Archive for May, 2010

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Trinity Sunday

May 30, 2010

IN THE NAME OF RELATIONSHIP

Trinity Sunday helps us to understand God a little more, since it is a feast that celebrates God’s very self.  The Trinity is the mystery of God, but it is not completely outside of our comprehension.

We know that God speaks to us progressively so that we might have a relationship with God.

God’s desire for relationship with us is what distinguishes Christianity from all other religions.  God is the initiator.  God loved us first – but we were kind of slow on the up-take.

Throughout history, God has revealed Godself to us in stages and under different names so that we might learn as much as we could learn at the time.

And so what is it that we are supposed to learn?  Well, for that, you will have to tune in.
CLICK HERE for the Readings for the Trinity Sunday: (Proverbs 8.22-31; Ps 8; Romans 5.1-5; John 16.12-15)

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Pentecost

May 23, 2010

WE ARE SENT

At the very heart of the great feast of Pentecost is the fact that we are sent to proclaim the Good News to the world.   Thus, Pentecost is considered the birthday of the Church.

What we have been given is a vision, but it is up to us to create a mission that guides us as to how each one of us will contribute to the overall mission.

However, we do not have to figure this out all by ourselves; for this, we have the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit has always been hard to define, but it is best described as the wind and a flame.  Notice how unpredictable these both are.  The same is also true for us – we we give our lives over the Holy Spirit, we lose control.

What happens then?  Well, you will just have to tune in.

CLICK HERE for the Readings for the Pentecost: (Acts 2.1-11; Ps. 104; 1 Corinthians 12.3-7, 12-13 or Romans 8.8-17; John 20.19-23 and John 14.15-16, 23-26)

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Ascension Sunday

May 16, 2010

DIVINE EMPOWERMENT

When I was entering the Basilians, one of my parents’ concerns was that they would have to “give me up” to the order; that once I joined, they would rarely see me or talk to me.

During this season of graduation and weddings, the notion is familiar to many families.  Divorce, death, job transfers and relocation all conjure up similar emotions of loss.  So, while we are happy for the change and goodness that our loved ones are experiencing, we are sad because it means our relationship will not quite be the same with them.

But Jesus’ Ascension into Heaven challenges us to look at such change a different way.

Had Jesus not left his own circle of friends to be with His Father, the world would have never known about Jesus – not because of what Jesus did, but because of what his friends did in his absence.

Today is not about divine abandonment; rather, it is about divine empowerment.  But to learn how, you will need to tune in to the message!

CLICK HERE for the Readings for the Ascension: (Acts 1.1-11; Ps.47; Ephesians 1.17-23 or Hebrews 9.24-28, 10.19-23; Luke 24.46-53)

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Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 9, 2010

WHAT IS REQUIRED FOR OUR SALVATION?

The reading from Acts of the Apostles depicts one of the biggest controversies of the Early Church – one that nearly torn the Church apart – that is the tension between the Law of Moses and the Commands of Jesus.

Fundamentally, the question in dispute was:  What is required for admittance to the Church?  What is necessary for me to be saved?

The lesson is important for us today:  We read that it was not the authority of men, but that of the Holy Spirit working through the apostles that this change came to be.

It is important that we respect the tradition and feelings of our elders.  We must recognize that there are certain essentials to hold on to, but there is also a time to let go so that there may be peace among us.

CLICK HERE for the Readings for the Sixth Sunday of Easter: (Acts 15.1-2, 22-29; Ps 67; Revelation 21.10-14, 22-23; John 14.23-29)

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Fifth Sunday of Easter

May 2, 2010

THE END OF THE STORY

Imagine yourself on a couch reading your favorite book.  You spend hours immersing yourself in the story, but then, with only a few chapters left, you put the book down and walk away.

Such an idea seems ludicrous, but it is the approach many of us take with The Bible.  How many of us have spent time reading and studying Revelations?  I imagine not many.

Today we hear how the story ends.  God promises no more tears, no more pain and no more mourning.

And for as much as we have accepted this, these words are actually quite challenging to our mentalities.  Often, we think the old will pass away, die, be left; but God promises indicate a renewal of what is.

What does this mean for us?  Well, you will just have to listen in to find out!

CLICK HERE for the Readings for the Fifth Sunday of Easter: (Acts 13.14, 43-52; Ps 100; Revelation 7.9, 14-17; John 10.27-30)