Archive for May, 2013

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Solemnity of Pentecost

May 19, 2013

RECEIVING IS DIFFICULT

What do you most want to know?

  • How to let go?  Of the stress?  Of the crippling weight of worry?
  • How to be more aware?  Of the goodness of others?  Of the beauty in the world?
  • How to transform the ordinary movements of life into sacred experiences of God?
  • How to move beyond toleration . . . of others. . . of life. . . of work. . . to praise?

Yes.  Emphatically yes!  For to do all of those things is to know how to love God. . . which is, after all, what we say we are about.

Jesus tells us that the Holy Spirit will teach us everything that we need to know and remind us of everything that He taught us.  Which means we need to practice awareness so that we can recognize the Holy Spirit.

And if we say that we are willing to receive the Holy Spirit, then that has consequences.  It requires discipline.  It is like saying I am going to quit smoking or lose weight.  In fact, it is very much like that because it is just as hard.

CLICK HERE  for the readings for Pentecost: (Acts 2:1-11; Psalm 104; 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13; John 14:15-16, 23-26)

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The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

May 12, 2013

JOY IS NOT IN THE RESULTS; RATHER, THE PROCESS

In our Gospel, we hear that, after Jesus ascended, the Apostles went to Jerusalem with joy. Joy? It is not exactly the response I would imagine after their teacher and friend left there presence.

Is it because he had already died? It is because of his blessing to them? Or is it because of his promise of the Holy Spirit that they would receive?

Could they possibly have known just how important the ascension is for our humanity? Could they have understood that our lowly humanity through Christ’s humanity has been transformed and elevated beyond the limitations of space and time?

Perhaps, yes, because of all of these things. But perhaps it is because they finally understood their own purpose. Jesus is now gone after all; and it is now up to them to proclaim his message. They seem to know that now.

CLICK HERE  for the readings for the Ascension of our Lord: (Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47; Ephesians 1:17-23; Luke 24:46-53)

As referenced in the homily, linked here is the story from The Agenda about resilience and children:  http://ww3.tvo.org/video/191019/resilience-children

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Restoring Our Creative Culture: Part Three

May 8, 2013

HOW DO WE RECEIVE THE NEW CREATIVITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT?

What words do you associate with the Holy Spirit?  How do you understand her role in your life?

If we follow our tradition, then we might say that the Holy Spirit is the source of our creativity.  This means that creativity is indeed a gift, but we also understand creativity as a skill and discipline.

Have you ever paid attention to the amount of time artists spend practicing their trade?  Real creativity is not random or flighty; rather it is a discipline to love something which we never feel we fully perfect.

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Restoring Our Creative Culture: Part Two

May 7, 2013

HOW DO WE BELONG TO A COMMUNITY & CULTURE?

If you have ever been around old buildings, then you will probably know the difference between building and restoring.  Building is much easier, for it does not begin with a history.  Restoring has to start with what was and consider what might be.  There are lots of builders, but there are not near as many restorers out there.

We are called to be restorers.  We are called to renew, with the help of the Holy Spirit, what God has created.

Such work begins with our language – the way we listen and speak to one another.  It sounds simple, but words do create reality.

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Restoring Our Creative Culture: Part One

May 6, 2013

HOW DO WE BUILD UP ONE BODY?

Christians are story-tellers – our mission is to announce, to tell, to share.  Contrary to popular belief, our faith is not about learn to do as it is learning to be.  After all, everything we have is given to us by God – we are receivers of a great treasury that we assimilate into our personal experience.

So how to we speak of that treasury?  Of that experience?  How do we tell our story?

We begin our mission together with an emphasis on articulating our story and learning to listen to the stories of others.

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Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 5, 2013

OBEDIENCE THAT LEADS TO PEACE

This Sunday, our first reading describes the Council of Jerusalem:  a meeting of the apostles and elders to discuss the necessity of the Mosaic Law for salvation.  This law stated, among other things, that circumcision was a requirement for salvation; furthermore, it is a law that Jesus kept and never challenged.

However, Peter on the impulse of the Holy Spirit baptized the household of a Roman Centurian without requiring circumcision.  Likewise, Paul extended the Faith to the Gentiles who where also uncircumcised.

It was the task of this council to clarify what was necessary for salvation.  But this is not the central issue at hand for us this Sunday; rather, it is how we find peace in our lives when change is all around us?

The Gospel answers this question for us:  all that we need to know will be provided by the Holy Spirit.  If we follow these instructions, then the peace of Christ will be with us.

CLICK HERE  for the readings for the the Sixth Sunday of Easter: (Acts 15:1-2, 22-29; Psalm 67; Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23; John 14:23-29)