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Fifteenth Sunday Ordinary Time Cycle C

July 1o, 2022

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In difficult situations just what is God asking us to do?

 

This Sunday's readings help us to reflect on this...

and it will take great courage to look deep within ourselves to face the answer.

 

Recall that God had given his people the Promised Land and everything went well until they began to turn to other gods and forgotten what God had done for them.  Jerusalem was destroyed, the Temple the dwelling place of God was destroyed, the people were taken into exile in Babylon.  It was there in  Exile that the people realized that they had forgotten God.

 

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In the first reading was are told the story of how Moses told the Babylonian Exiles to be faithful to what God had given them when they first got out of their slavery in Egypt and brought them to the Promised Land.

The Exiles were beginning to see that they had abandoned God and were now crying out to God, asking Him what do we have to do?  

 


We can so easily be like these people in the story.

When all is going well we tend to forget about God and we turn to our idols to give us security, money, possessions, wealth, power etc.

Everyday God is asking us in every situation to return to Him.  But exactly what is God asking us to do?

 

 

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  Moses gave the answer to the people- heed the voice of the Lord and not to the idols that surround you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In the Gospel we hear that the scholar of the law asked Jesus that same question; what must I do?
And the scholar of the law gave the answer of the Shema...

You shall love The Lord , Your God,Question jesus

with all your heart,

with all your being,

with all your strength,

with all your mind,

and your neighbor as yourself.

 

Then the scholar of the law goes on to ask Jesus; who is my neighbor?

 Who is my neighbor???

 

We too often ask that same question, especially when we encounter a strange person, a person we do not know, a person that interrupts our plans and schedule.  Who is my neighbor?

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We may want to think that our neighbor is someone we like, someone who is not difficult, someone that we really want to help, someone who is not a reject, someone who lives a life style like our own, who sees things our way.

Every day we walk on our journey of life, and we will meet a neighbor in need.  

Will we recognize the neighbor that God has put before us?

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The problem is often times we are too busy with our own interest and we failed to recognize those many neighbors that we meet every day  are needing our prayer, our compassion, our patience, our willingness to listen, etc.

That person, that neighbor may physically look normal, but they may well be deeply wounded and just need a caring person.

 

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In the second reading St. Paul gives the Colossians and us an image of Jesus Christ. They and us are a part of making this Christ present in the world. We can see in that image that He calls each of us today to be a reflection, a presence of Christ for the world today.

Christ was able to endure insults, abusiveness,  hard heartedness, disbelievers and even the enemies who  crucified Him.

 



Neighbor who

 

 

In the gospel we hear ...

 

 

What do I have to do?

 

 

 

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The answer is clear; become the good Samaritan.

Often times we will have to pray for the grace, the gift, to be able to do that.

 

We may also have to pray for the grace to be able to see that we fail as the Good Samaritan; we don't have the time, we think someone else should be the Good Samaritan,  and then to thank God for showing us ourselves so we can repent.  Our prayer also needs to be for ourselves that we be given the grace and courage to go out of our way for the others, in spite of our plans, in spite of our inconveniences etc.

 

We know what we have to do!

Don't we?

Pray to do it!!!

 

 

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Sixteenth Sunday Ordinary Time Cycle C

 

July 10, 2022

 

 

 

 

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How many times do we miss the passing or the presence of God in our lives?

Do we think that He only passes in our lives when all is going well?

 

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The first reading deals with Abraham and Sarah. 
 We  remember the story about them when God promised Abraham eternal life and  for the ancients  that meant having descendants.

No descendants, no eternal life! 

 

 

 

 

 

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However having descendants seemed impossible for Abraham and Sarah since they were both very old and Sarah had always been barren and could not give birth to children.


 Abraham is called our father in faith;

but Why???

 

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He was willing to make a journey through the desert with his wife Sarah without much to go on other than the promise of eternal life (descendants) from God.  Abraham had FAITH.  He was willing to make the journey into the wilderness with no map, no directions just waiting and watching for the passing of the Lord.

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Then Abraham  recognizes the presence of God in the three messengers that come to tell him that within a year Sarah will have a child even in her old age.

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Amazing how God works when often things seem so difficult and impossible.   But that seems to be the way He also often works in our lives.  It is seems so easier to experience God when all is going well, no problems, no anxiety, etc.

 

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In the second reading Paul says that he rejoices in his sufferings, his difficulties.  He understood that everything that happened somehow it was a part of  his journey of FAITH that led him to eternal life.


