May 6, 2012
So great is the Resurrection and what it promises each of us
that we continue liturgically to celebrated Easter
It would seem that a good place to start, as we look at this Sunday's readings, is with the Gospel from John. It is from the discourse that Jesus gives to his Apostle at the Last Supper to give them strength and courage for what lies ahead in each of their lives. He knows that they will face doubts, struggles, fears, and disbelief in seeing Him as the Messiah when His suffering and death happen. Those words, we hear today, can also be strength for us where ever we are at this moment.
It is so easy to believe these above words from the Gospel when all is going well, but what about those times of struggle that come for each of us?
Paul must have come to the conclusion that the only way is what we will hear in the second reading from the letter of John.
Paul knows that the love of Christ is the love that is willing to die for the other, is willing to face struggles and difficulties.
We know that we are to preach Christ's love, forgiveness, and mercy to others. And for sure we are. But how is the question.
We pray for the grace to be able to love as He loved. We pray for the grace to have mercy, compassion and forgiveness even to the enemy, to the one who bugs us the most, to the one who is so difficult and ungrateful.
Or do we, in those difficult times of struggle, cut yourself off from the vine. We all do so at moments in our lives. The real gift is to be able to discover that, at times, we don't love as Christ. We don't abide in Him. That is the moment to pray for our own conversion, to like Saul, be knocked us our horse and then humbled so we can forgive, and love, even the ones who do not deserve it.
In today's liturgy, Christ comes once again to assure each us that we are called, and we are to make Christ present to other by our lives. One of the options from the new English translation for dismissal at mass is, "Go, glorifying the Lord with your life".
Christ is Risen, Alleluia
Christ is truly Risen, Alleluia