Let’s Not Be Afraid To Look At Everything

“To be grateful for the good things that happen in our lives is easy, but to be grateful for all of our lives-the good as well as the bad, the moments of joy as well as the moments of sorrow, the successes as well as the failures, the rewards as well as the rejections-that requires hard spiritual work. Still, we are only truly grateful people when we can say thank you to all that has brought us to the present moment. As long as we keep dividing our lives between events and people we would like to remember and those we would rather forget, we cannot claim the fullness of our beings as a gift of God to be grateful for.

“Let’s not be afraid to look at everything that has brought us to where we are now and trust that we will soon see in it the guiding hand of a loving God”.
by Henri Nouwen

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Prepare The Way Of The Lord, a Homily

Homily, Dec 16 & 17, Cyc B, 3rd Sunday of Advent, Gaudete

The Third Sunday of Advent is known as Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete is the Latin word for rejoice and that is the message of the readings and the prayers for the Mass today.

And, it is also the reason the Advent wreath candle is pink, and Msgr is wearing pink vestments. These are a reminder that it is a time of joyful expectations for the coming of the Christ Child at Christmas.

In our First Reading from Isaiah we hear the prophet say; “The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives…

…and release to the prisoners, to announce a year of favor from the Lord, and a day of vindication by our God.” Isn’t that a mouthful? It certainly has something in there for everyone.

And, these words from Isaiah were also read by Jesus from the scroll of Isaiah in the Synagogue of Nazareth in what we could call His first public sermon.

As Christians today, we are called to spread those same words of Isaiah. In Baptism we are anointed, we are expected to bring joy and glad tidings to the poor, news that God knows their plight and will care for them through His people here on earth, that would be us, the Church.

We are to tell the broken-hearted that God hears their cry. If they are mourning the loss of a loved one, they need to hear that their loved one will live with Him forever, and they will join them later.

If their hearts are broken by other life events, the loss of a job, the loss of a marriage, or any event that makes them feel abandoned by the world and alone and isolated in society, they need to hear that Jesus is the ‘mender of broken hearts.’

If they are held captive or dominated by others or perhaps by their own weaknesses or addictions, they need to know that Jesus wants to supply freedom to them. They do not have to spend the rest of their lives as victims. With Jesus they can become victors – not victims.

It is up to us to help people accept that victory that Jesus offers them. We do this by sharing our joy and our story with them. Remember the words, “I rejoice heartily in the Lord, in my God is the joy of my soul.”

Well, in an environment of joy, incredible things can happen. We can go from one extreme to another in the blink of an eye. Just like the song says, “I was lost, but now I am found.” His Grace is Amazing & it is enhanced by an atmosphere of joy.

As we listened to the Gospel today from John, we heard the mission of John the Baptist questioned. He was having a great effect on the people, with droves of them going out to him in the desert to be baptized, and the authorities wanted to know just who he was.

The Jews from Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask John the Baptist, “Who are you?” John answered that he wasn’t the Christ, which they were glad to hear because he sure wasn’t what they wanted as a messiah. He wasn’t Elijah, which they also were glad to hear, because from the OT they knew that Elijah would come back right before the coming of the Messiah. Whew, they dodged that bullet.

Yet they badgered him again, asking, “Who are you, so we can report back to those who sent us.” This time he answered, “I am the voice of one crying in the desert, ‘make straight the way of the Lord,’ as Isaiah the prophet said.”

Doesn’t that sound like a Mission Statement? Yes, it does. “Make straight the way of the Lord” is another way of saying, “Prepare the way of the Lord,” the whole theme of Advent.

And, thirty years before that, when John was brought to the temple for his circumcision eight days after his birth, after all the family haggling over his name, His father, Zechariah, insisted on the name John, and then prophesied over his son the famous canticle.

Zechariah’s Canticle ended with, “And, you my child, shall be called prophet of the most high; for you shall go before the Lord to prepare straight paths for Him.

So, here’s John thirty years later fulfilling his Mission Statement that his father gave him as a newborn.

John the Baptist was faithful to his mission statement.

You know what, his mission is also our own.

We are to prepare the way of the Lord, at every opportunity. By our words and actions, we are to prepare others to be open to the Lord’s encounter with them. We are to make it easier for them to hear Him.

