June 17, 2017

Body and Blood of Christ - A (June 18, 2017)

Divine Life – Now and Eternal

In this Liturgical Year A, the Gospel readings on feast days that mark some of the major aspects in the life, ministry, and mystery of Jesus Christ can be taken as opportunities for us to deepen our appreciation of the profound impact of God’s love on us.

One of the Gospel readings for Christmas is the Prologue of John’s Gospel.  Here, John proclaims, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son” (1:14). 

Then just last Sunday, for the Solemnity of Trinity, we heard, “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life” (3:16).

And today, for the celebration of Corpus Christi, Jesus tells us, "I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world" (6:51).

In the Eucharist, the mystery of the Incarnation – God’s Word made flesh – continues to be a reality for us.  The love of God for us is so great that in the Eucharist, Jesus shares his divine life with us.  In the Father’s only Son, present to us in the Eucharist, we have, even now, eternal life, the life of God’s children. 

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June 10, 2017

Most Holy Trinity - A (June 11, 2017)

Jesus Christ - The Presence of the Holy Trinity – the Presence of Love and Peace

There are three verses from today’s Scripture readings that can help us reflect on the mystery of the Holy Trinity in our lives.

First, Moses’ prayer in the First Reading from Exodus.  “O Lord, do come along in our company.”

And for God’s people in the forty years in the desert, God indeed came along in their company “in the daytime by means of a column of cloud to show them the way, and at night by means of a column of fire to give them light.” (Exodus 13:21). 

The second verse, found in John’s Gospel.  “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.”  God no longer makes God’s presence known to us in a column of cloud or fire.  God is now present with us in God’s only Son, who has chosen to become like us in all things but sin.  Jesus, God’s only Son, is now one with us.

Thus, the third verse from the Second Reading affirms the presence of the Holy Trinity in our lives, thanks to God’s love for us, “the God of love and peace will be with you.”

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June 3, 2017

Pentecost - A (June 4, 2017)



The Breath of God’s Life, the Breath of Forgiveness

“Jesus breathed on them.”

This is the only time this verb “to breathe” is used in the New Testament.

John seems to draw the parallel between this act of the Risen Lord with God’s action in Genesis 2:7.   “The LORD God formed the man out of the dust of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” [1]

The Risen Christ, in giving the gift of the Holy Spirit, gives his followers new life, divine life.

And with this divine life comes both the power and the command to forgive. 

Forgiving is living the life of God.

[1] http://www.progressiveinvolvement.com