At Home With Our Faith
Reflections on the Gospel for the Seventh Sunday of Easter - John 17:1-11
Before ascending to the Father, Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and prayed for the infant Church. The first leaders of our Church were just simple people who might have preferred to remain hiding in the upper room. They were afraid of getting involved. However, Jesus had every confidence in them. He could say of them, "I am glorified in them." Instead of focusing on their weaknesses, Jesus saw their possibilities and enkindled the fire of God's love in their hearts. He will do the same for us, if we are willing.Read more
At Home With Our Faith
Reflections on the Gospel for the Sixth Sunday of Easter - John 14: 15-21
In those last precious days the spent with Jesus on earth, the disciples realized how much he meant to them, how much they needed his strength. Jesus promised them a Counselor, the Holy Spirit, who would keep him alive in their hearts and guide them day by day. Jesus continues to show himself to us in those we love and who love us. For you, this person may have been your mom or dad or a grandparent.Read more
Reflections on the Gospel for the Fifth Sunday of Easter - John 14:1-12
Jesus makes a promise to his disciples during his final days before the Ascension: ""Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. In my Father's house there are many dwelling places." He promises that we will always have a home. In your town, some people are struggling day by day; some have no stable home. The Good News of Jesus is for them, too.Read more
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Reflections on the Gospel of the Fourth Sunday of Easter, John 10:1-10
The Christian community could not have endured without some people coming forward to be leaders. The apostles received the great commission from the Lord to be the first shepherds of the flock. They took this call seriously, eventually giving their lives for the Good News. As infant church, really "Jesus communities" within Judaism, grew, more leaders were needed to care for and teach the people to follow him. It was essential that some people answered the call to organize the community and call forth the gifts within it.Read more
At Home in Our Faith - Third Sunday of Easter, Luke 24:13-35
After the trauma of losing Jesus, witnessing his death, and then hearing that he is alive, his disciples were full of confusion and anxiety. What now? Can they believe the testimony of the women who claimed to see him? We relive those troubling emotions again this weekend when we hear the story of two disciples on the Road to Emmaus. They are so cast down that when Jesus himself drew near and walked with them, they don’t recognize him: “but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.” The disciples had simply stopped looking for him. Being able to observe reality seems to require some measure of expectant faith. We need to see with the eyes of our hearts.Read more
Second Sunday of Easter - John 20:19-31
Thomas was the hard case. He wasn't satisfied to accept Jesus' resurrection second hand. He wanted evidence. Jesus obliged him.
All of us have people like Thomas in our lives, people we love who are skeptics. They may not have had the benefit of a childhood faith. The joy we have found in following Christ is a mystery to them, or even an annoyance. If God is a loving Father and Christ is alive, you couldn't prove it to them. Their experiences in life have done more to prove the opposite. What will open their eyes?
Fourth Sunday of Lent -- John 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38
The man born blind cries, "I see!" and yet it will take time before he can really see who Jesus is. His neighbors, used to seeing him as a helpless and hopeless beggar, cant be sure it's the same man when they "see" him healed and full of hope. The so-called wise authorities prefer not to see that a miracle has taken place. They close their eyes to the Light that Jesus is bringing into the world. Closed hearts can be more blind than sightless eyes.
Being members of the Christian Family Movement teaches us to see the world in a deeper, more insightful way that prompts us to take action--we call it Observe, Judge, Act. Our eyes become trained to see beneath the surface, beyond appearances. For Lent, let us ask for new eyes.Read more
Can I get a witness?
Easter - April 16, 2017
Hidden in the upper room, the disciples may have tried to console themselves that Jesus' great moral teaching would live on after him. The poor would surely take heart from his holy memory. Maybe they even started a five-year plan to spread Jesus' teachings to other cities. Or maybe they were wondering how to get their fishing boats back. Just when all seemed lost, Mary burst in with astonishing news: "I have met the Lord!"Read more
Sixth Sunday of Lent -- Matthew
The apostles look bad in the Passion story. Jesus had just spent the best years of his life trying to teach these men how to live in the presence of God. They had worn out several pairs of sandals following him up and down the land of Israel, seen dead people raised and lame people walk. Yet this band of disciples was unprepared to defend their Master. When the beloved followers of Jesus are asked to stand up and be counted, they stepped back.
How refreshing! If the apostles, whom the Church will revere in cathedral windows one day, had their doubts and fears, there's hope for us!Read more
Fifth Sunday of Lent -- John 11: 1-45
When Jesus raised his friend, Lazarus, from the dead, Lazarus received an unexpected second chance. Suddenly, it was the "first day of the rest of his life." All his unresolved problems and debts were back in his lap. In the past, he probably quarreled with his neighbor or yelled at his sister or conveniently ignored an injustice in his town. With his life restored, his responsibilities to be a loving man returned. Now he had another chance to do things right. The gospel doesn't tell us how he made out.
How often we say, "If I had it to do over again...," yet the day ends before we make right our "trespasses." What are we waiting for?Read more