May 26, 2019
6th Sunday of Easter
Theology has two words to describe the space between God and us – transcendent and immanent. When we say God is transcendent, we speak of the One whose ways are not our ways, the placer of stars and maker of mountains. This is God who transcends our understanding, whose being goes beyond what we can know. When we say God is immanent, we mean His nearness to us. This is the way Jesus speaks of himself in today’s Gospel. “Whoever loves me keeps my word…and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.”
The Hebrews saw God as intimately involved with the fate of their people. But for all His care, God was still distant to most. He spoke through prophets and was represented in blazes of fire and pillars of cloud. Priests offered animal sacrifice to atone for the nation’s sins. While we still know that God is transcendent – any morning’s resplendent sunrise confirms this – Jesus introduces us to himself in a new way. Not only does Jesus walk among us, but the Holy Spirit dwells within us. “The Advocate, the Holy Spirit…will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I told you. Peace I leave with you!”
How do you tend to view God? For many of us, the transcendent sense of a distant God might fill our perception. Today’s Gospel reminds us of something altogether different, something more intimate. Our God remains with us. He overcomes the confusion of the world and speaks peace to our troubled hearts. Our God is not far from us. The more we remain connected to Him and love as He loved, the more we will experience His nearness. We can have confidence in His presence and rest in His encouragement: “Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.”
MEDITACIÓN DEL EVANGÉLIO
26 de mayo de 2019
6º Domingo de Pascua
Todo lo que Jesús hizo en su vida pública lo hizo con amor. Escuchar a las personas sin prisa, mirando a los ojos, esperando respuesta y perdonando. Nunca la persona se iba sin ese consuelo de escucha y dialogo. Algunas veces dialogaba con preguntas y respuestas como el pasaje de la Samaritana. En otras ocasiones, como con Pedro a orilla del lago, afirmando a Pedro en ese rol tan importante del amor. Y así, podría mencionar muchos ejemplos. En esta ocasión surgió otra pregunta para Jesús: “Judas, no el Iscariote, le preguntó: ‘Señor, ¿Por qué hablas de mostrarte a nosotros y no al mundo?’ Jesús le respondió: ‘Si alguien me ama, guardará mis palabras, y mi Padre lo amará'” Y Jesús agrega. “Entonces vendremos a él para poner nuestra morada en él.” (Juan 14:22-23).
El punto clave del Evangelio de hoy es que Jesús nos invita a mantener su palabra. Cada palabra es una enseñanza, es un reto; Siempre invitando a ver al Padre en Él. Este es el mandato para sus seguidores, amar totalmente. Amar es un aprendizaje, es un proceso a la apertura a pesar de las dificultades, a ser receptivos, aunque seamos rechazados, y ser obedientes a lo voz del Espíritu Santo. Con respuestas positivas, siempre viendo y discerniendo el lado de las cosas sin tomar partido, es que alcanzaremos la paz prometida en esta Pascua. “Les dejo la paz, les doy mi paz. La paz que yo les doy no es como la que da el mundo. Que no haya en ustedes angustia ni miedo.” (Juan 14:27-28). Gracias Señor por infundir animo en nosotros y por tu presencia en la Eucaristía.
To listen openly and be willing to dialogue are the most effective ways to discern how to solve a problem. We must be open to the Holy Spirit and, under his guidance, allow our opinions to be challenged and changed. Learning to trust the active work of the Holy Spirit in all things releases us from fear and brings us closer to living in the peace Jesus promised. Scripture, Church teaching and practice, the wisdom of others in our community, our relationship with God, and the promptings and stirrings of our hearts all have to be weighed when making important decisions. This is how the Holy Spirit keeps us faithful to Christ and the Gospel and the way the Church brings resolution to questions that inevitably arise.
VIVIR LA LITURGIA ~ INSPIRACIÓN DE LA SEMANA
Escuchar de forma abierta y estar dispuesto a dialogar son las formas más efectivas de discernir cómo resolver un problema de manera efectiva. Debemos estar abiertos al Espíritu Santo y, bajo su guía, permitir que nuestras opiniones sean desafiadas y cambiadas. Aprender a confiar en la obra activa del Espíritu Santo en todas las cosas nos libera del miedo y nos acerca a vivir en la paz que Jesús prometió. Las Escrituras, la enseñanza y la práctica de la Iglesia, la sabiduría de los demás en nuestra comunidad, nuestra relación con Dios y los impulsos y conmociones de nuestros corazones deben ser ponderados cuando se toman decisiones importantes. Así es como el Espíritu Santo nos mantiene fieles a Cristo y al Evangelio y la manera en que la Iglesia resuelve las preguntas que inevitablemente surgen.
May 26, 2019
6th Sunday of Easter
I often lead group prayer with similar words: “Give us the wisdom to know Your will for our lives and the courage to follow it as we seek to make our community a clearer reflection of the Kingdom of God.” The words acknowledge that we need to be about God’s will, not our own, and in that journey, we will bear greater witness to the transforming power of Jesus Christ.
We talk about how we are called to live a stewardship way of life and that we have been given many good gifts, but it is never truly about us. We are never the main thing. In the same manner, it is never really about our parish. Our combined stewardship may lead to many fruits, like an increased offertory or more vibrancy in parish life. However, it is always about the Kingdom of God and the King, Jesus Christ.