All throughout our lives we have these little awakenings brought on by some word or action of others that are meant to prepare us, so we don’t miss it.

One of the functions of the Holy Spirit is to whisper promptings in our hearts, or call attention to the words of others that are germane to us. That is His way of leading and guiding us while still respecting our free will. We are free to respond to those or not.

I really believe that God is so serious about trying to improve our relationship with Him and understanding of Him that He seems to choreograph these little opportunities. Some we get and some we miss. But every one of us sitting here today can look back over our lives and see times when we heard or saw something that changed how we thought about the Lord. Maybe a phone call at just the right moment, and we knew in our heart of hearts that it was the Lord.

We can be a conscious part of this process, by viewing our mission in this world as one who goes out of our way to prepare the way of the Lord for others, just like we have had our own lives awakened and prepared.

I think we would be more willing to reach out if we weren’t afraid that we shouldn’t infringe on others. Well, I can assure you there are plenty who are out there selling the negative side of every issue.

So, as Christians with the ministry to help others, speak up.

The Christmas season with it’s gathering of family and friends provides many opportunities to share our joy, share our story, at least share last year’s update to our story, share God’s love to all we meet.

“Rejoice always…In all circumstances give thanks…Be careful not to quench the Spirit working in us, as we prepare the way of the Lord.”

Wise and Foolish Virgins, Homily

Homily, Nov 11&12, Cyc A, 32nd Ordinary, Wise & Foolish Virgins

As we listen to the First Reading today from the Book of Wisdom, we realize that in the OT, Wisdom was another name for the Holy Spirit.

Also in the OT, Wisdom is referred to as “She”. I felt compelled to mention that fact for the sake of the men here who did not catch that. I assure you that every woman here did.

As the first reading unfolds we hear that “Wisdom, i.e. the Holy Spirit, will not disappoint those who watch for her at dawn. And, whoever keeps vigil shall be rewarded.”

Amazing how that leads us right into today’s Gospel from Matthew about the 10 virgins who kept vigil for the coming of the bridegroom.

To put this Gospel in context we must understand that it is Jesus’ final words to His disciples. One more week and Jesus will start to refer to, and prepare His disciples for, His death.

We give special credence to things that people say or do as they prepare to die, because a dying person wants to impart some special love or wisdom—something important—before they leave us.

This Judgment Discourse, this Gospel, has significance as Jesus’ final words to his disciples—the most important wisdom that he could possibly provide them.

He is saying in no uncertain terms that He will come back to them. He tells them a parable about the coming of a bridegroom and of the 10 virgins who waited for Him with their lamps.

Five brought just enough oil for their lamps. Five brought more than enough oil for theirs. When the bridegroom was delayed in coming, the first five ran out of oil, while the second five used their extra and were gathered into the party with the bridegroom.

Now the theme of the parable is very simple. It is not complex. The parable is meant to teach us that Jesus, like the bridegroom, will come again. And, in that second coming He is coming to judge sinners and to reward the righteous.

Further, He will come in a sudden and unexpected moment and everyone should be prepared. Afterwards, there will be no second chance. People may knock on the door all they want, but the door will be shut.

When God the Father sent the prophets and teachers before sending His son to us the first time, they spread the word about what to look for to recognize the son because as a people we have a poor track record when it comes to recognizing Him.

Think about that, we don’t even recognize His presence in other people today.

The prophets and Teachers said the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. He was. Born of a virgin. He was. Of the line of David. He was. They said He would come to Galilee. He did. They said He would have great power. He had it.

But the world still was not prepared and not ready. And so, ‘He came unto His own’, says John, and His own received Him not. He was in the world and the world was made by Him, but the world knew Him not.

And this parable today warns the world not to let that happen in His Second Coming. For there will be no recourse in the future.

Jesus is coming again, and we are to be prepared. We are to have an expectancy in our hearts. We are to get up figuratively before dawn to prepare ourselves before our day begins.

We are to keep a vigil so as to not be caught unawares. We can read scripture, serve others, say rosaries, use contemplative prayer, go to Mass and the Eucharist, always keeping our hearts open to hear the Lord.

Each of us has his own way of relating to the Lord. We are unique in how we discern His communication with us. We learn that over time as we live life, mostly in a trial and error fashion.

