“Realising that the ‘school of True Joy and Peace’ is very near us!”
(Based on Acts 17:15,22-18:1 and Jn 16:12-15 – Wednesday of the 6th Week in Easter)
One morning, a six-year-old girl missed her school bus.
Being new to the neighbourhood, her father – who though was getting late to go to office – decided to drive her to school…
… provided she gave him directions.
They spent twenty minutes going round in circles and through many long lanes.
Finally they arrived at the school…
… which was only a few blocks away from their home.
“Why did you take us all over the place when your school is so close to home?” asked her exasperated father.
“Because this is the way the school bus goes,” the little girl replied….
… and with a sense of innocence: “I don’t know any other way!”
So often are we too such…
We go round and round searching for happiness and contentment…
… when the “school of True Joy and Peace” is very near us
Do we know THE WAY?
… or are we getting lost and deviated with many other peripheral lanes of life?
The Gospel of the Day is the invitation of Jesus to depend on the Holy Spirit, Who will always reveal the mysteries of life and of our faith…
… and will guide us on the right path!
The Lord had been with the disciples for quite some time and had instructed them on many teachings.
Even at the final discourse, in the context of the Last Supper, Jesus teaches His chosen ones many things.
Yet, He has many more things to tell and teach.
But like a loving parent, who knows the grasping power of the child….
Like an understanding teacher, who realises the comprehending capability of the student…
Jesus knows, that the disciples would not be able to understand still further His teachings.
And so He says, “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now” (Jn 16:12)
He, however, does not leave the Disciples in this state of hanging in mid-air…
He assures them of the Might Power that will follow His going away from the disciples.
He promises them that the Holy Spirit will descend on them and they would realise, gradually, the power and depth of His teachings!
“But when He comes, the Spirit of Truth, He will guide you to all truth” (Jn 16: 13)
In our lives, we too often go astray…
… or tread on paths that are too complicated
Situations and circumstances often lead us away from the right destination!
It may lead us to desperation.
It may even lead us to anxiety.
But the Lord assures us…
… that He is the Way to every solution in the world
… that He is the Path to every answer in life
Of course, not all will be told to us, or revealed to us, at once.
They will be conveyed to us, at the appropriate time, in the appropriate situation.
From our part, what is needed is…
… an openness to His Spirit
… a trust in His Divine Providence
… a constant seeking to know His Will
The underlying principle for this simple, yet, seemingly hard to practise philosophy of life, is the fact that “God Loves Us” immeasurably, and that every moment of our life, is taken care by Him.
His glory fills the heavens and the earth.
His knowledge permeates in every event of life.
St Paul invited the people of Athens… to leave behind unknown objects of worship…
… and instead, to trust and believe in the Living God, Who has risen from the dead, and lives and moves in each one of us:
“The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by man, nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all men life and breath and everything.
And He made from one every nation of men to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their habitation, that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel after Him and find Him. Yet he is not far from each one of us, for ‘In Him we live and move and have our being!’” (Acts 17:24-28)
The greater our trust in the Living God…
… the nearer will we be, to the right destination!
As Christians, we ought to be persons who have our aims set on the “proper lanes” life – seeking Jesus and His Kingdom.
• Jesus ought to be the greatest treasure of our life
• Jesus ought to be the deepest satisfaction in our life
We need to make an examination of our lives.
So often we go round and round searching for happiness and contentment…
But let us realise, that the “school of True Joy and Peace” is very near us!
God Bless! Live Jesus!
📖 Discovering the beauty of the Catholic Church through the Catechism
HOW IS THE LITURGY CELEBRATED? – Singing and music
The harmony of signs (song, music, words, and actions) is all the more expressive and fruitful when expressed in the cultural richness of the People of God who celebrate.
Hence “religious singing by the faithful is to be intelligently fostered so that in devotions and sacred exercises as well as in liturgical services,” in conformity with the Church’s norms, “the voices of the faithful may be heard.”
But “the texts intended to be sung must always be in conformity with Catholic doctrine. Indeed they should be drawn chiefly from the Sacred Scripture and from liturgical sources. (CCC # 1158)