Third Sunday in Easter

Neither Presumption nor Despair – Second Reading in Preparation for the Third Sunday in Easter

Neither Presumption nor Despair – Second Reading in Preparation for the Third Sunday in Easter

If we presume, we never try. If we despair, we give up. John would have none of this for his beloved children. Rather, he would have them strive and trust and move forward, perhaps tripping all the way, in their relationship with God and in the sure confidence of complete fulfillment:

“See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are…Beloved, we are God’s children now; it does not yet appear what we will be, but we know when he appears we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

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The God Who Washes Feet – First Reading in Preparation for the Third Sunday in Easter

The God Who Washes Feet – First Reading in Preparation for the Third Sunday in Easter

The passage above opens with a curious statement that can be easily overlooked but, in fact, is the key to everything. St. Peter says that “God…glorified his servant Jesus…” which might lead one to believe that in some way Jesus did not participate in the glory of God prior to his Incarnation, Passion, Death and Resurrection. But that is not the case, as is clear in John 17:5. No, it is not the glory of Christ’s divinity that is in question here, but rather the glorification of his humanity, and this for our sake alone for, as St. Gregory of Nazianzus states,”That which was not assumed is not healed; but that which is united to God is saved”

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