Jesus shatters an expectation and assumption when he comes to his disciples walking on the water. People do not walk on water! In this one gesture Jesus is teaching us to accept what we deemed impossible. Jesus sets aside preconceived notions about life itself. Based on this reading we need to open our lives to the possibility that everyone on the planet is equal. We are all God’s children.
Jesus was not only a great teacher; he was also a gracious host. He had the wisdom to understand that we cannot live by bread alone, but he also had the sensitivity to know that we cannot live without it either. Jesus attended to the spiritual and physical needs of the people. Today his first concern is to feed the crowd because they were hungry!
Loving others is also sharing in God. What we love in others is what is God-like in them. And we love them with what is God-like in us. And what others love in us is what we have of God in us. So, all mutual love is the mutual love of the same love with which God loves us. And so how dare we ration our gifts.
God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son. God wants to shed light on the world. That light is the Son of God, who frees us from prison and invites us to walk in light, to live the truth. There is no limit to what God offers to us in love. Surely there is no gift greater than the only begotten Son, the Light of the World.
Being a Christian involves living with many contradictions. It involves the world, it involves eternity, mystery and the holy, and we must be that sign of contradiction in this world. Once again, we are asked to discover the mystery of Christianity as we live out our life each day in this world.
We have been born again of water and the Holy Spirit. Jesus has breathed new life within us. We are now called to change the world and pray that the realization of what has happened within us will give us the courage to live this new life with boldness.
Sunday of Divine Mercy –
The incredible profession of faith made by Thomas was the result of honest doubt and lots of questions. Jesus does not reprimand Thomas for asking questions nor for having doubts. He accepted and appreciated Thomas’ need to experience for himself what the “resurrection of Jesus” was all about. He had to touch Jesus.
Saturday within the Octave of Easter –
When we look at our limitations, we can become paralyzed with fear and forget that we have all been called to be evangelists. We spread the good news by serving the most basic material and spiritual needs of others by feeding the hungry, clothing he naked, consoling the grieving, just giving someone a listening ear.
Friday within the Octave of Easter –
The Easter story is a profound affirmation of the values of the life of the body and the goods of the earth. Today’s lesson offers more than a generalized affirmation of bodily life and worldly goods. Indirectly it sanctifies the importance of common work. Why else would the risen Lord have appeared to men at work as well as to people at prayer. Common work is the way most people fulfill their service to God and neighbor.
Thursday within the Octave of Easter –
The Christian community would never have expanded beyond Jerusalem if the disciples had not cast off their fears and worries. On this Easter Thursday we take a closer look at how we may be worrying our lives away and missing out on the joy of trusting Jesus to makes us his witnesses to all the world.