Reflection: 5th Tuesday of Easter

Mass: Tuesday, May 4, 2010
First Reading: Acts 14:19-28
Responsorial: Ps 145:10-11, 12-13ab, 21
Gospel: Jn 14:27-31a


If you were given three wishes, what would they be? Of course, if you ask me, I’d always make sure that the third wish I would ask is for more wishes!

Inspired by the spirit of today’s Gospel, where Jesus tells his disciples about his hopes for them as he prepare to department, my reflection focused on answering this question: What would be God’s three wishes?

I think one wish that God would want for us is for us to be at peace. Jesus tells his disciples, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you…Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.”

Perhaps the reason why God wants us to be at peace is so that we can become people who live with a sense of gratitude for all of God’s blessings and gifts.

Those who live with a sense of gratitude are not only much more pleasant to be around, but also inspire us to see the challenges of life as ways to grow, mature and deepen our faith and trust in God—just like Paul in the first reading.

It also is this sense of peace that allow us to live in a world where differences are appreciated and embraced, allowing for countries to seek collaborative, rather than aggressive, solutions for international conflict.

Another wish God might make is for us to know how much we are loved by God. Just count the many ways we have been blessed in our lives and to commit ourselves everyday to remembering that even in the midst of our sin, God still loves us unconditionally and without question. And, image how God must feel when, in our humanity and limitations, we struggle to be faithful to our vocation of serving others.

Finally, a third wish I think God would want is to share that love with others. The peace and love that we’ve been granted in those first two wishes compel us to action and allow us to share that with others. As the words of our communion song, El Amor Nos Unió, sing, “Where there is charity, there is love, there is our Lord. Jesus gives us life and unity, en the sacred communion. The cross and pain are love, love is a commandment of God. Love united us as we sing this song.”

As we are reminded of the peace and love that we are given daily, let us pray that through our poor efforts at holiness, we may bring about God’s wishes for a world of peace, love and aloha.

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