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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Saturday 5th of Easter

Gospel text (Jn 15,18-21): Jesus said to his disciples, «If the world hates you, remember that the world hated me before you (…). Remember what I told you: the servant is not greater than his master; if they persecuted me, they will persecute you, too (…)».

Fidelity to Christ, the light of the world

Fr. Ferran JARABO i Carbonell (Agullana, Girona, Spain)

Today, the Gospel opposes the world to Christ's followers. The world represents whatever sinful there may be in our existence. One of the main characteristics of Christ's followers is fighting all evil and sin to be found in the world and inside every man. Jesus is the light of men, the light that illuminates the world's darkness.

Neither Christians nor the Church can follow the passing fads. Christ's criterion is the unique, definitive and unavoidable one for us to follow. It is not up to Jesus to adapt himself to the world where we live; it is up to us instead to transform our lives after Jesus. When our secularized society demands from us and from the Church certain changes or licenses, we are simply being asked us to move away from God. We, Christians, however, should be faithful to Christ and to his message.

—Resurrected Christ, give me courage to proclaim You —without any fear— as our light and joy. Holy Spirit, transform me to be capable of informing the whole world about it!

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