Archive for May, 2012

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The Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord

May 21, 2012

CHRISTMAS IN THE SUMMER MONTHS

The Ascension is most closely related, in meaning, to Christmas, for both are incarnational.

In the words of Thomas Merton, To become more holy is to become more, not less, human.

The experience, the reality, and the stuff of being a person are so valuable that God has made it a part of God’s life.

The Ascension is our yearly reminder to move beyond our traditional Western dualistic notions.  It is our challenge to see the holiness in ALL things – even the things that we believe to be unholy, un-Catholic, and un-Godly.

CLICK HERE for The Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord: (Acts 11:1-11; Psalm 47; Ephesians 4:1-13; Mark 16:15-20)

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Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 13, 2012

LOVE THAT GROWS

This Sixth Sunday of Easter, we are challenged by love to grow.  In our first reading, Peter encounters Cornelius, a Roman Centurion, who requests baptism.  Now, our reading today only gives part of the story.

What you do not hear is that Peter’s encounter happens directly after a dream where God instructed him to eat meat – to do something entirely contrary to Jewish law.

God seemed to set the stage for Peter because it would have been equally unlawful for him to baptize Cornelius at the moment of his request.

As we hear this story, we are called to be mindful of how the Holy Spirit is prompting us to see beyond our own rigidity and knowledge.

And our second reading as well as the Gospel emphasizes why this is so important:  Because our life and joy is the fruit of God’s love for us first.

CLICK HERE for the Readings for the Sixth Sunday of Easter: (Acts 10:25-48; Psalm 98; 1 John 4:7-10; John 15:9-17)