The real problem is the “not knowing when” and it is hard to stay alert over a long period of time. That was the problem with His first coming.

Yes, the prophets and teachers kept warning the people, but as time stretched on and on you could say that the people’s lamps ran dry.

The oil in our lamps is the actual and sanctifying grace that comes our way as we make our efforts to draw closer to the Lord Jesus.

So, our hope is to be a people of God, working hard every day to be more and more like Him. We can fill our lamps with the oil of grace by being His people, by staying close to Him, making time every day to listen to Him in our hearts.

God Gathers Us Together

Friends, in today’s Gospel we learn of a person possessed by a demon. Jesus meets the man and drives out the demon, but then is immediately accused of being in league with Satan. Some of the witnesses said, “By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he drives out demons.”

Jesus’ response is wonderful in its logic and laconicism: “Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house. And if Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand?”

The demonic power is always one of scattering. It breaks up communion. But Jesus, as always, is the voice of communio, of one bringing things back together.

Think back to Jesus’ feeding of the five thousand. Facing a large, hungry crowd, his disciples beg him to “dismiss the crowds so that they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.” But Jesus answers, “There is no need for them to go away; give them some food yourselves.”

Whatever drives the Church apart is an echo of this “dismiss the crowds” impulse, and a reminder of the demonic tendency to divide. In times of trial and threat, this is a very common instinct. We blame, attack, break up, and disperse. But Jesus is right: “There is no need for them to go away.”

And today he says, “Ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

Bishop Barron, Word on Fire

What Is My Poverty

How can we embrace poverty as a way to God when everyone around us wants to become rich? Poverty has many forms. We have to ask ourselves: “What is my poverty?” Is it lack of money, lack of emotional stability, lack of a loving partner, lack of security, lack of safety, lack of self-confidence? Each human being has a place of poverty. That’s the place where God wants to dwell! “How blessed are the poor,” Jesus says (Matthew 5:3). This means that our blessing is hidden in our poverty.
We are so inclined to cover up our poverty and ignore it that we often miss the opportunity to discover God, who dwells in it. Let’s dare to see our poverty as the land where our treasure is hidden.
 Henri Nouwen

Jesus Walks On The Water, Homily

Homily, Aug 12&13, Cyc A, 19th Ord, Jesus Walks On The Water

In this part of Ordinary time we are exposed to some the Classic stories. Last week it was the Transfiguration, the week before it was the Treasure buried in a field

This weekend we have the story of Jesus walking on the water as He approaches His terrified disciples in their boat during a storm.

All throughout scripture we find water symbolizing danger. Beginning in the Creation story we have the Holy Spirit hovering over the chaotic waters to bring order. In today’s story, we have Jesus, in effect, hovering over the water to bring order and peace to His disciples.

This is the second time Jesus is involved with His disciples in a boat during a storm. Remember? The other time, He was asleep in the boat and they awakened Him pleading for Him to quiet the storm.

Both times Jesus was trying to increase their faith in Him. In today’s story, He raised the bar; He really escalated the call to faith. It’s one thing to wake Him up in the boat, it’s quite another to step out of the boat and walk toward Him on water in a storm.

When they see Him coming toward them they think He is a ghost. Why not? He is certainly out of the normal context in which they are used to experiencing Him.

Jesus calls out to them and Peter is the first to ‘kind of’ recognize Him and says, if that is really You, call me to come to You on the water. Of course, we know the rest of the story, Jesus responds with, “Come”, and Peter left the safety of the boat, stepped over the side, and walked on the water towards Jesus.

Well, at least he walked for a while until he took his eyes off the Lord and became frightened by the wind and waves and began to sink. There’s a nugget of wisdom in all of that about keeping our eyes on Jesus.

At that point, Jesus caught Peter and lifted him up and saved him. Then supposedly Jesus chided Peter saying, “Oh you of little faith, why did you doubt?” See now, I have a problem with that response.

I know it’s just me, but it sounds so stilted, like wording placed in Jesus’ mouth after the fact to make a clear point about faith, but totally not South-Georgia-ese.

Every time I read this story I am reminded of something that happened to me 70 years ago. Now, you might ask how I could remember something that happened 70 years ago when I can’t even remember what I had for breakfast. The answer is simple, because I was terrified at the time, and we store our memories along with the emotion associated with them.

