On this fourth Sunday of Easter, Good Shepherd Sunday, more than merely knowing the Shepherd's voice, we know his name - the name by which we are to be saved (cf. Acts 4:12). As God's children, let us hear the Shepherd's voice in our lives; and, throughout our lives, let us never be led astray. For more please click on the image. Peace be with you!
The conversation between Jesus and the Samaritan Woman at the Well is detailed in the Gospel of John, and is used in the Mass readings for Sunday of the third week in Lent (cycle A).
Here, we encounter this story, and a reflection written by St. Augustine in the early 5th Century. St. Augustine reflects on the famous conversation. He sees the woman, who came to draw water from the well, as a symbol for the Gentiles who are called to conversion and faith and who are promised the gift of the Holy Spirit in abundance.
For a reflection on this scene, please click on the image.
Peace be with you!
On this Feast of Corpus Christi Sunday (The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ), St. John Paul II reminds us that, in commemorating the solemnity, the Church "does not only celebrate the Eucharist but solemnly bears it in procession, publicly proclaiming that the sacrifice of Christ is for the salvation of the whole world." For Catholics around the world, this day is set aside on the calendar to remind us of the transformative, sacramental power the Eucharist has in and for our lives. It is a great mystery of faith, for sure. Yet by the sacramental power of our baptism, and most especially in our reception of Jesus in our First Communion, we have been made participants in this great banquet and sacrifice of the Mass: Jesus, body, blood, soul and divinity. For a brief video reflection, and for the Anima Christi Prayer by St. Ignatius of Loyola, which both speak to this Mystery of Faith, please click on the image. Peace be with you!
The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that “by sending his only Son and the Spirit of Love in the fullness of time, God has revealed his innermost secret: God himself is an eternal exchange of love, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and he has destined us to share in that exchange” (CCC 221). This God, who comes to each one of us in a unique and personal way, by the very nature and mystery of our sacramental baptism, dwells within us. St. Paul the Apostle reminds us that we are, in faith and in fact, temples of the Holy Spirit. By worshiping the Trinity we realize the full truth of ourselves. “In the communion of grace with the Trinity, man’s ‘living area’ is broadened and raised up to the supernatural level of divine life. Man lives in God and by God” (Saint John Paul II) - (adapted from Magnificat, June 2020). For a brief video and more on the mystery of The Trinity - a God who is Love - please click the image. Peace be with you!
In the Old Testament, the prophet Isaiah tells us what riches await us - await the world - when we live in the life of the Holy Spirit: "[When] The Spirit from on high is poured out on us. Then will the desert become an orchard and the orchard be regarded as a forest. Right will dwell in the desert and justice abide in the orchard. Justice will bring about peace; right will produce calm and security. My people will live in peaceful country, in secure dwellings and quiet resting places" (Is 32:15-18). What an image this is! It's an image of peace, of order, of tranquility and restfulness. Yet, if we not avert eyes, if we're aware of the world in which we live today, we see quite a different world than what Isaiah speaks of. Why is this? In his 2011 Apostolic letter "Porta fidei," then Pope Benedict XVI shared an image that we can reflect on today that helps answer this question. It's a glimpse into what we so desperately need to shape the world into God's will for each one of ours lives, when Benedict said, "What the world is in particular need of today is the credible witness of people enlightened in mind and heart by the word of the Lord, and capable of opening the hearts and minds of many to the desire for God and for true life, life without end". The Spirit of God - the Holy Spirit - is the life that animates the Church, the body of Christ. What we are witnesses of today is a world that lacks the fullness of the Spirit meant for each one of us and, therefore, the world. To change the world we must begin with ME. Come, Holy Spirit! Renew the face of the Earth. Begin with me. For more about this post "Lectio Divina | Pentecost Sunday," please click on the image. Peace be with you!