5 May 2018: “I have chosen you out of the world”

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Saturday of Fifth Week of Easter

Reading 1: Acts 16: 1-10; Gospel: Jn. 15: 18-21

Jesus is assuring all of us, the disciples, through the Gospel Reading of today that we have been chosen out of the world. Indeed, it is true. We are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation and God’s special possession (1 Pet 2:9). But the question that arises is this: having been chosen out of the world, have we taken the world out of us?

The people of Israel saw the numerous wonders that the Lord had done for them. The mighty God had taken them out of the country of Egypt with miraculous interventions. They were separated from the land of Egypt physically, but the Egyptian nation could not be separated from their hearts. That is why, they never spoke of the nation to which they were travelling, a land filled with milk and honey (Ex 3:17), but were only quoting the bread, fish, garlic and onions they enjoyed in Egypt, the land of their slavery (Ex 16:3, Num 11:5).

Similarly, having been chosen out of the world, we are expected to place our focus on the land towards which we are travelling (Heb 12:22), not still holding on to the reality from which we were chosen out of. This realization should and will surely affect our every thought, word and deed. The way of our life will express that we no longer belong to the world, though we experience the hatred of the world (John 15:18). We need not worry. The Saviour is with us to the end of time (Matthew 28:20).

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