Wednesday of the 7th Week of Easter

John 17:11b-19

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2016 Wednesday of the 7th Week of Easter

Acts 20:28-38; Jn 17:11-19

“In the World, Not of the World”

Jesus does not ask the Father to take away the temptation that surrounds us or to remove the evil from the world. He prays, “I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.”

“IN THE WORLD” but not “OF THE WORLD.” What a great way to describe the Christian life!

We need to make the careful distinction between being IN THE WORLD but NOT OF THE WORLD. Make the distinction between WHERE WE ARE and WHO WE ARE; between what is PROFITABLE for this world and what is PROFITABLE for salvation; between the gods of this age and the only true God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Misinterpreting this statement many self appointed prophets take their followers to separate communes and force them to live out of this world. When Jesus prays to the Father that the Father would ‘keep’ His disciples, He does not ask that He transports them out of this world, or to relocate them to a commune or a remote island reserved just for the baptized.

They are to be the ‘salt of the earth’ and the ‘light of the world.’ (Mat.5:13-14). And so are we. We’ve got to be in the world in order to ‘salt’ it and ‘light’ it. The Baptized are in the world, in the society, in the workplaces, in the schools, in the community, in the college dorms, in the classrooms, in friendships, in the family… IN THE WORLD. What would this world be if the baptized in Christ were not in it?

But to be ‘in the world’ does not mean that we are to be “of the world.” To be ‘of the world’ means to be driven by the particular ways of thinking and acting that are contrary to God’s thoughts and God’s ways. When Paul writes to the Ephesians, he asks them to look at their life after baptism and before baptism. “You WERE dead in your trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course OF THIS WORLD… the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience.” (Eph.2:2). ‘But you have a different Spirit at work in you and you follow the course of the Holy Spirit that is at work in the sons of obedience’.Fr. Nithin Francis CMI

Source: navchetana.com/web/homilies.php?date=2016-05-11

2018 Wednesday of the 7th Week of Easter

Acts 20:28-38;  Psalm 68:29-30, 33-36; Gospel JN 17:11B-19

“In the World, Not of the World”

Jesus does not ask the Father to take away the temptation that surrounds us or to remove the evil from the world. He prays, “I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.”

“IN THE WORLD” but not “OF THE WORLD.” What a great way to describe the Christian life. We need to make the careful distinction between being IN THE WORLD but NOT OF THE WORLD! Make the  distinction between WHERE WE ARE and WHO WE ARE; between what is PROFITABLE in this world and what is PROFITABLE for salvation; between the gods of this age and the only true God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Misinterpreting this statement many self-appointed prophets take their followers to separate communes and force them to live out of this world. When Jesus prays to the Father that the Father would “keep” His disciples, He does not ask that He transport them out of this world, or to relocate them to a commune or a remote island just for the baptized.

They are to be the ‘salt of the earth’ and the ‘light of the world.’ (Mat.5:13-14). And so are we. We’ve got to be in the world in order to ‘salt’ it and ‘light’ it. The Baptized are in the world, in society, in the workforce, in the schools, in the community, in the college dorms, in the classrooms, in friendships, in the family… IN THE WORLD. What would this world be if the Baptized in Christ were not in it?

But to be ‘in the world’ does not mean that we are to be “of the world.” To be ‘of the world’ means to be driven by the particular ways of thinking and acting that are contrary to God’s thoughts and God’s ways. When Paul writes to the Ephesians, he asks them to look at their life after baptism verses before baptism. “You WERE dead in your trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course OF THIS WORLD… the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience.” (Eph.2:2). But you have a different Spirit at work in you and you follow the course of the Holy Spirit that is at work in the sons of obedience. Fr. Nithin Vaidhykaran CMI

Source: navchetana.com/web/homilies.php?date=2018-05-16

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