I was 6 years old and sitting on the roof of our dock while my dad nailed on new roof shingles on the other side of the peak.

I was sitting on some loose shingles he hadn’t nailed yet. I began to slide down the roof and was unable to stop and slid right off the edge feet first and into the water which was way over my head.

I couldn’t swim yet, but instinctively I held my breath. About the time I reached the bottom and was beginning to look around in a panic, my dad hit the water right beside me in a column of bubbles.  Cecil B. Demille would be proud. Cinematically, it was like magic…

He gathered me to his chest, smiled and pushed us off the bottom and back to the surface. He saved me. The first words from his mouth were, “You know I wouldn’t let anything happen to you.”

See, with that background, I’d feel a lot better if Jesus had said something like that to Peter.

But, again, that’s just me. The Pope hasn’t called yet to get my thoughts on the story.

Sometimes it’s hard to see ourselves in these stories. I mean, it’s difficult imagining us getting out of a boat to walk toward Jesus on the water as a demonstration of faith in Him.

But, the truth is, we do very similar things all the time at a lower level of intensity. It’s like Elijah in the first reading, the fire, wind, and storm didn’t faze him, but he knew God was present in the small whispering sound.

For instance, do you ever wake up in the morning and while you are still in the bed, clicking into consciousness, do a quick review of the day ahead, see something difficult scheduled and say, “Oh no Lord, I really don’t want to start this day”.

Yet, something changes inside us and after a few minutes we roll over the side of the bed/boat and off we go. We just don’t see that action as walking toward Jesus. We see it more as obligation, part of the job, or just what is on our plate. We forget we cried out softly to the Lord for help.

We get to work, park the car, gather our stuff, and mumble something like, “I really don’t want to go in – Lord help me”. Something changes inside of us. Then we open the door, roll off the seat/boat and off we go.

Even here in Church: When communion time arrives, we’re sitting in the pew doing a quick examination of conscience which we missed during the penitential rite, and hesitate because maybe we haven’t been very nice to others lately.

But, then not being able to identify a specific sin that would keep us in our place, we stand up in faith and walk out of the pew/boat and off we go to communion.

And, you know, Jesus is right there waiting for us in all those examples and many more. When we get out of the bed, get out of the car, or get out of the pew, and come forward, Jesus is right there waiting for us just like He waited for Peter.

When we walk up the aisle to receive Him we are walking up on the waters, in faith, to receive Him into ourselves, with the belief in our heart that it will make us better and closer to the Lord, more able to see Him in our lives, His being there.

That’s His promise, to be there with us. He didn’t promise a rose garden, He promised to be there with us. In John 10, 10 He said, “He came that we might have life, and have it to the fullest” which implies to me that He is quite aware bad things sometimes happen to good people, but He’s there with us as we go through it.

And, when we falter, and oh yes, we do falter, He reaches out to help us, maybe through circumstances, or maybe through other people, or maybe through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit giving us actual grace and the necessary boost.

And, if we could hear Him at those times, I believe He would be saying, “I’m here with you, you know I wouldn’t let anything happen to you”.

Leaving Father and Mother

A Man must leave his Father and His Mother

This scriptural verse is truer today than ever. Indeed, the lack of utilizing its wisdom causes much grief in families in this 21st century.

Husbands and wives argue over decisions and it leads to much pain and suffering. They often cannot agree on the right answer. Inevitably, one or the other will reach outside of the marriage for support of their own personal view of the situation. If both resort to this option then they can end up being the in person advocate for other people who have no real interest in the outcome.

That is a recipe for disaster, because talk is cheap but living out the result of the cheap talk is very pricey for those who own the argument in the first place. Long story short – keep it between the two of you. Remember to talk to one another and not other people, especially parents. Parents have a strong tendency to support their offspring and enjoy being part of that process.

To begin with we must learn to argue civilly. We must learn to express ourselves in a low intensity and calm way that lacks hostile expression or accusations or even threats. We must also learn to recognize when ego is involved and do our best to eliminate its influence. In this day and age that is often asking a lot, but if we cannot be successful in this facet then we are not likely to be successful in a thoughtful resolution that is acceptable to all concerned.

