Today we pray that God will help us to respond to injustice and violence with the power of simple charity and respect. When we feel isolated and unsure of the effectiveness of the good we do and believe, may we remember all that Jesus taught and find assurance in his presence in our midst. Never give up on living the Gospel.
Sixth Sunday of Easter –
Of all the things that Jesus could have talked about with his disciples on the night before he died he chose the topic of love. And he said that we should demonstrate that love for him by our love for one another. We can tell the Lord that we love him dearly by our attendance at Mass on Sundays and weekdays, by frequent visits to the Blessed Sacrament. But how are we loving him in one another?
We will always feel the pain of living the Gospel if we dare to live it fully because the Beatitudes of Jesus do not fit with the attitudes of this world. We are followers of Jesus Christ. We are called to be witnesses of his life in today’s world. If it is not challenging and painful then we are not doing the job, we are supposed to be doing.
St. Isidore –
On the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel Michelangelo has depicted the creation of Adam. In that famous picture we see the finger of God reaching out to touch the finger of Adam and so to bring him to life. The power that is in God is transferred by this touch to the body of the newly created human being and Adam becomes a living person. It is a personal touch that transforms a lifeless thing into a living, breathing human. The personal touch is the dynamic of life.
St. Matthias –
I often think of Jesus being so generous in helping others. His love was patient; his love was definitely not selfish nor resentful. I wonder how many people took time to thank him for healing them. When he fed the thousands, I wonder how many people came back to thank him for the bread and fish. One time he addressed this thanklessness when only one leper came back to say thank you. And yet their lack of thankfulness never stopped him from loving them and serving them.
Our Lady of Fatima –
The vine does everything for the branches. It is the vine that draws sap from the earth and passes it along to the branches. Apart from the vine, the branches are empty vessels or conduits withering and lifeless. Depending on our relationship with the vine will determine how we relate with other branches. Is Jesus the source of life for me? How do I pass on this life to others?
Peace is a by-product of faith in God. Trusting in God in all circumstances is the key to peace. Jesus had demonstrated for his disciples what it means to trust in God day by day. They saw Jesus trust in God throughout his suffering and death. The peace of Christ is the firm assurance that nothing will ever separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ.
Jesus said so clearly and simply: “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my father will love them, and we will come to them and make our dwelling with them.” And so we are in communion with the Lord but we are constantly challenged as to how we are in communion with one another, those with whom we live and work, and those whom we serve?
Fifth Sunday of Easter –
How well do we keep in touch with God? Do we have long and hard conversations with God? Are we continuously aware of God’s presence? In the practical order of things, we’ve got to get to know the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. To have this faith our lives must be lives of prayer. Otherwise we can become a God-less society.
Jesus is the revelation of God and we need to be the revelation of Jesus. He desires to enter into this world through us. “Whoever believes in me will do the works that I do.” It is important to recall that Jesus chose discipleship as the method of perpetuating the Good News of God’s life in and through us. Christianity is not a doctrine to be taught but a life to be lived.