5th Sunday of Easter
All day, every day, we are making decisions. Ultimately, what we do and don't do, how we respond or don't respond to different people and situations, is our decision. I believe everyone WANTS to be a good person: a good mother or father, husband or wife, family member, friend, worker and coworker...but it's our daily decisions (regardless of what we say we want to be) that determine whether we actually ARE any of those things. In the Gospel today Jesus challenges us to remain in Him always. God never stops being with us, but we often, on account of our many obligations and pressures and duties, choose not to remain in Him. But those things are only excuses, because our decisions are entirely ours. What will I decide to do this week to remain in God just a little bit longer each day?
4th Sunday of Easter
Peter says in our 1st reading today, speaking about Jesus Christ, "There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved." If salvation is only in Jesus, then who can be saved? Can non-Catholics go to heaven? Can Hindus or Buddhists or Muslims go to heaven? And what part do we have to play in it? Listen and find out!
3rd Sunday of Easter
When Jesus appears today to His disciples and says, "Peace be with you," they at first think it might be a ghost. Ghosts and the supernatural are not talked about very much in our current Church culture. What do we believe as Catholics about ghosts? What if we or someone we know claims to have experienced a presence beyond this physical world? Should we be afraid? Can they hurt us? Or can we help them?
2nd Sunday of Easter
In our Gospel, Jesus appears to the disciples behind locked doors and rather shockingly (since most of these people deserted Him during his arrest and crucifixion) He says, "Peace Be With You." Then He shows them His wounds - His hands and His pierced side, still present even on His resurrected and glorified body. God wants to give us a deep, abiding peace in this life. The path to that peace, however, is counterintuitive: it involves admitting and confessing just how much we have wounded others and God along the way - our sins - because to the extent that we admit our sinfulness, we experience God's amazing mercy; and to the extent we experience God's desire and love for us even in the midst of our brokenness, we experience God's peace!