Next, we must understand that it is normal to not always agree. The longer we live together the more we begin to think alike and therefore we will agree more often. We must also understand that it ok to disagree, the disagreement can actually lead to working our way through the decision and make each person feel more comfortable with the final decision.

Finally, we should agree on which one will be responsible for living out the decision, that is, which one will face the most impact from the decision. That person should be given more latitude in the overall process.

Once that final decision is made, both should work hard to make it come to fruition, and no reverting to the original arguing process to prove themselves ‘correct’ if difficulties arise.

God understands human beings completely. He knows they will not always agree and hopes the process of resolving the issue will flesh it out in a way that both can live with.

The Experience Bias

Deep within the heart of man is a desire to be normal, at least most of the time. While there are exceptions for those who celebrate being different, most prefer seeing themselves as normal compared to the larger grouping.

In counseling sessions, it is not uncommon to literally hear that question, “Am I normal?”.  Which usually means please tell me I am not too far off the grid that others inhabit; or, tell me I don’t have to change too much; or, tell me there is not something really wrong with me.

These questions presuppose that the person being asked these questions is a trusted person that is someone “normal” themselves and therefore, likely knows what normal is. There is a comfort in being told by such a person, that we are, indeed, normal because a respected normal person says so.

Hmmm, but what if they aren’t. What if they have biases themselves and their advice for us is based on those biases.

It would not be uncommon to choose someone who, we know, has experienced the same things that bring us to them for help. Surely that would-be a plus, wouldn’t it? Logically, yes it would. But, what if you are a person who celebrates your different-ness and they are not. Wouldn’t their solution be different from a solution that would work for us?

Isn’t it normal to hear someone explain a problem they want help with and the counselor filter that experience through their own experience?  Yes, it would. So, the real question for us is, “How do we know we have chosen a counselor who is right for us and hopefully, free of biases and capable of giving us good, solid direction”?

Ultimately, we must have faith that the good Lord has led us to the right person. Scripture reminds us that ‘we live by faith and not by sight’. But, if after a few sessions we find ourselves unpeaceful or unsettled in the presence of the counselor then it may be time to look elsewhere.

God is good, and wants us to feel good about ourselves. Our faith in Him will sooner or later come to fruition and we will end up with the correct person for us. Just remember He paints our path to Him with jagged lines that lead us straight. We must be willing to walk those jagged lines in faith and with the courage to stand up for ourselves to move on to another counselor if need be.

Precious in the Eyes of the God, Homily

Homily, May 13&14, Cyc A, 5th Sun of Easter, Mother’s Day: Precious in the Eyes of the God

On behalf of Msgr Kenneally and his staff here at St William, I’d like to wish all the mothers here today (a day early) a Happy Mother’s Day! I know he has a blessing planned for each of you later in the Mass.

As his famous saying goes, none of us would be here if it weren’t for our mothers.  And, this being the month of May, I have to wonder if the Church itself would have endured for so long without the influence of our Heavenly Mother Mary.

Our First Reading is near and dear to my own heart because it describes where the role of Deacons came from. I would like to tell you that the creation of the Diaconate was a burning bush experience, where God came down and said, “Let there be Deacons”.

I would like to tell you that, but I can’t. It was more low-tech than that. It appears they were called into being to solve the problem of complaints against the Apostles for perceived neglect of the daily distribution of food to certain segments of the community.

With tongue in cheek, I could say, not a lot has changed over 2000 years. Squeaking wheels still get greased even today.

If you remember the homily last weekend, Msgr painted a great picture of God’s desire for our abundance. I’d like to continue that emphasis this week.

The reading that really struck me is the Second Reading taken from the First Letter of Peter.  In this Epistle we hear reassuring verses and phrases such as…

We are called living cornerstones of the Church,

We are to be built into a holy priesthood.

We are called a chosen race, a holy nation, a people the Lord claims for his own to proclaim the glorious works of the one who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.

And, we are called “precious in the eyes of God”.  Apparently, we are more valuable than we thought we were.  We are cherished, highly esteemed, and loved in abundance.

With all of that, we must ask why? Why does God love us so much? Is it because of something that we have done?  No…

Well, to answer a question with a question, why do we love our children so much?  Why are our children so precious to us? Is it because of what they do?  No…  Sure, there are times that we are proud of our children’s accomplishments.

