Archives for the month of: May, 2017

In the Gospel for the Ascension of the Lord, Jesus commissions his disciples.  “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age” (Matthew 28: 19-20).  Jesus commission us too.  He wants us to make disciples.  Pope Francis calls  Catholics missionary disciples.  We share the joy of Christ.  Through Christ, God loves us beyond anything we can imagine.  God loves us especially when we struggle, suffer, grieve.  Jesus is with us always.  How do you make the presence of Christ alive for others?


In the Gospel for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, the Risen Lord promises the Holy Spirit to his disciples.   The Holy Spirit will make present his love for them.  In the Holy Spirit, they will enjoy a new intimate relationship with the Risen Lord.  “Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me.  And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him” (John 14: 21).  Inspired by the Holy Spirit, the disciples remain in the love of Jesus when they love others as Jesus loves them.  Those who love Jesus keep his commandments to love God and neighbor.  How do you love Jesus?

In the Gospel for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, the Risen Lord tells his disciples he is going to his Father’s house to prepare a place for them.      ” ‘Where I am going you know the way.’  Thomas said to him, ‘Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?’  Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.’ ” (John 14: 4-7).  Jesus is more than a sign post directing us to heaven.  Jesus is the Way.  We experience the love of God through an intimate relationship with Jesus.  Jesus loves us as God loves him.  We love others as Jesus loves us.  So we love others as God loves them:  selflessly, generously, mercifully.  I have personally experienced the love of God in my marriage.  The love of my spouse reflects the love of God for me.  I strive to reflect the love of God for her.  How do you show others the way to God?



In the Gospel for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, Jesus compares himself to a sheep gate.  “I am the gate.  Whoever enters through me will be saved,  and will come in and go out and find pasture.  A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10: 9-10).  Shepherds gather their sheep at night into a protected enclosure.  Shepherds lead them through the gate which the shepherds guard until dawn.   Jesus gathers the scattered and lost.  He shows us the way to a better life.  He is our way to a more loving relationship with God and others.  He is the source of our salvation.  How has Jesus helped you find your way to living for God?  For others?




In the Gospel for the Third Sunday of Easter, two of Jesus’ disciples meet a stranger on the road to Emmaus from Jerusalem.  It is the Risen Lord accompanying them home.  He explains to them his passion death and resurrection in light of the Scriptures.  As they reach home, the disciples invite their companion to stay for dinner.  ” ‘Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.’  So he went in to stay with them.  And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them.  With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight” (Luke 24: 29-31).  The Risen Lord accompanies us too.  Whether we know it or not.  He celebrates with us the blessings of life.   The Risen Lord attended my son’s 30th surprise birthday party.  The love of his friends and family reflected the love of Jesus for us.  The Risen Lord shares our struggles with us.  He is with my wife, a homecare nurse, when she visits her chronically ill patients.  Her care for them reflects the love of Jesus too.  How has Jesus accompanied you?  How do you accompany others?