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

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/051116.cfm

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.”

The Apostles were indeed consecrated to the truth and they were protected. They were able to spread the truth that Jesus taught despite persecution and eventual death. People listened because they spoke the truth and spoke it with courage. They defied the world and won heaven. Can you say the same? Can I?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to always speak your truth no matter the cost. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth, Alleluia!

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