You are already made clean by the word which I have spoken to you. St. John 15:3
The Kingdom of God needs us!
We are the builders of this kingdom! God became one of us so that we could become one with God. This we celebrate especially during Eastertide. The awful aspects of humanity, hate, envy, greed, etc., put Jesus on the Cross, but He rose from the dead!
In the World we will have to deal with the awful aspects of humanity, yet when we stay on Jesus, we will continually rise with Him!
To bear fruit in this this World, with all its evils, we must experience Divine Pruning! Jesus’ word will do this if we humbly surrender to Him!
I will lay down my life for the sheep. St. John 10:15
We are progressing in our Eastertide. Today we enter into our Lord laying down His life so that we may live in Him. The Cross is the ultimate laying down of ones life. Jesus brought all of us with Him. He continues to guide us to the cross; our life realities. But He does not leave us there! We join Him and because He is God, He rose from the dead. So will we!
In Jesus we find safe passage!
The Good Shepherd, our Emmanuel, our God with us, knows our struggles. He has experienced them Himself! When we follow Him we move from death to life!
This is not some far off reality, but our daily reality! In Jesus, no matter what cross we must deal with, we will rise from it!
And He open their minds to understand the Scriptures. St. Luke 24:45
To understand the Sacred Scriptures, the Holy Spirit must give us this grace. Otherwise Scripture becomes literature. We need the spiritual wealth of the Scripture to live the life of Holiness, our oneness with the Divine.
In the Gospel selection St. Luke 24:35-48, we experience a group of the disciples of Jesus who were in the presence of their Resurrected Lord. The situation was much more than human understanding could fathom. They needed Jesus to open their minds to the Scriptures. In doing so, Jesus prepared them to be the witnesses to the hope that only Jesus can bring.
Through these Disciples, we enter into the hope that only Jesus can give; we have Divine Hope in a world that often seems hopeless. We move forward in faith!
He is not here; He is Risen, as He said. Matthew 28:6
Today we celebrate Victory! The Eternal One, the Creator, became one of us in Jesus. We are to become on with the Eternal One through Jesus! Humankind chose death and nailed Life to the Cross and Life was buried in a tomb.
Great and marvelous things can happen in three days!
Life destroys the tomb and today we celebrate that Victory!
What does this tell us about ourselves. When the forces of death nails us to the Cross, our response is to follow Jesus! We know that forces of death will be destroyed! Have Total Trust in the power of the Resurrection!
Happy Easter! You and your love ones are with us in prayer all of Eastertide!
And being found in human form He humble Himself and was obedient unto death… Phil 2:8
Happy Palm Sunday!
Here we are again! Last year we were locked in our homes in protection from the Pandemic and now, though limited, we are able to come together and experience this sacred time with some physical contact with others, our reality is that Jesus is Lord whatever the situation in our lives is!
No matter what we have to deal with and we know that things can get horrible, we do not lose sight of Jesus! Jesús is the Way that we shall deal with the realities of life. He humbled Himself, God-with- us, so that we can be us-with-God!
Let us walk with Jesus this week! Let us learn who we are and to whom we belong!
The Fifth Week of Lent leads us to a deeper contemplation of the Passion of Jesus. This is the traditional time of covering the images in church. We narrow our focus on these last days of Jesus in the flesh before Palm Sunday and Holy Week.
St. John 12:24, a key verse in our Gospel Reading today, reminds us to allow ourselves to be transformed, to die to ourselves and become useful to the Almighty! If our shell, our ego, can be surrendered, then like a grain of wheat, we can become an instrument to bare fruit.
Let us find time today and every day this week, to meditate on the Lord’s Passion and allow ourselves to be changed!
We are with you in this surrendering of our wills.
St. Patrick is a wonderful example of how we can deal with the reality of suffering for a righteous cause. He freedom was taken away from him and was abused yet instead of it destroying him, it refined him and prepared him to change his world!
We have a choose, become bitter and be defeated or grow a find our victory over oppressive forces. Choose victory!
Our Gospel for today is possibly the most quoted Gospel selection used. This is especially the case for a key part of it, John 3:16. This verse brings so much joy because it tell us, not matter what we have done in the past, no matter whatever we do in the future, we are Loved!
Eternal Life begins now! When we receive the Love that has been given us by the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus, and live in this reality, we are eternal. Death, then, is only a doorway to continued life with the Lord. Living in Jesus changes how we approach relationships and our actions. We live a new life without end, because Jesus Won the Victory over death! To quote St. Paul: “O death where is thy sting or grave thy victory.” 1 Cor 15: 55-57
As we enter that final weeks in Lent 2021, and we have gone through a most difficult year 2020, be encouraged by the fact that death has been conquered and we share in that Victory!