Through our stewardship, we allow our parish community to shine like a city on a hill for others to see and then be drawn toward Jesus Christ. It is about leading people to heaven. Our actions of stewardship do not point toward us but instead to the one who calls us to this life. Our constant prayer needs to be that we always seek to discern God’s will and follow it instead of our own. By doing that, we can transform our own lives, our parish communities, and then the world around us.
-Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS
26 de mayo de 2019
6º Domingo de Pascua
A menudo dirijo la oración grupal con palabras similares: “Danos la sabiduría para conocer Tu voluntad para nuestras vidas y la valentía para seguirla mientras buscamos hacer de nuestra comunidad un reflejo más claro del Reino de Dios.” Las palabras reconocen que necesitamos centrarnos sobre la voluntad de Dios, no la nuestra; y en ese viaje, daremos mayor testimonio del poder transformador de Jesucristo.
Hablamos de cómo somos llamados a vivir una forma de vida de corresponsabilidad y de que se nos han dado muchos dones buenos, pero nunca se trata realmente de nosotros. Nunca somos lo principal. De la misma manera, nunca se trata realmente de nuestra parroquia. Nuestra corresponsabilidad combinada puede llevar a muchos frutos, como un aumento del ofertorio o más vitalidad en la vida parroquial. Sin embargo, siempre se trata del Reino de Dios y del Rey, Jesucristo.
A través de nuestra corresponsabilidad, permitimos que nuestra comunidad parroquial brille como una ciudad en una colina para que otros la vean y luego se sientan atraídos hacia Jesucristo. Se trata de llevar a la gente al cielo. Nuestras acciones de corresponsabilidad no apuntan hacia nosotros sino a quien nos llama a esta vida. Nuestra oración constante debe ser que siempre procuremos discernir la voluntad de Dios y seguirla en lugar de la nuestra. Al hacer eso, podemos transformar nuestras propias vidas, nuestras comunidades parroquiales y luego el mundo que nos rodea.
-Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS
Acts 15:1-2, 22-29
Revelations 21:10-14, 22-23
John 14: 23-29
“The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.”
Before becoming a brother in the Society of the Divine Savior (the Salvatorians), I was a Benedictine monk for more than a decade. And, as a Benedictine, I was immersed in the very practical wisdom of St. Benedict and the Rule he wrote for his monks more than 1400 years ago. One of the defining characteristics of this great saint was his balanced understanding of the human person and of community dynamics. We see this at work in the third chapter of his Rule and his insistence that the abbot of the monastery call the community together whenever there was important business to discuss: “Let the Abbot call together the whole community and state the matter to be acted upon… The reason we have said that all should be called for counsel is that the Lord often reveals to the younger what is best.”
We see the same wisdom was at work in the First Reading of this Sunday’s Mass. Recall how in the Acts of the Apostles, St. Luke presented that first generation of believers as living an almost idyllic existence, devoting themselves to the Apostles’ teachings, “and the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers… All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their property and possessions and divide them among all according to each one’s need” (2:42, 44-45).
But this way of life was short-lived. After a short time, the Church faced persecution and wrestled with questions of inclusivity and what should be expected of the growing number of non-Jewish believers. While this might seem like a small issue for us today, this all-important question threatened to tear the Church apart. Recognizing what was at stake, the community had to discern how to respond to the challenges they faced.
So, what did the leaders of the Church do? They came together as a community, prayed, and listened to one another. Together they discerned how the Holy Spirit was at work in the Church – just as Jesus had promised it would be.
In the end, rather than closing ranks and opting for exclusivity, the Church’s first leaders imagined a new way forward and enlisted others to help them in their mission: “The apostles and elders, in agreement with the whole church, decided to choose representatives and to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. The ones they chose were Judas, who was called Barsabbas, and Silas, leaders among the brothers” (Acts 15:22). Humbly recognizing both their own limitations and opportunities before them, the leaders looked beyond the enclosed circle of the Apostles to find new workers capable of responding to the present needs.
This willingness to “look beyond the boundaries” was held up as the ideal for the Church by Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio only days before he was pope in 2013. In a speech delivered during the “general congregations” preceding the conclave, he said: “Evangelizing pre-supposes a desire in the Church to come out of herself. The Church is called to come out of herself and to go to the peripheries, not only geographically, but also in the existential peripheries: the mystery of sin, of pain, of injustice, of ignorance, and indifference to religion, of intellectual currents, and of all misery.” Despite criticism from many fronts, Pope Francis has made this vision of a Church moving “beyond the boundaries” the guiding principle of his ministry and this has certainly been a dominant theme in his papacy. Nothing less is expected of us.
In the end, what’s at stake in all of this is the mission of the Church. Mutual discernment and collaboration in ministry – as we see it at work in the Early Church and in St. Benedict’s monks – calls for each one of to step up and own our faith, living out our unique vocation. Each one of us has a part to play. This is what we’re called to and this is how we help the Church more perfectly reflect the beauty of that Heavenly Jerusalem (cf. the Second Reading), becoming more than we ever imagined she – that is, more than we – could be.
Br. Silas Henderson, SDS
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL!!! ROAR!
VBS will be held Tuesday, June 18—Thursday, June 20
from 8:30 am—11:30 am at the St. Agnes Campus.
ROAR! Is being sponsored by the church communities
of St. Boniface Parish and All Saints Parish.
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