4th Sunday of Easter Year A

“I am the Good Shepherd.  All who came before me were thieves and robbers.”  What does this mean to us?  What is a shepherd?  One who looks after his sheep, looks after all their needs. “All who have come before me are thieves or robbers,” meaning that everyone who doesn’t come in the name of the Lord has taken something from us by stealth or by force. We can see this is true. What have they taken? Our confidence or dignity, our power, our significance. Stolen or bullied it away. How can we make such bold claims?

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3rd Sunday in Easter Year A

"Were not our hearts burning within as He spoke?”  This is such a powerful text and story. But were OUR hearts burning as we encountered the Word of God this morning, when St Peter convicted us of our wrongdoing, our great injustice?  What. . . wait a minute. . . St Peter boldly stated that we have sinned and our sins caused the death of our Lord, the greatest gift to the earth. We have willingly, and often, spurned His love and rejected His love.  By each of our sins a God who deserves our love not only does not get it, but also was killed because we have refused His love. Does that not strike us to the bone? 

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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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