, we thank you for the gift of this day. Lord, help us to really know you with our whole hearts. Lord, we pray for all those who are seeking truth, we pray for all those who are being witnesses to the faith, and we pray for all our politicians who are not upholding the dignity of the person, may they be brought to your truth. We ask this all through Christ our Lord. Amen.