May 11, 2015
6th Week of Easter
1st Reading: Acts 16:11–15
Gospel: Jn 15:26—16:4
Jesus said to his disciples, “From the Father, I will send you the Spirit of truth. When this Helper has come from the Father, he will be my witness, and you, too, will be my witnesses for you have been with me from the beginning.
“I tell you all this to keep you from stumbling and falling away. They will put you out of the Jewish communities. Still more, the hour is coming when anyone who kills you will claim to be serving God; they will do this because they have not known the Father or me. I tell you all these things now so that when the time comes you may remember that I told you.
“I did not tell you about this in the beginning because I was with you.”
(Daily Gospel in the Assimilated Life Experience)
A story is told of a pope who wanted to take over the steering wheel from his driver. “Well, to tell you the truth,” says the Pope to the driver, “they never let me drive at the Vatican, and I’d really like to drive today.” Reluctantly, the driver gets in the back as the Pope climbs in behind the wheel. The driver quickly regrets his decision when, after exiting the airport, the Supreme Pontiff floors it, accelerating the limo to 105 km/ph. “Please slow down, Your Holiness!” pleads the worried driver. But the Pope keeps the pedal to the metal until they hear sirens.
The Pope pulls over and rolls down the window as the cop approaches. But the cop takes one look at him, goes back to his motorcycle, and gets on the radio. “I need to talk to the Chief,” he says to the dispatcher. The Chief gets on the radio and the cop tells him that he’s stopped a limo going a hundred and five. “I don’t think we want to apprehend him, he is really important,” said the cop. The Chief then asked, “Who ya got there, the Mayor?” Cop: “Bigger.” Chief: “Governor?” Cop: “Bigger.” “Well,” said the Chief, “Who is it?” Cop: “I think it’s God!” Chief: “What makes you think it’s God?” Cop: “He’s got the Pope for a limo driver!” (From the internet).
The funny story helps us understand that the status of the driver takes the status of the master to higher levels because no servant is greater than the master. The cop reasons out that if the limo driver is the pope, the person at the passenger’s seat must be God! Now, what does this make of us after God sent no less than the Holy Spirit to be our helper? If our helper is the Holy Spirit, then we must be what?
We have been raised to higher levels, not necessarily higher than the Holy Spirit but at least to a level equal in dignity with the gods. With the Psalmist we exclaim: What is man that you should keep him in mind, mortal man that you should care for him? Yet you have made him little less than a God, with glory and honor you crowned him, gave him power over the works of your hands and put all things under his feet”. – Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., DM. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.frdan.org.
Prayer for the day: God our Father, grant us the gift of discernment so that in everything that we do we may live according to your Will. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
SAINT OF THE DAY: ST. IGNATIUS OF LACONI was born in Italy in 1701. He was the second of nine children and his family was very poor. During his early years he worked in the fields but entered the Capuchin monastery when he reached 20. He worked as a lay brother in the monastery weaving room and for the last forty years of his life he was doing the job of begging from door to door and in the streets. He died in 1781.