This is the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today’s Scriptures remind us that God raises up prophets among us. Just as our ancestors in faith, we can have trouble getting things right. We can be obstinate, and not very receptive to those who call us back to God’s way. But God calls us to heed prophets, and to answer Christ’s call to love, serve and speak the truth.
This is the 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time. In today’s gospel, we have a story within a story. Both are requests for healing. Both require faith – one publically expressed, the other quietly. Jesus is publically asked to come heal a synagogue leader’s daughter. On the way, a woman reaches out quietly to touch Jesus’ garment. Both the girl and the woman are healed.
Jesus heals. No question. But what is our response? Paul offers a strong suggestion in his letter to the Corinthians. He reminds them of Jesus the Christ’s overwhelming love and pushes for a response. The Corinthians are asked to financially help poorer Christians.
This is the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time: In our Scriptures today we are assured of God’s presence and power in the midst of life’s storms. How good are we at reading the signs of the times and finding indicators of God’s presence in nature? Are we willing to trust God in difficult circumstances?
St. Paul reminds us that faith in Christ transforms the way we see other people. May the love we know through Christ impel us to recognize, respect and care for all of God’s children, our brothers and sisters, near and far.
This is the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Today’s scriptures remind us of all God does to bring forth life – and isn’t it wonderful that God invites us to cooperate in this great work! God’s dominion is like seeds mysteriously growing, a shoot from an old tree becoming a new creation; we, too, become new creations in Christ. It is our life-long journey of living the gospel that makes the reign of God present in our time. The reign of God comes about through the intersection of our own work with God’s work…and the scattered seed will yield a harvest!
Today is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). Today we who are church, Christ’s body, celebrate with great solemnity the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. Yes, we partake during each Eucharistic Liturgy, each Mass in which we fully participate, but today is special. Today we are offered an opportunity to consider the amazing gift that is core to who we are and how we are in the world.
The scriptures speak of sacrifice. Moses told his people how they are supposed to act in their new home. They responded to these commands with “We will do everything that the Lord has told us.” God’s covenant was sealed through an animal sacrifice, pouring blood on the altar (representing the holiness of God), sprinkling blood on the people (to represent their agreeing to what they heard).
This is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, the first Sunday after Pentecost. The very essence of our triune God is relational and communal – and this God calls us to love and relate in the same way. By doing as Jesus did, we enter into the mystery of Trinity and learn more and more who God is, through the power of the Spirit. May the communion of Creator, Christ and Consoler help us to find unity in the midst of our diversity, and to be more fully Epiphany, a manifestation of God in our time.
Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40. Moses solemnly evokes the memory of who God has been for Israel: the one who chose them liberated them, lived with them and formed them into a people.
Romans 8:14-17. We are more than God’s chosen people. By the power of the Spirit working within us, we have been made children of God and joint heirs with Christ.
Matthew 28:16-20. We are baptized into the Trinity. Jesus reminds us that he is with us always.
This is the Feast of Pentecost, the last Sunday of the Easter Season. The Spirit is given not just to us individually, but to the community of believers. God's Spirit, like God's love, is missionary and relational, and enables us to live with one another in love, with gifts given for the benefit of all. Are we opening our hearts and minds to the Spirit of Truth? How are we called to help bury the dead and support those grieving the loss of a loved one?
Acts 2: 1-11. All heard the same message in different languages. One faith in many cultural expressions. God's Spirit, like God's love, is missionary; it impels us beyond ourselves and our own concerns.
Today is the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. It is certainly a celebration. What a glorious final chapter to the life of Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ! Can you imagine watching a dear friend suddenly disappear? I wonder what the apostles felt? Clearly they did not yet understand. Moments before Jesus’ ascension they asked the Lord if he was then going to “restore the kingdom of Israel”. What about us? We who have the benefit of 2,000+ years of hindsight, what do we understand?
Jesus’ ascension is a vote of confidence in us. It is our turn to live in the world and fulfill his mission.
We have only to read today’s Gospel to learn what is asked of us. We are to proclaim the gospel to everyone. That’s it. That’s all. Simple. The message to us is often not an easy one, but it is a simple one. We are to evangelize all we meet. How? By our lives. Our actions.
This is the Sixth Sunday of Easter. We reflect on God’s love--even for those with whom we struggle--and how we can share God’s love with others. For the early Christians, it meant reaching out to the Gentiles. How is the Spirit calling us to embody God’s love in our time? How do I give the love of Christ to those most in need?
This is the 5th Sunday of Easter. In the Easter season we are invited to a deepened relationship with the Risen Christ. We hear this as abiding or remaining as branches connect to the Vine. Abiding in Christ should cause an ongoing change in each of us: to love more deeply. Our actions in the world should reflect this ongoing transformation. Am I making choices to live more fruitfully for all in the world?
This weekend all of our readings call us to relationship. This abiding and pruning and remaining in Christ deepens our relationship with the Body of Christ, the community of Epiphany, and comes to include all the world, all of humanity. This enables us to be bolder in our discipleship, in our commitment to imitate Jesus, and to be an Easter people, light in the world.