First Reading: Acts 20:28-38
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 68
Gospel: John 17:11-19
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, in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you. I speak this in the world so that they may share my joy completely. 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. And I consecrate myself for them, so that they also may be consecrated in truth.” (Jn 17:11-19)
We belong to God, not to this world. In life it is so important to see the big picture of things, especially when it is so easy to caught up in the daily little things of life. It is this perspective of who we belong to, that we must always keep in mind. Today, re-read the Gospel reading today and just reflect on this question: "Am I living a life that says that I belong to God or to the world?"
Father above, we thank you and praise you for the gift of this day. Lord, consecrate us in your truth, keep us close to you at all times. Protect us from the evil one, help us never to stray from your loving arms. Lord, you alone know what is best for us, help us to live our lives according to your will. Lord, we pray for all of our priests and religious, may they be strengthened in their vows and in their ministries. We also pray for all those who are living of the world, may they come to know your truth and love. We ask this all through Christ our Lord. Amen.