Celebrate Mercy

When Pope Francis announced the Year of Mercy last April he said, “Wherever the Church is present, the mercy of the Father must be evident.  Wherever there are Christians, everyone should find an oasis of mercy.”  The Gospels for the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Sundays of Lent have vivid pictures of mercy.  One more chanceContinue reading “Celebrate Mercy”

Ascension

“To them I have revealed your name, so that your love for me may live in them.” – John 17.26 Whose kindnesses and love bring this text alive in your life? How can you, too, have Christ’s love live on in your daily tasks? Put a photo of someone you admire or love in aContinue reading “Ascension”

6th Week of Easter

“Peace is my gift to you.” – John 14.27 Jesus promises his disciples peace. He sends them on Easter evening to be instruments of his peace and forgiveness as God has sent him. Be an instrument of peace in your family and office. Look over the day each evening to see how what the SpiritContinue reading “6th Week of Easter”

5th Week of Easter

“I give you a new commandment: Love one another.” John 13.34 The risen Jesus makes “Love one another” the simple command he leaves with his friends. Love is not only a feeling but a verb, actions we do. Serve. Include. Forgive. Share. Reach out. Listen. Comfort. Pay attention to local and world news events aboutContinue reading “5th Week of Easter”

Community Truth

19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands andContinue reading “Community Truth”

4th Week of Easter

  “My sheep hear my voice. I know them and they follow me.” – John 10.27 Good shepherds care for their flocks, or employees, or clients, or students as they do for themselves. They accompany their flocks through danger, drought, and dark valleys. Hear what God’s voice directs you to do in your daily life.Continue reading “4th Week of Easter”

3rd Week of Easter

“Do you love me?” – John 21.17 Three times the risen Jesus asks his friend and disciple Peter the question, “Do you love me?” Perhaps Jesus asks three times because Peter denied Jesus three times. Live your answer to Jesus’ question this week. Testify in your actions that you love those with whom Jesus identifiesContinue reading “3rd Week of Easter”

AND

Happy Easter to you! He is risen indeed, Alleluia. During Jesus’ lifetime, people believed that when the Messiah came there would be peace in all nations. The Messiah would usher in a Messianic Age filled with prosperity and healing. Wars would end, boundaries would dissolve, and all would be well. They expected a power thatContinue reading “AND”

2nd Week of Easter

“Do not persist in your unbelief, but believe!” – John 20.27 Most of us doubt at times in our lives. We doubt faith matters or can change the world. We sometimes doubt that we ourselves, or people we love, or religious institutions can respond to the renewing Spirit. Identify a specific doubt you carry. AskContinue reading “2nd Week of Easter”

Are We Rome?

  Happy Holy Week to you, one and all. On Palm Sunday, we imagined Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey. We wondered what this procession of palms may have looked like. Was it to fulfill a prophecy? How many people caught the reference to Zachariah in the moment? Was it, as Crossan and BorgContinue reading “Are We Rome?”