In some Strange Way, Paul was able to recognize the passing of God, not only his successes, but also in his struggles.

 

 

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We have all heard the gospel story about Martha and Mary.  When Jesus comes to their house, Mary's first thought was to learn all that she could from the lips of Jesus.  Martha's first concern was hospitality.

 

 

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The lesson that we can all learn is that... everyday God passes.

Are we willing to find him  each new day in...  the events and struggles,  or are we too busy in our daily activities to stop and see God's presence?

Do we see Him passing in our moments of joy?


Do we even see Him acting in our failures and struggles where we can discover more about loving the other even the person that is difficult, the enemy. 

 

 

 


It is the Lord calling us to conversion.

What a gift.

 


Perhaps  the messages for each of us this week is...to pray for ourselves so we can receive the gift of watching for the Lord everyday; to watch for his passing; to have the strength and courage to sometimes drop other things we might be doing to a later time and listen to what is being taught to us.

 

In this unwanted situation do I  have the Faith of Abraham and Sarah

to take the  this seemingly difficult journey into the unknown?

 

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Fourteenth Sunday Ordinary Time Cycle C

July 3, 2022

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Sign

 

God at work

It is always interesting to see how God often works. Have you ever noticed that many times He waits until there are difficulties and problems before He goes into action, and how often He works through others, even others who seem weak?

Disaster

That, for each of us, can be most frustrating because we don't like to have difficulties or situations that we are not comfortable with;  yet that seems to be the place that God often works.

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In the first reading we find the exiles have returned to Jerusalem, and seeing the great devastation of the city, they are very depressed and downcast. They find that their beloved city in total ruins; even the sacred Temple has been destroyed.

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Yet the prophet tells them to rejoice because God does have a plan. Jerusalem will be whole once again.  
All of their  difficulties will be overcome.  Rejoice!

Obviously they are encouraged to have faith and to begin to rebuild Jerusalem.

As we are able to look back in history, we can see this fulfilled today. We know that  there is a new Jerusalem fulfilled in Jesus Christ.  There is a way for all to have that new Jerusalem, today and forever through Jesus Christ.

Yet, when we are faced with our own personal difficulties and told to Rejoice...well, we know how difficult that can be.  Yet there is a truth here for us today, as there was for those in the first reading.  Often, we come to discover that, at times, we do not trust God.  We may think He takes too long; or He works the wrong way, etc.  That is a time to pray for our own conversion and grace.  

Help my unbelief

 

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In the Gospel reading, Jesus is sending 72 followers on the mission to preach the gospel in towns and villages of Galilee.

Why didn't Jesus himself go?  He for sure would have had great success.

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We can only imagine the doubts and fears those that are sent must have had.  And on top of that they are told to take nothing with them.

 

Take nothingThat can also be a truth for us when we are on our personal journey in personal situations that are difficult.  The Lord might be saying not to take anything with us; not our solutions, our ideas etc. 

When we have been sent on a journey in situations that are difficult, we need to pray for the courage to wait for the Lord, and how He wants us to work.  Perhaps it will not be as we thought.  Are we willing to take this journey taking nothing with us?

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We all know of the many difficult situations and sufferings that St. Paul endured on his many journeys.  He clearly understood the great gift that he had been given in his Christianity, that God worked in all the difficulties he encountered.

Do we appreciate the gift that God has given each of us?

We, like Saint Paul, like all Christians. are called to make God present today in the world.  That means through us His mercy, His compassion, His understanding, His patience, etc. will make Him present in the world today.

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Be ready to be sent everyday on a new journey,

in all the situations that will happen.  

Unknown

Take nothing with you!

Courage

Pray for the grace to take the daily journey!

Begin

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The Body & Blood of Jesus...Corpus Christi Cycle C

June 19, 2019

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This Sunday we reflect in a very special way on the Eucharist...

The Body and Blood of Jesus Christ... Corpus Christi.


 

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Genesis-14In the first reading we reflect on the fact that Abraham was returning victoriously from a battle against the invading kings from the east who had attacked and destroyed.

As Abraham returns home he is met by the high priest and king of Salem, Melchizedek who meets and congratulates Abraham and makes an offering of bread and wine to God to show their thanks for the victory in the struggle.

 

 

1corinthians

Paul writes about the blessed Eucharist.  We hear of an account to the early church of the Body and Blood of Christ given to them and to us today.

