Resurrection

Called to Remember – Gospel in Preparation for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Called to Remember – Gospel in Preparation for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

So we are called to remember, in fact to never forget, even on Easter Sunday itself, that Jesus is “the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” But such a memory does not diminish the joy of Easter and the knowledge of the resurrection. Rather, it deepens and enhances it. The two, crucifixion and resurrection belong inseparably together. So shall it be in heaven where our resurrected Lord appears as “a Lamb standing as though it had been slain” whom the hosts of heaven worship “saying with a loud voice, ‘Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and blessing.’” (Revelation 5:6,12)

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Because He is King – First Reading in Preparation for the Second Sunday in Easter

Because He is King – First Reading in Preparation for the Second Sunday in Easter

‘There is…something permanently fresh, startling, and urgent about the Christian faith. It is not a bland spirituality or generic philosophy; it is news about something amazing and unprecedented, namely that a carpenter from Nazareth, who declared himself the Son of God, has been raised from the dead…the authors of the New Testament are not trading in generalities and abstract principles; they are telling the world about a revolution, an earthquake, an emergency. Jesus is risen from the dead, and therefore he is the king. And because he is the king, your whole life has to be rearranged around him.” (Fr. Robert Barron)

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The God Who Weeps – Gospel in Preparation for the Fifth Sunday in Lent

The God Who Weeps – Gospel in Preparation for the Fifth Sunday in Lent

He knows what he is about to do. He knows that he is about to raise Lazarus from the dead in an act of power that is greater than anything they could possibly fathom, but he doesn’t say this to them. He doesn’t comfort them with hope that in just a few minutes Lazarus will be back with them. No, he weeps because they are weeping. I love this because it shows that even when salvation and redemption are just around the corner, the pain we feel now is nonetheless real and God cares about it. He feels it alongside us, because He loves us.

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Swallowed Up by Life – Gospel Reading for the Solemnity of All Souls

Swallowed Up by Life – Gospel Reading for the Solemnity of All Souls

This is the hope to which we are to hold tenaciously, both for ourselves and for our loved ones: that where now it seems as if death and mortality have the final say, we will ultimately see that same death and mortality swallowed up, that is completely engulfed, consumed in the the life that flows forth from the One who is the Lord of life, and who has promised give that life abundantly and graciously gives to all who entrust themselves to him.

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No Safer Place – First Reading for the Solemnity of All Souls

No Safer Place – First Reading for the Solemnity of All Souls

“…they had known God’s love and care through generation after generation and were convinced that what he said was true: “The steadfast love of the Lord endures forever” is one of the most oft repeated phrases in the Old Testament, appearing nearly thirty times in Psalm 136 alone. Could death separate them from such a love? They were convinced it could not. God’s love for them would endure forever and, in that love, so would they.

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Becoming Easter People – John 11

Becoming Easter People – John 11

To be Easter people does not mean to wave around the truth of the resurrection as if it suddenly renders death in all its forms painless or meaningless. We hold on in hope for the time that is has promised in which there will be no more death or crying or pain, and all things will be made new (Rev 21:4), but we are not there yet. Rather, to be Easter people means to follow our Lord’s example of compassion by weeping with those who weep, mourning with those who mourn, all the while holding on in certain hope to the promise that, in Christ, death does not have the final say. Life does. Love does.

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A God Who Keeps His Promise – Luke 24

A God Who Keeps His Promise – Luke 24

Fulfillment is at the heart of the Easter message. Our God keeps his promises; every one of them. . God has promised salvation and what he has promised he has done! In fact, in Christ God has answered and is answering every promise He has ever made. The apostle Paul captures this beautifully in one great exclamations: ““For in him all the promises of God find their Yes! with him! That is why we utter the Amen through him to the glory of God.” ”(II Cor 1:20)

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Till Death Do Us Part?: Marriage and the Resurrection – Luke 20

Till Death Do Us Part?: Marriage and the Resurrection – Luke 20

Whatever goodness and beauty we come to know here on earth through the sacrament of marriage will not be discarded as no longer necessary, neither will it be arbitrarily transferred or transmuted into something so wholly different that it is completely unrecognizable. We are promised a New Heavens and New Earth in Scripture—one in which, by the unfailing Love and grace of God, all of creation will finally attain to the perfection for which it was made (CCC 302) The underlying implication is at once continuity and discontinuity—it will be enough like what we’ve come to know here as heaven and earth so as to merit a continuation of terminology, but so different that it brings with it everything that newness suggests—a beauty, freshness and goodness that is wholly incorrupt.

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Do You Believe? – Mark 16

Do You Believe? – Mark 16

‘”Do you believe this?”” Jesus asked. If we go back to Mark’’s gospel, it may surprise and sadden us to see how slow the disciples were to believe: “She [Mary Magdalene] went out and told those who had been with him , as they mourned and wept. But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it”” (16:10-11). But are we also slow to believe? Surely that is the question Mark wanted us to ask ourselves whenever we read this.

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