The Catholic Church is a Sacramento church, because salvation is Sacramental. A sacrament is a divine reality present in our physical reality. Jesus Christ truly God and truly man is a sacrament. We are saved by his incarnation life death resurrection and by being joined to his body through the Holy Spirit and the Eucharist.
We are part of a mystery that is beyond our comprehension, and that includes God. However God has chosen to reveal Himself in a way we can’t fully understand, yet there is much we can understand; that God is relationship Father, Son and Holy Spirit. If we are created in God’s image and likeness so too are we created to live in relationship and in relationships are we most fully alive and most united to God. Let us work therefore with God’s help to build strong relationships; with Jesus, in our families, in our church, and in our world. That is when we are most fully alive and giving God glory.
The acts of the apostles are sometimes referred to as the acts of the Holy Spirit. In the acts of the Holy Spirit we read how the early church grew. It was not as much because of the miracles and the signs but because of the conversion of people to care for the poor, the sick, to include the outcast, and to live in unity amongst diversity. Today the same Holy Spirit allows us to live in the same making the church a powerful witness to God.
Today we celebrate the Ascension. The one Jesus of Nazareth true God and true man all powerful ascends to heaven so that by the Holy Spirit his body now on earth, the church, does the same things Jesus did but only greater because it’s to the ends of the earth and for all time. We are called to do such great things, it could be intimidating, but Jesus gives us a very simple process: receive the Holy Spirit and give witness to him. Doing this, will enable us together as church to do great things in the world!
Jesus promises to send a Holy Spirit after his resurrection and ascension to guide us to all truth. But he also says it’s given to those who follow his commandments. God respects our free will and so we must make the first step to follow Jesus in the context of the church to discern the fulness of what the Holy Spirit is revealing to us.
Jesus changes the Old Testament command from Leviticus as love your neighbor as yourself to the new command to love one another as I have loved you. It’s new in three ways, 1) that commands we love all people, 2) that it commands we love as Jesus loved, and 3) it is new because it is His love in us by the power of the Holy Spirit. And so Jesus’s instructions to us to love one another makes God present in our world and glorifies Him.
People think of sheep as dumb. But if we have Jesus as our Shepherd, may we be as smart as sheep and follow him! Salvation is more than just "Believing in Jesus" but it is to know Him, hear His voice, and Follow Him. That is so much more. To hear God's voice is called discernment, and it is not as mysterious as we sometimes think. We can too hear God's voice. Here is one way how: The LISTEN process of discernment.
This Gospel gives us a vision of Life's Meaning and Purpose. Living that vision satisfies three of our deepest desires; Purpose, Immortality, and Love. Why not live it? Let's make that decision today!
If one is honest, it is very understandable why many say the Resurrection, and all we are told about Jesus the Lord, seems like none sense. However, if one takes the time to look at the evidence, it no longer seems like nonsense, but seems possible. But evidence alone cannot bring faith. That takes a miracle! But the evidence can convince us to ask Jesus to reveal Himself to us. To show us the Truth. To help us experience His love. And if we do that with an open heart, He will. How can we know that, because in John Chapter 14 He promises that! He is Risen, and is looking for your response!
A reading of the Passion of Jesus Christ according to St. Luke. With a very brief reflection after.