Our Lord uses the mustard seed to remind us of the power of faith. It is so easy to get discouraged. There are so many challenges that we have to deal with. If we think that we can do things on our own, knowing our weaknesses, it would make sense to give up. But the fact is, we are not alone! Our call, our responsibility is to do the best that we can do and allow the Divine Power to use us!
St. Paul reminds us to be courageous!
So be of good courage…we walk by faith and not by sight… 2 Cor 5:6-7
The world has been changed by people who were very ordinary and yet God changed the world through them.
God is still in the World Changing Business!
Let us allow the Divine to use us and make “Thy Kingdom Come” a reality in the world around us!
We celebrate that Jesus left us food for the journey and His Real Presence available to us in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar.
We need to celebrate too that this celebration comes from prayer and listening to Jesus from a Norbertine Nun, St. Juliana. In her prayer life she received a vision that we see below. This celebration that came from this vision, among many things, teaches us that we are loved and that we are blest! We need to celebrate this in a tangible way and this Feast does that. When we enter into the Mystery of the Eucharist, and allow its power to take effect, we live the Eucharist and we spread this love by how we treat people in a very concrete way. There is no space in our lives to be unkind!
St. Juliana was forced from her leadership position in her order, she remained faithful and after her death, her enemies lost and Jesus won the Victory. This vision of hers became a Holy Day of Obligation for Universal Church. We celebrate this Victory as we celebrate this Solemnly!
Moral of the story: have Total Trust! We may not see the results of the good that we do, but Jesus will always have the Final Victory!
We have been together through this most sacred time beginning with Ash Wednesday and we are here at the end! We had 40 days of Lent and 50 days of Eastertide. I hope we have been a blessing for each other.
Today let us look at the outpouring of Love we celebrate with the God’s Spirit coming in power.
Suddenly the sound like blowing of a violent wind came from Heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. Acts 2:4
This event, the great outpouring of Love, brought the gift necessary for the Church to exist. This is how we can explain the Apostles going into impossible situations and preaching the Gospel and people coming to faith in Jesus. God’s Spirit is behind this effort.
For our present time we have the example of a Religious Sister leaving her convent school in India and going to the streets to take care of the poor and start a worldwide movement of peace at love in action. We know her as St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Mother Teresa seems crazy if we are thinking like the World. But Mother knew, if God wants it God will provide for it. And that is exactly what God did!
May we be renewed by this same Spirit and help in renewing of our World!
Our World has been through so much. natural horrors like the Pandemic of 2020, wars and other terrible things, too much to mention here. There is too much going on that is negative and often deadly. It is so easy to despair. What can we do?
Live the Consecration that Jesus did for us!
We can change our World by being the instrument of change. We can not change the World by ourselves, but we can change our World by living as consecrated people!
Living consecrated lives is our responsibility and the World needs to see us as consecrated in Jesus Christ.
I have told you this so that my joy will be in you and your joy may be complete, John 15:11
Following Jesus and keeping His commandments brings joy! If we remain in Jesus’ Love, we follow the Way of Jesus and here peace will reign in our lives.
We will find joy in our suffering!
The Cross is always a possibility in our lives, yet it will not destroy us because love rises above suffering.
Today we celebrate Mother’s Day and we thank God that Mother’s love has brought us this far as we live the love that we were given. For most of us the love from Jesus was given to us by the love shown to us by our mothers and our mother figures. Let us give thanks for this great gift!
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!