Saturday, May 24, 2014

6th Sunday of Easter, A

See Love, see God
John 14:15-21

Are we ready now to receive the Holy Spirit?

Are we ready to move on from resurrection to ascension of Jesus? Are we ready to move and walk by faith?  Are we ready to do Jesus' work on earth?

What does it mean to receive the Holy Spirit?

First, in order to receive the Holy Spirit, we need to fulfill the basic demands of faith - know God's commands as a sign that we really love Him.  There is no compromise to sin.  If we love God, we will follow Him.

Second, we receive the Holy Spirit if we we pursue the truth that comes from Him.  At this point, the Holy Spirit starts guiding us through the life that is within us.  He draws us to the know the Father through Jesus.

Third, if we see the Spirit, then the Holy Spirit is in us!  Though this may seem ironic because we cannot see the Spirit, yet, we indeed can see Him through the concrete manifestations of love.  Even love can be embodied.  We are the living manifestations of the Spirit.

It is the Holy Spirit that moves our very being.  In the love that we are, grant that we may see God as well!  It is God all in all!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

3rd Sunday of Easter, A

Jesus' simple presence in the Eucharist

One of the signs of the Resurrected Lord is precisely in the "breaking of the bread" that obviously refers to the Eucharist.  We need to see the signs of the resurrection in the simplicity of Christ's presence.

Eucharistic spirituality is something that affects our outlook on life.  Life is the Eucharist and the Eucharist is life.

The very start the Eucharist starts with "In the name of the Father..." means we are to start and end our lives "in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  How much more if we open our hearts to receive His word in the liturgy of the Word.

Second, Jesus took the loaves, blessed, broke, and gave them to the people.  Our actions reflect the presence of the Lord from participation in the mass to actual life outside the mass.

Third, let us acknowledge Jesus in the Church that is the "Body of Christ."  As Church, let us make sure the Christ's salvific action goes on until He comes again.

4th Sunday of Easter, A

Life to the full

John 10:1-10

What does it mean "to have life to the full?"

First, a life lived in unity with God is lived in the fullest sense because God is the author of life vs. money as the source of happiness.  When we choose our state of life, let us choose what God wants.

Second, a life that follows Jesus is lived in the fullest because Jesus is the way to the fullest life vs. other personalities as our "idols".  Jesus provides the way of life, and outlook on life.

Third, a life lived in true love is lived to the fullest because God who is Love partakes his love to us.  I am not referring to the kind of life of lovers that eventually distances itself away from the source of love, God himself.  How could such love ever survive?

Also, love opens us to the world of the community.  It's impossible to want to enter into heaven if here on earth we do not want to collaborate with our communities and build living communities of faith where love is truly lived.