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May 24 - John 17: 11b-19

Fr. Michael MachacekNativity of Our LordMay 24, 2023

today's other readings are Acts 20: 28-38 and Psalm 63

Who or what do you belong to? 

In my case, I belong to a family that I grew up in.  I have belonged to school communities when I was younger.  I was part of a number of sports teams.  I have belonged to a number of parishes throughout my life, and for the past 11 years, I have belonged to this parish community.  I belong to a world-wide community of people called the Roman Catholic Church.  I belong to the priesthood.  But most of all, I belong to God. 

In today's gospel Jesus, in His prayer, reminds us that His followers do not belong to the world.  That statement makes me cringe a bit.  Because I can think of how in many ways in my past life I have belonged to the world,  a world of distorted priorities and values.  But no, I have to stay away from those aspects of this world.  Because, in the end, I belong to God.

Who or what do you belong to?