2nd Sunday of Easter Year A

Hymns of thanksgiving to God should be on our lips all the time. We should, like the early Apostles, eat our bread with hearts full of gladness and joy.  Why?  Because of mercy. What is mercy?  Mercy is a price paid.  This is why we need to be people of gratitude because someone saw us in our hopeless situation and paid our ransom. The reality of what happened is this - everyone was affected with a superbug for which there was no cure.  Everyone would die in a matter of days, except one person who was immune, let’s call Him Jesus.   That person, Jesus, offered up His immunity to save everyone from the superbug (sin) and it killed Him and saved us. For that reason we can be grateful for sure.

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Easter Sunday 2017

In a short period of time we have experienced an amazing drama and trauma. We have seen the depth of our sins and their horrific effect, how no one could be killed deader than Jesus. And we have seen and heard Him rise back to life again. It feels very surreal to me that the two can come together, such huge polar opposites, and yet be only a day apart. I was trying to think of an analogy for the experience of what we have gone through. My thought went like this. You are driving drunk with a group of friends and your car goes off the road.  The friends in the back die and your friend in the front is still alive, but not looking to live too long.  You figure that you don’t want to be blamed for this so you move your friend over to the driver’s seat and flee the scene, basically leaving your friend to die to save you from prosecution. However, your friend survives and is in a coma.  Everyone hates your friend because they think your friend’s actions have killed two people.  Not only that, but if he comes out he will be prosecuted for your actions. The guilt and shame you must feel now that you have sobered up. 

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Passion Sunday Year A

Today we will see quite a change in the Liturgy and we will see a similar change with the next few Liturgies that we will experience. You will be in processions.  You will see readings read out in three parts. You will see or participate in feet washing.  The Cross will be revealed to you.  At the Vigil, a glimpse of salvation history will be revealed where we go back in time to look at the promises and revelation that God has given to His people and witness how they were all fulfilled. Why such a change?  Because these Liturgies are meant to help us encounter Jesus, to experience the Passion, to pray like Jesus did for all those who need redemption. Yes, Holy Mother Church is inviting you into the greatest story ever told. It is greater than all the fairy tales, the wildest movies because none of them ever had such great and sacrificing love for their beloved.  No one has ever suffered so much and with so much love and in no story has a god ever offered himself for ungrateful people and none of them brought themselves from the dead. This is the most amazing event in history and it is brought to us now in the flesh, to be experienced this Holy Week. Yes, my brothers and sisters, this is made to be a life changing experience and encounter with God like never experienced before.

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5th Sunday in Lent Year A

This Sunday I was struck by the Gospel.  I was stuck today because what happened is something I often struggle with. In the first part, when Jesus is informed that Lazarus is dying, he tells the Apostles that the illness will not lead to death, but for the glory of God. Next, He tells the Apostles that Lazarus is dead. To me, I would have been hurt by that because I believed Jesus at His word that Lazarus would not die and yet Lazarus did die. This often a problem I have, that I expect Jesus to work in certain ways. It is true that Lazarus didn’t die in the long run but if I was an Apostle I would have left Jesus at this point and I would have not seen the Resurrection.  This happens often with us as we are following God.  He doesn’t work as we think He should have and we leave Him before we get to see the full outcome of the situation. What started as a tragedy ended as an amazing resurrection experience.

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