Lord, transform my mind and heart
2nd Week of Easter : Thursday 23rd April 2020
Acts 5:27-33; Ps. 34(33):2,9,17-18,19-20;
Jn. 3:31-36 (Ps Wk II)
Perhaps at some time in the past, we had some absolutely joyful piece of news but were forbidden to tell anyone. It probably felt as if it were burning within us and that we would explode unless we shared it with someone. The apostles carried in their hearts the story of the Risen Jesus and how he had died so that we might have forgiveness of sins and eternal life. How could anyone possibly keep this a secret? The bullying threats of the authorities meant nothing to them. They made their choice: they would obey God rather than human beings. We should not be silent about justice, right and wrong, or the love of God. These should not be secrets but shared with all.
Many of the teachings of Jesus seemed strange to the people who heard them. They seemed to turn their world upside down — his values were very different from theirs. John tells us why: Jesus came from above, while humans are from below — two very different worlds. We cannot profess to be followers of Jesus and continue our lives as before.
Bearing the name of Jesus means learning to be a very different sort of human being. We reflect Jesus and the world he represents in our thoughts, words, values and deeds. Jesus calls us to be people of heaven even while we live on earth, and we begin this journey by allowing him to work in and through us.
Lord, transform my mind and heart.