 

 

Jesus communion

 

 
It was in the celebration at the Last Supper when the Lord instituted for all of us, throughout time, the Holy Eucharist as a way of feeding and caring for us.

 

 

 

 

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 Here we are given an account of Jesus feeding the 5000 people who were out in the middle of nowhere.

As evening approached the apostles encourage Jesus to dismiss the crowd so they can go home for food and shelter since they were in a very desolate place.



We can see that Jesus had great concern for the people by making sure that they had sustenance for their journey home.

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When we find ourselves in that desolate place in our lives, there is always the Lord who is always present in the Holy Eucharist.

Desperation

It is so easy in times of desperation, in times of feeling abandoned, in times of not dealing well with the cross-the struggles and the difficulties in our lives, not to turn to the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist where he awaits to strengthen us. 

 

Crosseucharist

 

What are we waiting for?

 

 

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Trinity Sunday Cycle C

June 12, 2022

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 We then are caught up in the eternal cycle of love

between the members of the Holy Trinity.

We are brought into heaven by the three persons of the Trinity-

-one who reveals the truth and the two who love us unto salvation.

=Pope Francis

 

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I remember that as a kid I was always trying to figure out how to be three in one.
How could there be only one God, but three persons.
I'm sure we've all dealt with that in one way or another until we just grew to accept it.


Yet as time goes on and our spirituality develops we can begin to understand the concept of the Trinity in different ways, not totally but little by little.  We can begin to see the concept of unconditional love in the three Persons of the Trinity that somehow is reflected in one love.

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  Photo May 17, 7 01 41 PMThe first reading from the Old Testament hints that wisdom seems to be something separate from and yet a part of God.

We might also see it as a foreshadowing of what would be fully revealed later, when wisdom was made present in  the person of Jesus Christ, who became a human being.

 

Crucify The presence of  unconditional love, to accept the will of the Father, and to become fully human and fully God, and to suffer for imperfect humanity, filled with mistakes, goof ups, and sins, so that they (including us) could become adopted by God and brought to His eternal life.

 

 

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It is interesting to remember that those Jews converted to Christianity were able to accept the doctrine of the Trinity, the Father,  the Son, and the Holy Spirit, three persons in one God, relatively easy.

And yet they had come from a tradition of strict monotheism, one God, no idols.  After all, they were living among all kinds of peoples with many different idols and gods. Yet the converted Jews were able  accepted the concept of the Trinity. 

It's also interesting that the Gentiles, the pagans, were also able to accept the doctrine of the Trinity as they entered the church and became Christian.

 
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In the second reading, St. Paul hints strongly  that God is dwelling with in each of us as Father, Son, and Spirit.


It is those persons, giving unconditional love, that we meet three persons in one God.

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For each person, this love is completely unconditional and entirely without self interest. Each loves us with infinite love.

The Trinity certainly gives us an example of unconditional love from each of the persons of the Trinity.
That unconditional love of the Father was shown to us as He created us and the universe and the Father in love is willing to give  His Son, who willingly enter into becoming human and offering his life so that we can have eternal life. The Son shows unconditional love, and is willing to give everything including his suffering and death, so that we can have eternal life.
The Holy Spirit shows unconditional love and is continually  with us and the Church,  influencing us and supporting us, always with unconditional love.

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Each of us in our own baptism, are also called by God to continue to pray for that gift of giving unconditional love to all, even to our enemies.


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Once again we hear Jesus speaking at the Last Supper. He promises the disciples that he would send them the Holy Spirit. Again as we reflect on this Gospel reading, it can lead us to consider God's unconditional love that calls us to be His adopted children.

 

  Again, we can see that unconditional love of God, especially in those moments that He forgives us, again and again, which continually makes His unconditional love present in the world.

God never gives up on us.

Recognize His Unconditional love reflected in

Father

Son

Holy Spirit

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Yet One God!

 

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Pentecost Sunday Cycle A B & C

June 5, 2022

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For some fifty days we have been daily celebrating the Resurrection of the Lord, Easter.  In spite of our times of spiritual failure, the Lord has shone us that death, sin, has been overcome.  There is always a way to find forgiveness and to once again move toward the gift given freely to us, eternal life.  So, why wouldn't we celebrate for some fifty days? 

Alleluia, Christ is Risen.  

Pentecost will end this season of Easter as the Paschal candle, the sign of the Resurrected Christ, is removed from its place in the sanctuary, and on Monday we begin the season of Ordinary Time.

