May 21, 2016

Holy Trinity - C


Commentary

The Truth of God's Love

What are “the things that are coming”?

For the disciples listening to Jesus, the things they will soon face are the passion, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus. [1]

The Holy Spirit of truth will speak to the disciples the truth of God's love – culminated in the crucifixion of the Son.

The Holy Spirit continues to reveal to us, disciples of Jesus throughout the ages, this truth of God – the truth of God's boundless love.

It is this love we celebrate today in the mystery of the Holy Trinity. It is this love that brought us into being, and sustains us each day.

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[1] John Petty. www.progressiveinvolvement.com

Most Holy Trinity - C (May 22, 2016)


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May 14, 2016

Pentecost Sunday - C (May 15, 2016)


Commentary

Receive the Holy Spirit, Forgive

The last sentence of this Gospel passage gives us one main identifications of the Holy Spirit, namely the power to forgive sins.

Here, the Risen Christ empowers the disciples with the gift of the Holy Spirit when he sends them just “as the Father sent” him.

Where there is the Holy Spirit, there is forgiveness. And where there is forgiveness, there is peace, the peace of the Risen Christ.


In other words, when a disciple of Jesus forgives, that disciple witnesses to the presence of the Holy Spirit. In this way, the disciple continues the mission of Jesus – to bring peace to the world.  

May 7, 2016

7th Sunday of Easter - C

Commentary

John 16: 20-26

God's Glory and Love

In this one short passage of the Gospel, we hear of God's love and glory.

In fact, these two qualities in certain sense is the same with God.

In the Gospel According to John, immediate after speaking these words, Jesus goes to the garden where he will be arrested. Then come the trial, passion, and crucifixion.  

It is on the cross that Jesus reveals the depth of God's love.  "There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends."  

And that love is God's glory.  









7th Sunday of Easter - C (May 8, 2016)


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April 30, 2016

6th Sunday of Easter - C


Commentary

God's Dwelling with Us

Whoever loves me … we will come to him and make our dwelling with him”

These words of Jesus give us both our priviledge and our mission.

The priviledge: what once reserved to the Temple is now extended to all of those who love Jesus. They are loved by God. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit now “make our dwelling” with that person.

The mission: when we love, we proclaim the loving presence of God to all.  

6th Sunday of Easter - C (May 1, 2016)


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