Archive for April, 2010

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Fourth Sunday of Easter

April 25, 2010

GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY

The Gospel looks at Jesus as the true shepherd; one that has three characteristics:  knowing, leading, and life-giving.

It is hard to really know someone because it requires real patience.

Leading is equally as challenging because real leaders must know the difference between power and authority.

Giving your life is an obvious challenge, and centers around love as a choice.

In the end, we wonder why some of us hear God’s call so clearly, but others struggle so much.

So join us as we reflect on Jesus as the shepherd of our own lives.

CLICK HERE for the Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Easter: (Acts 13:14,43-52; Ps 100; Revelation 7:9,14b-17; John 10-27-30)

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Third Sunday of Easter

April 18, 2010
THE DIFFICULTY OF DISCIPLESHIP

St. Gregory the Great said that “the proof of love is in the works.  Where love exists, it works great things, but when it ceases to act, it ceases to exist.”

Today’s Gospel is all about the difficulty of discipleship.

The first difficulty:  knowing we should do something, but when faced with too many difficult decisions, we just take the easy way out – we keep doing what we have always done.

The second difficulty:  admitting our failures, because we will fail and starting all over again.

The third difficulty:  we will be led where we don’t want to go; do things we don’t want to do.  We will be forced to grow and to follow.

What does all this mean for you?  You’ll just have to tune in to find out!

CLICK HERE for the Readings for Easter Sunday: (Acts 5.28-32, 40-41; Ps 30; Revelation 5.11-14; John 21.1-19)

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Second Sunday of Easter

April 11, 2010

THE BENEFIT OF DOUBT

Thomas is often thought of as the “bad” disciple, but I believe we are often quite jealous of him.  How many of us wouldn’t want the assurance that comes with a touch into the side of Jesus?

Sadly, too many of us are satisfied with a “blind” faith.  We have so many questions, but we do not seek answers because we have been taught you should not question the Church.In 2003, during his Sunday Angelus, Pope John Paul II made the problem quite clear:

“Often our knowledge of Christianity is taken for granted; in truth the bible is rarely read and scarcely studied, catechesis is often shallow, and the sacraments are hardly received. Therefore, instead of an authentic faith, a vague religious sentiment is spread, which easily turns into agnosticism and practical atheism.”

So join us as we seek to understand a little bit more about the debate between science and religion as we relay on the words of Albert Einstein to respond to the late Pope’s concern.

CLICK HERE for the Readings for Easter Sunday: (Acts 5.12-16; Ps 118; Revelation 1.9-11, 12-13, 17-19; John 20.19-31)

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What Keeps Us From Commitment?

April 9, 2010

I was recently asked to celebrate Mass for a group of young adults in Toronto during the Easter Octave.  This recording is a sort of homily/talk on commitment – more specifically, what keeps so many young people today from making commitments in their life.

The focus was on three reasons (though you could most certainly articulate more):  fear, the desire to keep your options open, and a lack of vision.

May we all pray we see beyond these reasons and remember that we are to be agents of hope in the world.

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Easter Sunday

April 4, 2010

THE MEANING LIES IN OUR POTENTIAL

It is for us to take the resurrection for granted; after all, it is such a popular notion in our modern world. However, I am not sure we understand it much better than the first Christians did.

Do we really understand what God has done for us? In order to answer this question, we must also answer why the resurrection is so necessary? (and it is far too easy to say, “so that we could be freed from sin”) I do not believe we can really understand the meaning of the resurrection without also understanding the meaning behind our own free will.

To find out why this is so necessary, you’ll simply have to tune in, but I will give you the punchline: The resurrection complete the choice that we have been given by God. It is the ultimate answer to why we have free will. In the resurrection, we understand the height of our potential.

CLICK HERE for the Readings for Easter Sunday: (Acts 10:34a, 37-43; Ps 118; I Corinthians 5:6b-8; John 20:1-9)

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Holy Thursday

April 2, 2010

A NEW FAMILY IN CHRIST

We often forget that the Last Supper was a family affair, because after all that they had been through with Jesus, and all that they had left behind, the apostles had become a family.

Families are groups of people who are bonded by love, time, sharing and concern for the other.  In a special way, we are created as a new family in Christ.  Together, we share a meal and we look out for one another.  By doing so, we give witness to God.

However many of us are like Peter in the story:  we don’t want to accept help or service.  But we learn from experience as well as from the Gospel – service brings joy.  By design, we are made to serve one another.

CLICK HERE for the Readings for Holy Thursday:  (Exodus 12:1-8,11-14; Ps 116; I Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-15)