13th May 2022

Our Lady of FatimaFeast day: May 13



Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima


Acts 13: 26-33;                       Ps 2: 6-11;                  Jn 14: 1-6


In the Gospel passage today, the Lord is speaking in anticipation of his ascension. He is telling his disciples not to be troubled even if he goes away and that they no longer see him on earth in his physical form. He goes ahead to pave the way for them. And they do not have to warry about finding the way to him, because he is the way. The one who knows him, knows the way.

The modern world presents us with too many options, too many ways. We find ourselves not knowing what to believe anymore. Some say that the truth depends upon how we perceive it; what is true for you may not be true for someone else. However, ‘truth’, by definition itself, is something that cannot be contradicted. Jesus is that truth that never changes.

Today we also remember Our Lady of Fatima, who appeared to the three little Portuguese shepherds in 1917. She warned of a world advancing on a godless path. However, hers was not a message of despair, but of hope. Every time when we find ourselves in trouble, heaven intervenes. While she was in the hospital, Saint Jacinta Marto, one of the shepherds, said, “Fashions that will greatly offend Our Lord will appear. People who serve God should not follow them. The Church has no fashions. Our Lord is always the same. The sins of the world are very great. If men knew what eternity is, they would do everything to change their lives.”

Our Lady came to point to the way we must get back on, to the truth we must commit to – her Son. Let us not be troubled by all that is going on in the world. When we find ourselves in a confusing situation, we only have to look to the Gospel and to the Church for strength and hope. Let us hold on to the promise of the Lord: “The gates of hell will not prevail” (Mt 16:18).

Response: You are my son. It is I who have begotten you this day.

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