jtemplate.ru - free extensions for joomla

May 18, 2018 - Christianity: Not Just Another Club

Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Scripture Readings

I think sometimes people treat church like it is mainly a social outlet - a place to see friends and "be seen."  Church is seen as just that thing most people do for an hour on Sunday rather than as a whole way of life meant to affect everything we do.  Today's scriptures remind us of the reason for church and for this Christian way of life.

Read more...

May 17, 2018 - The Integration of Joy and Evangelization

Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Scripture Readings

I’ve started reading Robert Barron’s And Now I See…, which has sparked my own reflections on how my ego has become a dominant factor in my life, hindering my ability to put my trust in God and embrace my role as a disciple.  It’s challenged me to think of the many ways that I think of myself first when I should be thinking of others.  Most of all its motivated me to reflect on the ways I might be able to acknowledge God with me on my journey and in my everyday experiences instead of allowing my ego to take over and ignore God’s grace in action.  I will admit these reflections aren’t easy because they call me to dwell on the times when I fall short because of my humanity.  However, I believe my faith calls me to engage in these reflections so I might embrace God more fully and allow myself to live a faith-filled and joyful life.  My hope is that these reflections and the pursuit to embrace God more fully help me to bear witness to my faith and allows it to bear fruit in my life and our world.

Read more...

May 16, 2018 - Consecrate Our Lives

Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Scripture Readings

Today’s readings continue to speak to us of Easter joy especially as we prepare for Pentecost.  Joy can be fragile; so both Paul and Jesus today encourage the flock to be protective of their faith.  Indeed, both of them are speaking about the near future when they will no longer be physically present to the community that they have founded and nourished until now.  In this context they “consecrate” their communities to God as an act of faith.

Read more...

May 15, 2018 - A Different Kind of Prayer

Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Scripture Readings

One of the reasons that the Lord’s Prayer is so powerful and so beloved is that it is the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray. He wanted us to pray like that—acknowledging who God is, asking that God’s kingdom would come, that God’s will (not ours) would be done, that we would have the bread that we need each day, that our trespasses would be forgiven, that we would forgive others, and that we would be spared encounters with evil.

Read more...

May 14, 2018 - Love + Remain = Joy

Feast of Saint Matthias, Apostle

Scripture Readings

Today’s gospel reading for the feast of St. Matthias is the same as this past Sunday (John 15: 9-11).  It is rich and beautiful and, I think, worth hearing again. Jesus is speaking to his disciples about his love for them, the invitation to “remain” in that love, and the joy that comes as a result.  As followers of Jesus, we are called to remain in his love as well. And to keep his commandment, which is stated twice in this reading, and is simply this:  “love one another.”  How are we to love one another?  Jesus says, “…as I love you.”  Simple, yet challenging.  For we are reminded that “no one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends”.  And isn’t that exactly how Jesus demonstrated his love for us?   We are commanded to love one another in the same way. 

Read more...