Archive for May, 2014

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Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 25, 2014

THE BY-PRODUCT OF THE RESURRECTION

The Resurrection tells us that there is always hope. That sin, death, pain, and suffering never have the last word. There is always a second chance, another way, an opportunity for redemption, a happy ending.

And if you have been paying attention, you will also know that the Resurrection contains a couple of promises: two of which we hear in today’s Gospel. 1) That we will not be orphaned; and 2) that we will receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit to teach us everything that we need to know.

So long as we keep the Resurrection alive in our hearts, we will never be alone or without the grace we need to weather the storms that will surely come.

CLICK HERE for the readings for Sixth Sunday of Easter (Acts 8:5-8, 14-17; Psalm 66; 1 Peter 3:15-18; John 14:15-21).

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Fourth Sunday of Easter

May 11, 2014

SHEPHERDS WITHOUT SHEEP

According to church tradition, today is known as Good Shepherd Sunday because of the Gospel reading that we hear today: the sheep that will hear his voice as he calls them by name.

It is for priestly ordinations, here and around the world. Quite often, homilies are focused on vocations – the call to priesthood – about encouraging the sheep to hear the voice of the shepherd and follow him.

And while this is tempting and certainly needed, I have been pondering a different question this week in light of Mother’s Day.

What do we say to the SHEPHERDS whose sheep won’t follow them no matter how well they use their voice? I have heard more than one mother or father talk to me about their children who no longer go to church; or grandparents who fear that their grandchildren are in danger of damnation because they have yet to be baptized.

This Sunday, we speak to them . . . with compassion rather than judgment.

CLICK HERE for the readings for Fourth Sunday of Easter (Acts 2:14, 36-41; Psalm 23; 1 Peter 2:20-25; John 10-1-10).

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Third Sunday of Easter

May 4, 2014

SUFFERING IS THE GREATEST OF TEACHERS

Our Gospel today recounts the Road to Emmaus. This story which has captured the imagination of so many seems to have a rather inexhaustible quality to it.

It is interesting that no one really knows where Emmaus was. Some scholars believe it might have been a Roman Garrison town, but what we do know is that these two men were going AWAY from Jerusalem.

In other words they were going the wrong way! Everything in the scripture points towards Jerusalem – THERE will be the light to the nations; THERE will be the city set on a hill; THERE will be cross; THERE is where the path of God leads.

And these men were walking away from it all. And isn’t comforting to know that Jesus is still there – even though they are walking the wrong way? No, they couldn’t see him – they were, after all, on the wrong path, but he was there.

And just as Jesus was made known to them, so will Jesus be made known to us in the sharing of scripture and the breaking of this Eucharistic bread.

CLICK HERE for the readings for Third Sunday of Easter (Acts 2:14, 22-23; Psalm 16; 1 Peter 1:17-21; Luke 24:13-35).