  

 

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The first reading tells of the Holy Spirit coming in a mighty wind from heaven and then tongues of fire that  would change the lives of those in the room when it happened.

 

The Apostles did not really understanding what had happened to Jesus. In spite of all they heard, experienced or been told, they were filled with doubt and fear.

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The rough times in our lives that cause doubt and fear can seem like a strong wind,  and often it is only in retrospect that we recognize God, the Holy Spirit was working in our lives.

 

The psalm that we sing on this Sunday reminds us to always ask for the Holy Spirit, especially in those times when we doubt what God is allowing in our lives

Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.

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Come Holy Spirit

The words of this chant can be prayed over and over as a way asking for the Holy Spirit.

 

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In the second reading, Paul writes to the Corinthian community and tells them that they all have received gifts from the Holy Spirit and they are to use them to make God present in the world.  

Each and everyone of us has been given gifts to use to make God present, but how hard it seems at times to see our gifts.  They can be the most simple things like patience, forgiveness, compassion, a willingness to listen, a word of support, a smile and a "hello" even to a stranger, going out of our way for the other, even when it is not convenient, etc.

But we often think to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit is something spectacular.

Rarely, does God let us see the gifts we possess. And sometimes we even don't believe we have any of the gifts of the Spirit. What a lie.

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Recognize that Jesus comes to us often, saying, " Peace be with you."

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We hear this in the Gospel, and also that we are being sent into the world everyday and in every situation to make the mercy of God present to all we encounter.  Even in the most trying time and situation, we can pray that we will recognize Jesus is with us, giving us peace and the promise of the Holy Spirit, but like those in the the readings, we must wait. 

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Let's hope this Pentecost will be, for each of us, a time to see the Holy Spirit inspiring us in all the events in our lives.

The Spirit is there even showing us our sins and giving us courage, time after time, to seek God's mercy and forgiveness, which will always be there.

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Here are the words to the Sequence we will hear before the reading of the Gospel.  They can be another source of courage for each of us.

Sequence – Veni, Sancte Spiritus

Come, Holy Spirit, come!
And from your celestial home
Shed a ray of light divine!

Come, Father of the poor!
Come, source of all our store!
Come, within our bosoms shine.

You, of comforters the best;
You, the soul’s most welcome guest;
Sweet refreshment here below;

In our labor, rest most sweet;
Grateful coolness in the heat;
Solace in the midst of woe.

O most blessed Light divine,
Shine within these hearts of yours,
And our inmost being fill!

Where you are not, we have naught,
Nothing good in deed or thought,
Nothing free from taint of ill.

Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
On our dryness pour your dew;
Wash the stains of guilt away:

Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
Guide the steps that go astray.

On the faithful, who adore
And confess you, evermore
In your seven fold gift descend;

Give them virtue’s sure reward;
Give them your salvation, Lord;
Give them joys that never end. Amen.
Alleluia.

 

 

Pentecost will end this season of Easter as the Paschal candle, the sign of the Resurrected Christ, is removed from its place in the sanctuary, and on Monday we begin the season of Ordinary Time.

 

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The Ascension of The Lord Cycle C

May 29, 2022

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We all know the story of the Ascension.

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This, once again, gives us the opportunity to reflect on how we use this event in each of our own lives. How do we apply this event to ourselves?


What meaning does it have for us, today?


Before ascending, Jesus talks to his followers, assuring them that all that has happened to Him, his suffering, his death, his resurrection, has been a part of God's plan of salvation for all.

 
They are told by Him. shortly before he ascends out of their sight into heaven, that they are to be witnesses to all the things they have experienced.

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Jesus promises to send from the Father, the Promise, the Holy Spirit. 

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That same promise is made to each of us, so that we too, can daily receive the Spirit and  become witnesses of the mercy and love of God.

We too, will have to have struggles, disappointments, hardships. But like  Jesus, these are all a part of the plan to get us to eternal life.


Ephsaians

 He writes this letter to the Ephesian converts so that they can have a deeper understanding and insight into the great mercy and love of God.

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Letter
This letter is also for each of us, individually, so that we come to see,  again, how deeply God  loves us.


Paul prays that the converted Ephesians may come to be even more enlightened.
That same prayer is for each of us, so that our hearts and our eyes can be enlightened to be able to really understand the great love and mercy that God has for us, time after time.

 
If we stop and think about it, we really, at times as individuals, and at times as the human race, do  not deserve to be given eternal life.


