Liturgy Reflection

Reflections on the Weekend liturgical readings

Reflections on the Sunday’s Readings and Spiritual Practice: May 31, 2015

TrinityThis 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.

Readings:

  • 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.

Reflections on the Sunday’s Readings and Spiritual Practice: May 24, 2015

PentecostThis 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?

The readings:

  • 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.

Reflections on the Sunday’s Readings and Spiritual Practice: May 17, 2015

AscensionToday 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.

Reflections on the Sunday’s Readings and Spiritual Practice: May 10, 2015

Love One Another

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?

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Reflections on the Sunday’s Readings and Spiritual Practice: May 3, 2015

Vine and branchesThis 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.

Reflections on the Sunday’s Readings and Spiritual Practice: April 26, 2015

ShepherdThis is the Fourth Sunday of Easter. This weekend we again hear Jesus proclaim, “I am the Good Shepherd” and “I know mine and mine know me.” To know Jesus is to be one with him, growing from sheep who hear the Good Shepherd’s voice to becoming good shepherds ourselves. Transformed, we take up the life he has laid down. With Christ our saving brother, we are God’s children and, as our first communicants sing to us, we are called to feed the hungry, clothe the naked -- called to live the corporal works of mercy. We continue to do good works in the name of Jesus, and live in service to the One Shepherd so that all may be of one flock, though of different folds. How is God calling me to become a “good shepherd” and carry on Christ’s mission? What will help us better serve the needy in his name?

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Reflections on the Sunday’s Readings and Spiritual Practice: April 19, 2015

Emmaus WalkThis is the Third Sunday of Easter. Easter provides a new heaven and a new earth that is meant for everyone -- we just don’t all know it yet! Gratefully, Peter reminds us that God is faithful even when we make mistakes. In the gospel, Jesus invites us to peace and understanding through praying the scriptures and sharing Eucharist. Through recognition of the presence of Christ and connecting into community, may we become witnesses strengthened to bring God’s love to the world. How is God inviting me to know and to share resurrection life? How can I witness to God’s love and bring drink to those who thirst?

Readings:

  • Acts 3:13-15, 17-19. God has glorified the one you killed. God of our ancestors is patient and faithful as we come to understanding and as we misunderstand in our assumed faithfulness.
  • 1 John 2:1-5a. We have an intercessor in Jesus
  • Luke 24:35-38. The story of the journey to Emmaus. Look, it is really I. You are my witnesses. Jesus opens our minds and breaks us out of our boxes.

Reflections on the Sunday’s Readings and Spiritual Practice: April 12, 2015

CommunityThis is the Second Sunday of Easter. Today’s readings describe a community of believers who held everything in common, caring for the needy, loving the children of God, bringing effective peace and forgiveness to all. We gather, like the first disciples, to reflect on the meaning of these days after the crucifixion and resurrection. We ask ourselves: what are the signs of his presence; how is he still alive among us? Do we share what we have with the needy, so “no one lacks anything”?

Readings:

  • Acts 4:32-35. Luke paints an idealized picture of the earliest communities. Here, holding all things in common followed from the preaching of the resurrection as a way to care for the community’s needy members - and “no one lacked anything.”

Reflections on the Sunday’s Readings: April 5, 2015

Empty tombThis weekend we celebrate the close of the Sacred Triduum with the feast of the Resurrection of the Lord – Easter! Happy Easter - May you welcome God’s extravagantly abundant gifts of life into your heart and home, bringing fresh beginnings and surprises of joy and beauty! Join us as we celebrate the feast of Easter.

The Solemn Easter Vigil will be celebrated at 5:30 AM

We companion our elect who have been preparing for full initiation by remembering salvation history. lighting the new fire, blessing the water, recalling our own baptism, hearing the story of resurrection and celebrating the gift of the Spirit. By journeying with Christ through suffering and death, we find that love is the ultimate victor, bringing resurrection life. What new seed is coming to life in each of us, and how are we nurturing it? How do we welcome the movement of the Spirit among us? What new life needs to be celebrated?

To deepen the new life begun at Easter, we invite you to continue your Spiritual Practices during this entire Easter Season. Please pick up a white book for your daily prayer and reflection, and check the bulletin and website for the weekly focus, prayer and action.

Reflections on the Sunday’s Readings: March 29, 2015

Palm SundayThis Sunday is Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion. Welcoming the deepest mysteries of our faith…Holy Week shows us our faith “in a nutshell.” Jesus takes in everything this world brings, responds only in love, and is willing to let everything go, even his human life, to be true to God and his own identity.

As followers of Jesus, we too are called to this “paschal journey.” Will you follow this same path, wherever it takes you? Are we willing to live as Jesus lived, practice His teachings and values, love as He loved; and even go with Him to the Cross through what appears a disastrous loss – trusting in the power of God’s ultimate love and life?

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