Tuesday, VI week of Easter, Year A

Saint Philip Neri, Pray for us

Readings: 1st: Acts 20:17-27; Ps: 68; Gos: John 17:1-11

This brief reflection was written by Rev. Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. He is a Catholic Priest and a Member of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost Fathers and Brothers (Spiritans). He is currently working with the Spiritan International Group of Puerto Rico &  Dominican Republic. He is the Administrator of Parroquia La Resurrección del Senor, Canovanas and the Chancellor of the Diocesis of Fajardo-Humacao, Puerto Rico. For more details and comments contact him on: canice_c_njoku@yahoo.com, cancilleriadfh@gmail.com, canicechukwuemeka@gmail.com 

On this Tuesday of the Seventh week of Easter, the church celebrates the memorial of a great saint, Philip Neri.

Philip Neri (1515-1595) was born in Florence and died in Rome. He lived a spotless childhood in Florence. Later, he came to Rome and after living for fifteen years as a pilgrim and hermit was ordained a priest. He was the founder of the Congregation of the Oratory.

Today’s gospel from the gospel According to John, is on the words that Jesus addressed to the Father at the moment of His farewell. It was also the last encounter of Christ with his disciples.

It is the testament of Jesus in the form of a prayer. This is also called the Priestly Prayer. After a very long reflection by Christ with his disciples, he ended it with prayer.

Through this prayer, Christ expressed the sentiments and concerns he had at that moment in which He was leaving this world, and returning to the Father. With these sentiments Christ intercedes for us before his father.

In this prayer, He expresses the most intimate sentiment of His heart in the presence of Father.  He also, knew that it was time for him to be glorified.

Christ has completed his mission. He has show us the way to eternal life. So, it is left for us to follow him if we want to enjoy it. Eternal life is not just for the future. It is a gift partly given now, and we receive it though our faith in Christ.

Saint Philip Neri, Pray for us

Peace be with you all!

Maranatha!

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