Humanity makes tremendous mistakes, and yet, we are promised the opportunity to have eternal life because of the great love and mercy of God who sent his son to suffer and die for us and all of humanity.

Do we realize that death here on the earth should be the end for each of us, but, in God's great love and mercy for the human race, He has given us the opportunity of one day, at the end of our earthly life, to follow the Ascension of Jesus and to live with God, eternally in great peace.


The only thing that could stop us from receiving or entering into eternal life is ourselves. God has prepared everything, so that we can enter eternal life.

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Do we recognize the great gift that God  gives us every single day?

We have the opportunity to convert, to ask for forgiveness, to reconcile, and to once again draw closer to  eternal life.

 
We have this opportunity day after day.


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In the first reading, the disciples are reminded of all that Jesus had done and how that can now lead each of us to eternal life. In a sense, that same event is repeated for us as we listen to the reading. Every single time we reviewed these readings, we once again are able to be a part of that event of the Ascension of Jesus. We see His great love and mercy time after time.

 

 

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The disciples, watching the Ascension, are asked, why are they just standing there and just looking up?

 

What about us today???

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That same question is asked of  us everyday.

We know what Jesus has called us to, to love, to forgive even to the enemy,  but sometimes we just stand there looking up wondering when God will solve the difficulty, the problem, or the situation.

 
Each of us knows that through our baptism we have been called to act, to make God present and not to just stand there, looking up. We are to make Christ known in the world for all people, friend and foe alike.

 

Let us ask for the courage to do that, so we too may enter; may one day follow Jesus into His Ascension, into our own eternal life.

 

 

Ascend

Alleluia!

Christ is Risen

 

Alleluia Christ is truly Risen

Alleluia

 

 

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Sixth Sunday of Easter Cycle C

May 26, 2022

Cycle C

 

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We spend a lot of time during our lives waiting, waiting for..

 

More money

a new home

a new career

a new car

a better job, etc.

 

But perhaps all of the above really just indicates we are really just waiting for an inner peace,  joy, happiness that will last; which only God can give.

 

We know that the disciples of Jesus and the apostles at times where waiting to find out if He was the promised one, the Messiah.

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John Gospel

 

The Gospel reading continues with Jesus speaking to the apostles at the Last Supper. He tells them that he will be leaving soon and instead of being saddened by this they should rejoice. It is by his resurrection that they will be justified.

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Jesus knows the struggles that they will go through after his death crucifixion and resurrection. And they're waiting to see if all they had heard was true.

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Jesus at the Last Supper tells them that He will send them the Spirit.

  That same Spirit comes for us everyday. 

Are we willing to pray for the Spirit? 

Are we willing to wait for the Spirit? 

Are we listening for the soft and gentle voice of the Spirit? 

Or do we think we know better, or that the ideas of the world know better?

Or we want an answer right now!

 

 

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The first reading certainly shows us that the Holy Spirit is working.

This reading is about to the first Council at Jerusalem. We need to remember that the first Christians were mostly from the Jewish religion and so those Christians came into the Church with all their Jewish traditions. And as pagans, Gentiles, came into the Church, the question was- should they have to follow the Jewish traditions?

 

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The apostles and the elders were called to the First Council of Jerusalem, to pray for the Holy Spirit, and to make a decision on what should be done.

It's important to remember that those in attendance were mostly those who were of Jewish traditions; they had grown up in Jewish traditions. How would it be possible for pagans coming into Christianity not to followed the Jewish traditions?

 Yet we know that the Council decided, that Gentiles coming into the church, did not have to follow the custom of circumcision; that was a big step for the Church.

 

 

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It certainly showed that Jesus did send the Spirit and He continues to do so even to this day.

At times, we can be like the Jews with our old traditions, and we can find it difficult when there is a suggestion for a change from the old ways.

Are we willing to wait for the Spirit to come and speak to us?  That Spirit that wants to show us the journey to eternal peace, a way which the world does not understand at all. 

 

 

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For the past five or six Sundays, we have listen to  readings from the Book of Revelation by St. John.

It has given us a description of what each of us is waiting for, eternal life-heaven.True, the language can be confusing, but it does paint a picture of a new world with the Lord.  Each of the readings has given us an abstract description of heaven.

 

We all know that it's impossible to describe our heaven that is waiting for us, but Revelations does give us a picture of a place of holiness and peace. It is something that each of us should be waiting and striving for in our daily lives.

