Friday, April 20, 2018

Middle Class Saints

These daffodils on this 29 degree morning down by the Lake are clinging close to the ground yet pushing their way up through last summer's waste.  Doing their best.
That's what Pope Francis asks of us in his latest "Apostolic Exhortation."  God does not want us to settle for a bland and mediocre existence.  God wants all of us to be saints.  That we may not have what it takes to be like the upper class  saints does not excuse us from being as holy as we can possibly be.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Christ in Matter

"Because of creation, and still more of incarnation, nothing is profane for those who know how to see."  --Teilhard de Chardin

From all eternity God wills to become one with the material world.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

One Flock

It requires further growing in our faith to have the mind of Jesus who says "I am the good shepherd....I have other sheep that are not of this fold and I must lead them too.  They will hear my voice and there will be only one flock, one shepherd." (John 10:16)

Monday, April 16, 2018

Intimacy with Jesus

A light snow just a few days ago.
Jesus says, "I am the Good Shepherd; I know my own and my own know me as the Father knows me and I know the Father" (John 10:14-15).  Jesus draws us into the intimate knowledge and love that exists between him and his Father.

Friday, April 13, 2018

We recognize Him

Colts foot is the first sign of spring in our neighborhood.  It  grows along the side of the road.  Sunny and 62 when I went for my walk today.  Yesterday they were not blooming.
Two disciples hurried back from Emmaus to Jerusalem to tell the other disciples how they had met the Risen Jesus on the way home without recognizing him, but how later at table "they had recognized him in the breaking of the bread." (Luke 24:35)  That was one of the names the early Christians used for Mass. 
Our faith grows in a powerful way at Mass as we receive Jesus in communion.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Earliest Christian Community

The picture Luke paints of the earliest Christian community (Acts 2:42-47; 4:32-35) is an ideal to be held up for every parish even today: "They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread (Eucharist) and the prayers."  "There was not a needy person among them" because they shared what they had with one another. 
Community.  Worship.  Teaching.  Service.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Faith Tested

The sudden death of someone whom we love is a terrible test of our faith.  When Peter and "the disciple whom Jesus loved" ran to the tomb they found the body of Jesus gone (20:1-10.)  When Peter saw the cloths that had wrapped the dead body of Jesus, he remained unsure.  But the author tells us that when the Beloved Disciple entered the tomb, "He saw and believed."  The love between him and Jesus brought him to faith.  Through the rest of the chapter John shows us how others gradually came to faith.