May 15, Isadore
Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth. — Psalm 68:33
Mass Readings: Acts 20:28-38/John 17:11b-19
Contact Without Contamination
Playing it safe isn’t an option for a Christian. Jesus never molly-coddled His disciples. In today’s Gospel, His prayer is not that they be conveniently air-lifted out of a hostile world, but that they stay within the world, yet remain untainted by evil. Jesus goes a step further: while He declares that the disciples are “consecrated,” He makes it clear that the call to holiness isn’t accomplished by retreating from the world, but by being deliberately and purposefully “sent” into the world. Separate doesn’t mean isolated. It means contact with contamination.
At the end of every Mass the priest dismisses the people with “Go….” We’re sent back into our everyday world to glorify God by holy living.
Prayer: Holy God, help me be a true disciple today and every day.
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