May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

St. Athanasius 2

Learn more about St. Athanasius: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=336

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/050216.cfm

Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me. And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.

“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.”

Jesus keeps warning His Apostles and us about persecution. Saul thought he was doing God’s will until Jesus taught him the truth. We must pray for those who, today, think they do God’s will and kill innocent people who believe in the truth of the Word of God.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may the hearts and minds of those who kill and use your name as the reason be opened and turned to you. In Jesus’ holy name we pray, Amen!

The Lord takes delight in his people, Alleluia!

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