The question we may want to ask ourselves this week is....... Are we journeying and waiting  for eternal life, or are we journeying and waiting for the material pleasures of the world today.

 

What are we waiting for?

 

 

 

 

 

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Fifth Sunday of Easter Cycle C

May 15, 2022

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 In this reading Paul is on his first missionary journey that lasted about 2 1/2 years. Paul, with his travel companion Barnabas, had such love for the people and situations they found as they traveled  that they were willing to endure it all.  Apart from the sea journey, Paul traveled on foot some 600 miles over mountains and difficult terrain.  Both endured many difficult situations.

They were so strong in their experience of Jesus Christ  that they were willing to put others first so that the people would hear the word of God.

 

We can find ourselves in a similar situation when we are called to put others first so that they can experience the love of God through us as did Paul and Barnabas.  

Are we willing to go out of our way for the other; even for the difficult one? 


Do our actions give reason for others to think that God does exists?

 

Revelation

 

St John saw a new heaven and a new earth, the future place where all will be happiness and peace.

We are given a brief view of heaven, a place where we will be free from everything that makes our earthly life difficult.

 

 

 

 

We should not worry so much as what heaven is like, but does our life reflect the fact that we love God and show it in our daily lives by our words and actions so we will one day experience this new place where all will be made new.

John

 

 

In this reading, which is part of Jesus last discourse to his apostles at the  Last Supper, He spells it out....

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That's a challenge for each of us as we look at our own lives and see if we love the other as Christ loved us.

 

Love



We may even discover we only do that when it is convenient, or when we have the time, or when we are in the mood.

That could be the time to pray for our own conversion so that the next time we deal with a difficult person or a difficult situation we can go out of our way for that person.





We have the power to make the love of God present in the world today.

Use that power...

 

 

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Fourth Sunday of Easter Cycle C

May 8,  2022   Cycle C

 

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Good Shephard Sunday

 


Fourth Sunday of Easter Cycle C

 

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In the Gospel that we hear today, Jesus is in the temple area talking on the feast of the dedication, the annual commemoration of the restoration of the Temple made by the Maccabees in 165BC.  

Perhaps today and the week ahead is a good time to reflect on His words ...

 Will we hear His voice in the days ahead???

Or to reflect on...

                                            What voice do we hear when things don't go our way?

 

 

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In the first reading, St. Paul, along with Barnabas, are on their first missionary trip.
They are rejected by some of the Jews and St. Paul says it's time to turn to the Gentiles, the pagans, the non Jews, who will hear the voice of God.

St. Paul never gives up proclaiming the message of Jesus Christ, mercy and love to all, even to the enemy, and to the ones who do not believe.

St. Paul received his Mission from Jesus Christ when he was knocked off his horse and experienced quite a conversion.

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Each of us were called to conversion by Christ at our baptism. We, like Paul and Barnabas, are to make Christ present for others, so that they too can hear the voice of the Lord and follow.

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Saint Paul was able to hear the voice of the Lord and to follow, not just when times were easy and good, but also in times that were very difficult and frustrating.

When things are going well for us, how easy it is to follow the Lord or to not even to think about the Lord. 

 
But to hear the voice of the Lord and to follow Him when things are difficult and frustrating seems almost impossible.



But we certainly have the example of St. Paul and other saints who have given witness in times that were easy and times that were a real struggle with doubt and fear.  They have shown us that following Christ in good times and bad is the way to eternal life.

 

Photo Apr 13, 2 45 17 PMIn the second reading, we get a picture of what heaven is like, filled with people who have struggled, have been martyred, and are now in heaven, are rejoicing around the lamb, Christ, the one who sacrificed himself, so that all of us have the opportunity to inherit eternal life. Following Christ will mean for each of us times of struggle and difficulty.

 

This coming week we will all have many opportunities to follow Christ, and to hear his voice.

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The question is when times are difficult or stressful will we hear his voice?

 

Will we follow him even in those times that are difficult; the times we are called to pick up the cross and follow him?

Will we hear his voice?

And if we fail at times, then we have learned even more about ourselves and our own spiritual weaknesses.  That is the time, not to give up, but once again to turn to the Lord for forgiveness and to then continue the journey that the Lord has called us to take.

John-10-27

 

 

 

Mercy

Patience,

Forgiveness,

Compassion

Understanding

Etc.

To all, even the enemy

 

Click here to listen to the Homily I gave on this Sunday at St. Angela Merici in 2010

 

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