(Acts 6:1-7;  1 Peter 2:4-9; John 14:1-12)

The first reading (Acts 6:1-7) tells us how the early apostles were able to sort out issues without wrangling or rancour occasioned by discrimination in the distribution of food through establishing the diaconate ministry. Be part of the service in the community.

In the second reading (Peter 2:4-9) St. Peter reveals Jesus as the living stone rejected by men but chosen by God who charges us to be faithful to our baptismal vows as a royal priesthood, a holy nation and a people set apart. If God hasn’t rejected you, which He can never do, don’t mind the rejection of the world.

The Gospel (John 14:1) presents us with Jesus’ words of encouragement to his disciples, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God still, and trust in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s House…”

In this mood of despair Jesus reassures us of a better existence and true happiness that is lasting and better than any earthly kingdom. He also gives us the means of arriving at this better life. “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John. 14:6). He is the way to follow. He is the truth to believe and he is the life to possess. To arrive at your desired destination, you have to know the way to follow, if not you could get lost. The early believers were called followers of the way. They believed in Jesus. They followed him and some sacrificed their lives for him in order to possess him permanently.

The faith of the early believers was not a passive faith. They showed their faith in the way they lived. Their faith made them to do great things because believing in Jesus means doing greater works. Their faith was seen in the services they rendered to humanity beginning with the community of believers. Their faith was seen in the way they resolved internal conflicts. Their faith made them to respond to the needs of the least among them. With this faith, they conquered their fears and solved their problems. With this faith they did not have to let their hearts be troubled.

Dear friends in Christ, as we follow Jesus, the only true way to life, Jesus today speaks to each one of us clearly: “Do not let your hearts be troubled” (John 14:1) because the word of God further states: “Thou a thousand will fall at your right, ten thousand at your left but you it will never approach…” (Psalm 91:7).

NOTE: To all my Canadian Mothers, Mothers and Ladies of Mother of Mercy Parish, YOU’RE THE BEST! I celebrate and honour you all in a special way today, saying; HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

Your love and cares, kindness, sacrifices, etc, towards me, in the Church, in your homes and in the world, are indispensable and can’t be neglected. I pray today in a special for you all and commend the Ladies into the mantel of Our Lady of Good Counsel. May God continue to strengthen you in your respective and different roles as mothers; to ensure that unity and peace in the Church, in our society, in your families and homes, are preserved. Always strive to be source of unity and peace. I join my voice in prayer for the souls of all departed mothers and deceased CWL ladies of Mother of Mercy Parish, may their souls continue to rest in peace- Amen.