Archives for the month of: June, 2017

In the Gospel for the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jesus reassures his apostles when struggling with their mission.  “Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin?  Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge.  Even all the hairs of your head are counted.  So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.  Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father”  (Matthew 10: 29-32).  Jesus offers his disciples today the same reassurance.  With Jesus we can deal with life’s hardships, struggles, pain, and grief.  Whether a lay off, a cancer diagnosis, an addiction, the death of a loved one, anxiety, lack of food, and other suffering, God is with us in our hearts, our families, our friends, our church community, and even strangers.  “So do not be afraid.”  From what fear(s) do you want God to free you today?

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In the Gospel for the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, Jesus promises salvation to those who believe in him.  “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world” (John 6: 51).  Jesus nourishes us with the love of God.  He gives himself completely, flesh and blood, for love of us.  In Eucharist we are sustained by love for love.  Through Christ, God’s love lives in us.  God wants us to give away this love as Jesus did.  My niece and her new husband gave of themselves each other at their recent wedding.  God’s love sustains them in their marriage.  Their love in Christ for one another sustains their love for others.  How has God sustained your love for others?  How do you sustain others?

 

 

In the Gospel for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Evangelist John testifies that God sent the Son to give life.  “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life” (John 3: 16). God loves us so generously.  God gave himself to us in Jesus.  Jesus loved unconditionally.  He even loved those who put him to death.  The Risen Lord loves us with the unbelievably generous and merciful love of God.  This Holy Spirit of love empowers Christians to give of themselves in love to their spouses, children, neighbors, church and local community, the lonely, forgotten, disregarded and all those in need of help.  How do you give of yourself in love for others?

In the Gospel for Pentecost Sunday, Jesus gives his disciples the Holy Spirit.  “Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you.  As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’  And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’ ” (John 20: 21-22).  Jesus breathes the Holy Spirit on the disciples as God breathed life into Adam.  The Holy Spirit is as close to us as our breath.  This breath keeps us, the children of God, alive.  The Holy Spirit empowers us to do all good things for God, ourselves, and others.  The Spirit helps us pray, discern God’s will, care for our families, overcome addictions, protect the earth, tend to the sick, feed the hungry, befriend the outcast, and all manner of loving actions.  How can the Holy Spirit enliven you to love others?