AD SENSE

Easter 6th Week, Tuesday, May 19th


Acts 16:22-34 / John 16:5-11 
Jesus speaks about the Spirit: “The Spirit will convict the world about sin.”

The expression “convict the world,” or prove the world wrong,” means something very special. It means the world will recognize on its own that it was wrong. The religious leaders who crucified Jesus on Good Friday didn’t believe they were sinning. But when they heard Peter preach about the crucifixion on Pentecost, they were seized with the terrible conviction that what they had done was wrong. Moreover, they were the instruments by which that incredible crime had been committed. (Acts 2:37)
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How sensitive are we to the Spirit’s movement in our life and in our conscience? Peter said to the crowd on Pentecost, “‘God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified.’ Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and they asked Peter and the other apostles, ‘What are we to do, my brothers?’” Acts 2:36-37
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Whenever someone tells us that they are going abroad for a holiday or for some other purpose, we would certainly be very curious as to where they are heading for. That question "Where are you going?" is like burning to come out of our mouths, even as much as we try to respect the privacy of the other person. Nonetheless, we are always curious to know where other people are heading towards even though it may be none of our business.

But in the gospel, as Jesus told His disciples that He was going away, none of His disciples asked Him "Where are you going?" It is certainly not that they are try to be polite and observing etiquette. But as Jesus observed they were sad that He was leaving them.

Quite obviously, the disciples don't know where Jesus was going and yet they don't know what questions to ask also.

As for Paul and Silas in the 1st reading, neither had they any clear indication of where they would be heading and what would be in store for them. So, after being flogged, they were thrown into prison. But it was there that they experienced another mighty wonder of God and even the jailor and his family got converted.

As for ourselves, if we are wondering where we are heading, then the two readings give us this indication. We are heading towards God, and our lives should be directed towards God. When our lives are in that direction, then there will be no curiosity or anxiety about the future.
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LITURGY

Introduction

The life of Christ, which the community of Christ leads, the mentality of Christ alive in the Church, will bear witness against the world in as far as it is still unredeemed and full of evil. The world accuses Christ to be a sinner, finds him guilty in its trial as an unjust man and condemns him. But who is the sinner? Who is found guilty? Who is condemned? Not Christ but the world. Who will prove this? The Spirit of Christ alive in the Church. If the Church lives the life of the just Christ, the works of the world will stand out as unjust, and the life of Christ led by Christians will be a condemnation of the world and its powers of evil.

Penitential Rite:
-Because we recognize in the sufferings of Paul and Silas the sufferings of all who have strengthened our faith, LHM
-Because we recognize in the singing and praying of Paul and Silas in the prison the joy of living our faith despite problems and pains, CHM
-Because we recognize in the conversion and baptism of the guards the daily miracle of your grace in our lives, LHM

Opening Prayer
Lord our God, you demand much of us, your Church, by calling us to be witnesses of your Son and of his message, although we are men and women who share in the sin of the world. Send us your Holy Spirit to open us all the time to renewal and conversion, that your Church may show to the world the true face of Jesus Christ your Son and our Lord for ever.

General Intercessions
- That the people of God may keep thanking God that he has given us the grace to believe in him and in Jesus Christ and his gospel, we pray:
- That the Holy Spirit may help us discern how much untruth and injustice there is still in our world and give us the boldness to testify in favour of the truth and the goodness of the gospel, we pray:
- That we may believe that the Holy Spirit will guide our lives on the ways of Christ and his gospel, we pray:

Prayer over the Gifts
Lord God, here are bread and wine, your gifts to us and our offerings to you to be transformed into Christ. Send us the Spirit of your Son, that people who sit at this table may also become living signs of Christ's presence among us by our sharing with one another and giving to the world the bread of justice. We ask you this through Christ our Lord.

Prayer after Communion
Lord our God, you have entrusted to us, your people, the task of continuing the mission of your Son of redeeming the world. Send us the Holy Spirit of your Son to make us credible witnesses: men and women who live first what we want others to accept and live, men and women to whom your Son is a real person and a way of life. We ask you this through Christ our Lord.

Blessing
Christ gives the Holy Spirit to guide each of us and the whole Church in the ways of the gospel. He will help us to bring the gospel to the world by making us understand the message of Christ and giving us the discernment and the strength to communicate it to the world of today. May almighty God bless you, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.