Archive for April, 2013

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Fifth Sunday of Easter

April 27, 2013

THEY WILL KNOW WE ARE CHRISTIANS. . .

Today, we hear that we are receiving a new commandment:  to love one another, just as Jesus loved us.

This is how all will know that you are Christian.  Thus it is implied that it is by this degree that we will be judged.

For if we love the least of these, then we will love God.  The least will help us to know God.  It is the great irony of love – it is only perfected in you when you give it to someone else.  In our love for one another, all things become new, as our 2nd reading reads – a new heaven and new earth is created and the old will pass away.

CLICK HERE  for the readings for the the Fifth Sunday of Easter: (Acts 14:21-27; Psalm 145; Revelation 21:1-5; John 13:31-35)

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Building Catholic Communities of Belonging

April 25, 2013

BEGINNING WITH AND LIKE JESUS

How do you build a community? How to create relationships of belonging and empowerment?

Jesus. We begin with and like Jesus. When you look at Jesus’ own ministry, three descriptive words are helpful for us as we consider communities of belonging: Relational, Incarnational and Transformational.

During this presentation, we will consider the unique attributes of Catholic communities and consider how this work is not a matter of creation, but of restoration.

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Fourth Sunday of Easter

April 22, 2013

HOW TO CHANGE CULTURE

Our first reading today marks a cultural shift in early Christianity.  For centuries, the Jews have been told they would be a light to the nations; that all people would come to Jerusalem for instruction and salvation.

However, it took a while for these words to be truly realized.  In the early days, the Jews were (rightly so) skeptical of outsiders.

Among other reasons, this is why they had Jesus killed.  Yet, they remain to this day the chosen people.  God did not, nor has not revoked the covenant established with them.

As the story goes, the message of Salvation through Christ was received well by almost all of the Jews in Antioch; however, some refused it.  That refusal set in motion a culture change in the early Church.

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

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Third Sunday of Easter

April 15, 2013

BACK TO THE BEGINNING

In a sense, today’s Gospel is the second bookend of the Apostles’ ministry.  Today, we hear that Peter and the Apostles are fishing when Jesus appears to them for a third time after his death.  It is a very similar encounter to the first time they met Jesus.

In both instances, they were fishing.  And in both instances, they were unsuccessful in their catch until they followed the instructions of Jesus.  And so it seems, the Apostles have come full-circle – back to the beginning – only now with much more wisdom.

Before, they had no idea who Jesus was.  Now, they clearly recognize him.  My hope is that we can say the same:  yes, we make our mistakes, but we now recognize Jesus better than we did before. . .and consequently, we start to recognize a mistake better than we did before.

CLICK HERE  for the readings for the the Third Sunday of Easter: (Acts 5:27-32,40-41; Psalm 30; Revelation 5:11-14; John 21:1-19)

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Second Sunday of Easter

April 8, 2013

IT TAKES COURAGE

In the beginning of the Gospel, we are confronted with challenging words from Jesus.  Appearing to the Apostles hidden in the Upper Room, Jesus challenges them to be courageous.  “Peace be with you,” he says.  In other words, do not be afraid; do not hide up here; instead, receive the the Holy Spirit.  And then Jesus tells them that what they forgive, will be forgiven; and what they retain, will be retained.

Such power.  We have been given such power.

It takes real courage to admit the power we do have.  Too many times, we are like Peter, or like Thomas – we deny, we doubt our own abilities.

Just as the Father sent Jesus, so too does Jesus send you.  And trust me, God does not send you because you are weak.  You are stronger than you know. . . Just like Peter and the apostles.

CLICK HERE  for the readings for the the Second Sunday of Easter: (Acts 5:12-16; Psalm 118; Revelation 1:9-13,17-19; John 20:19-31)