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May 16, 2018 - Consecrate Our Lives

Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Scripture Readings

Today’s readings continue to speak to us of Easter joy especially as we prepare for Pentecost.  Joy can be fragile; so both Paul and Jesus today encourage the flock to be protective of their faith.  Indeed, both of them are speaking about the near future when they will no longer be physically present to the community that they have founded and nourished until now.  In this context they “consecrate” their communities to God as an act of faith.

In Acts of the Apostles, we hear St. Paul’s parting words to the leaders of the church in Ephesus. Paul reminds the elders to be vigilant for the ‘savage wolves’ which will come and pervert the truth and draw disciples away. He commends or consecrates the flock to God and “to that gracious word of God that can build you up.” For Paul, life in God is connected to the word can give one life eternal.  Paul admonishes the faithful to work hard to serve the community especially the weak reminding them “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”  This challenge remains for us today, that consecrating ourselves to God means we must serve other especially the poor.  Consider how one could better serve the poor or weak in the community?

In the Gospel of John today, Jesus prays to the Father for protection over those who were given to Him. Jesus said, “I speak this prayer in the world so that they may share my joy completely.”  The prayer continues asking the Lord to “Consecrate them in the truth.” The truth is the Word. The truth is Christ Jesus. Ultimately, this consecration is to the one who sent Jesus.  How would our lives change if we rededicated our lives to Christ?

What a wonderful spiritual exercise it would be, then, to consecrate ourselves and those we love to the Lord.   Those involved as medical, teaching or church ministry can consecrate their patients, students, or parishioners to the Lord. Like our Baptism, the readings call on us to cherish our gift of faith and to live with a sacred sense of purpose. When we live this way, we share Jesus’ complete joy.

"Lord, we dedicate this day, our lives and our world to you! Help us in our daily struggles not to focus directly on our burdens, but to recognize that are lives are consecrated to you. Lord, let our life song give praise to Your work on earth so that Your Kingdom will come as it is in heaven. Amen! Alleluia!"

- Deacon Michael Montgomery