Come, Holy Spirit, come!

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD MAY 10, 2021  EASTER MONDAY 6 WORD of the DAY  Jesus said to his disciples:  “When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me.And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning. “I have told you this so that you may not fall away. They will expel you from the synagogues; in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering worship to God. They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me. I have told you this so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you.”     (John 15: 26/-16:4) How shall I live this Word?   In today’s Gospel, Jesus announces and promises the coming of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit, the ‘Paraclete’, is somewhat the great absentee of the Christian faith today. Not much talk about Him. Yet, without the Holy Spirit, believing in love that overcomes death is impossible. It is nice to think that the first task of the ‘Paraclete’, which literally means “one...

Remain with Jesus

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD April 24, 2021  EASTER SATURDAY 3 WORD of the DAY  Many of the disciples of Jesus who were listening said, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?” Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring about this, he said to them, “Does this shock you? What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the Spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail. The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe and the one who would betray him. And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by my Father.” As a result of this, many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer walked with him. Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?” Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have...

BELIEVE!

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD April 10, 2021  EASTER SATURDAY WORD of the DAY  When Jesus had risen, early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. She went and told his companions who were mourning and weeping. When they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe. After this he appeared in another form to two of them walking along on their way to the country. They returned and told the others; but they did not believe them either. But later, as the Eleven were at table, he appeared to them and rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart because they had not believed those who saw him after he had been raised. He said to them, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”     (Mark 16: 9-15) How shall I live this Word?    The Eleven live the experience of mourning like anyone else who experiences detachment from a person with whom they walked together would live it. Yet, repeatedly the Master on the way to Jerusalem, in announcing His...

Do whatever Jesus tells you…

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD April 9, 2021  EASTER FRIDAY WORD of the DAY  Jesus revealed himself again to his disciples at the Sea of Tiberias. He revealed himself in this way. Together were Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, Zebedee’s sons, and two others of his disciples. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We also will come with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. When it was already dawn, Jesus was standing on the shore; but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, have you caught anything to eat?” They answered him, “No.” So he said to them, “Cast the net over the right side of the boat and you will find something.” So they cast it, and were not able to pull it in because of the number of fish. (John 21: 1-6) How shall I live this Word?    So much effort the previous night, to note with bitterness that the nets remained inexorably empty. Empty like many of our churches, our seminaries, our novitiates, our pastoral...

KNOWING JESUS

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD April 7, 2021  EASTER WEDNESDAY WORD of the DAY  That very day, the first day of the week, two of Jesus’ disciples were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus, and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred. And it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him. He asked them,  “What are you discussing as you walk along?” They stopped, looking downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in reply, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know of the things that have taken place there in these days?” (Luke 24: 13-18) How shall I live this Word?    Two disciples of Jesus are returning home. Their faces are sad, their heads bowed, their steps slow. They cannot understand what happened in the preceding days in Jerusalem. They had a dream in their hearts, that of seeing the kingdom of Israel finally freed from foreign rulers. Now, a couple of days after Jesus’ death on the cross, they are increasingly convinced that there is nothing...