But, we love them even without their accomplishments. Shhhh, don’t tell them.

When you first held your children as infants, looked into that small face, you fell head over heels in love with that child. You could not believe you had so much love welling up in you.

And, that’s not just the moms, but also the dads, and others who may have never had a child of their own. Yet, the baby did not do anything to elicit that outpouring of love.

Why, then did you love that baby?  Why do you love your children – at every stage?  Even when they try our souls. You love them for who they are, not for what they do.  Your child is a unique person loving you back in their own way.  You see God’s love in your child.  You see yourself, your spouse, you see a reflection of God’s beauty in your child.

Now, back to the original question. Why does God love us?  Why are we so precious to Him?  He loves us for the same reason, for who we are, unique reflections of His love in the world.  He loves us because He sees in each of us the love He has for His Son, Jesus.

He loves us because each of us is a unique reflection of the Love that became flesh in Jesus Christ.

So, let us reflect on who Jesus is? Jesus is the rock that has been rejected by the world, but has become the cornerstone of that world.  We are the living cornerstones, too, and as such, we are the Church, built by the spirit of God.

Jesus is the great high priest who was rejected by the elites of His day, thrown out of the Temple, and crucified outside the city.  We are rejected by the intellectually arrogant of our day who control so much of our lives and how we see the world.

We too, are thrown out and laughed at as naive remnants of an ignorant age.  But, we remain here anyway.  We are a holy priesthood, people carrying on the priestly ministry by making God present to others and others present to God. We do that daily by being who we are, without a lot of hoopla or credit.

Jesus is the Light of the World, the one who dispels the darkness of sin.  We are the people of the light.  We are called to bring hope and light to a world living in fear and darkness and confusion.

Yes. We are precious to God because He sees His Son at work in us, and that work takes place gradually over our lifetime as our Pope recently pointed out.

Therefore, let us be aware of, and attuned to, our dignity as children of God.  Let us treat ourselves and each other with the respect a child of God deserves. Let us lay down our poor opinions of ourselves, our feelings of failure, our feelings of not doing enough, and unworthiness in the face of God’s overwhelming.

We teach our children to respect themselves.  We need to respect ourselves as well at every age. There are times that we are tempted to go along with a philosophy of life that calls for actions that do not encourage us to be our best selves.

Out of respect for ourselves, out of respect for the dignity that God has given us in calling us to be children of God, out of respect for the precious image of His Son that you and I have been called to bring to the world, we must keep our eyes focused on Jesus.

Yes again. We are precious to the Lord.  We should hold our heads up above the everyday life around us.  We should have enough self-respect to avoid what everyone else says is acceptable in this modern-day, but we know is unacceptable in any day.

In the Southern colloquialism, we should stand tall with the Lord.  For we are the Church, we are the royal priesthood, we are the people whom God has chosen to bring light to all who live in darkness in all its forms.

May the choices we make in life be only those that reflect the dignity we have been ‘gifted’ with by the Lord of life.

On this Mother’s Day let us remember our moms and how precious they are in our eyes for their love and care of us.

Let us also remember, “We are precious in the eyes of God”.

Jesus Went All The Way

Your daily Gospel reflection…   April 22, 2017

SATURDAY IN THE OCTAVE OF EASTER, YEAR I,  (MARK 16:9-15)

Friends, in today’s passage Jesus commissions his disciples to proclaim the Gospel to all. A great lesson of the Resurrection is that the path of salvation has been opened to everyone. Paul told us that “though he was in the form of God, Jesus did not deem equality with God something to be grasped. Rather he emptied himself and took the form of slave…accepting even death, death on a cross.”

In a word, Jesus went all the way down, journeying into pain, despair, alienation, even ‘godforsakenness’. Why? In order to reach all of those who had wandered from God. Then, in light of the Resurrection, the first Christians came to know that, even as we run as fast as we can away from the Father, all the way to ‘godforsakenness’, we are running into the arms of the Son. The Resurrection shows that Christ can gather back to the Father everyone whom he has embraced through his suffering love.

So let us not domesticate the still stunning and disturbing message of Resurrection. Rather, let us allow it to unnerve us, change us, and set us on fire.

From Bishop Robert Barron

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