4-26-20 mass link
4-26-20 mass link
A link to the 2nd Sunday of Easter Mass:
Greetings on this the Second Sunday of Easter
Readings: Acts 2:42-47; PS 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24; 1 Ptr 1:3-9; Jn 20:19-31
In our first reading we see even in the midst of conflict, danger and oppression, the Apostles and followers are living in peace.
They lived a communal life, celebrated the ‘breaking of bread’ and prayer.
Even among their oppressors and conquerers, who witnessed their way of life, marveled. Scripture notes The Way enjoyed the favor of all the people. Both for their internal peace and their embracing of the estranged.
Do we live this way?
How, yes? How, no?
The second reading confirms some elemental points. We are not immune from suffering through trials. In fact, how we act during trial is what will be our testimony at the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
Peter said a genuine faith will be revealed in trial and suffering and the forbearance we exhibit are as precious as gold. Yet more than gold but that it proves by charity we really are praising, honoring and glorifying God.
How beautiful the Gospel of John testifying to the Mercy of God! Here Thomas put your finger here.
It is a marvel that God allows us to wound him. Yet he wants us to learn from and be released from the bondage of these wounds.
Do not be afraid. Twice repeated.
Mercy is stronger that the wounds. Mercy thinks beyond mistakes. Mercy calls us to the Divine Life.
Following the path of mercy can be difficult. Our current crisis brings our most difficult trials upon our heads.
Let us be merciful. Let’s live in community. Let’s share the sacred bread that is Jesus. Let us be kind to stranger and enemy.
Let us put our hand into the side of Jesus that his Mercy be real for us and for all.
Let the course of our lives bring honor, praise and the favor of the people so that Christ may be known.
For the sake of his sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world. I ask God to do that. I ask also from you.
He is Risen!
Mass YouTube video link:
YouTube video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ve1-B2I1yDE
He is Risen!
Here is the YouTube link to Good Friday service.
Peace be with you,
So, if you have the time a YouTube of the homily. As you can tell the printed and spoken are similar but not at all identical.
Peace be with you,
My PC is over 12 years old and still running Windows Vista. The problem is Trend Micro stopped supporting the OS. So until I can buy a replacement, I will post via Android phone only.
My posts will be brief. Maybe helping me write more clearly. Let us hope.
Greetings on this the Fifth Sunday of Lent
Readings: EZ 37:12-14; PS 130:1-8; ROM 8:8-11; JN 11:1-45
The seventh and final sign of Jesus in the place called Bethany. Bethany- House of Affliction. Bethany – House of Figs.
Bethany as place and in persons is the climatic pre-arrest confrontation. Lazarus, Mary, Martha are beloved by all of Judea. Everyone even the worst among us respected the holiness within them.
In the dramatic raising of Lazarus, Jesus gives sign of his power over death and in the Resurrection promise.
After this event both Jesus and Lazarus (in some ways especially Lazarus) are under the death sentence of the leadership as recorded in the Session of the Sanhedrin.
Let Us Die with Him
Thomas gives word to the interior thoughts of the Apostles. Faced with certain death, they go to tend to the dead. Even though their understanding is limited, their faith propels them forward to accompany Jesus (See book of Tobit for interesting parallels).
Instead of burying, raising.
During the Lazarus event Jesus ‘snorted in spirit’. See In 11:33-34 and In 11:37-38. The first snort is the effect weak faith has on the Lord. The second is the effect dead faith has on the Lord.
Snorting and Weeping
In-between the weak faith and dead faith, the opposite poles, Jesus wept. For all of them. He wept because we flip between the opposite ends. He weeps for us too.
The promise is made real in the person. By the sign of Lazarus and later in his own Resurrection.
If we must die and we do, then I want to heed the words of Didymus. Let us go to die with him.
For me I have decided to follow Jesus, also a favorite spiritual song. Let us love the living, the dying and the dead.
Today’s Gospel contains the words of a father desperate for his possessed child. “If you can, help”. Jesus replies, “Faith”.
Then the marvelous confession shared by so many of us, ‘I believe…. But… Help my unbelief’
How many have a vague sense of faith. A dimly lit candle of faith. I tell you ask Jesus to help you in your unbelief’.
I sit here among the dead knowing they will rise in the resurrection. I reach out to the living telling them same.
Woodside, NY. Preaching the resurrected Jesus.
Preached the 7:30 AM Mass today. The basic notes found here this site You have heard that it was said .
Now at PBI awaiting my flight to LGA. Bringing Mom to her final resting place. Monday 11:00 AM.
This will be the conclusion of the funeral rites. A final act of the community of faith in caring for the body of its deceased member.
We commit her to her resting place as one among all those marked with the sign of faith where she too will await the glory of the resurrection.
The Church on Earth and the Church in Heaven share Mother now. We with our farewell prayers and they welcome her into the company of those who see God face to face.
May the Angels accompany you.
I’ll send photos throughout. May my devotion to her be give also to all those you love for we journey as a human family and love has no boundaries.