for Sunday, May 27, 2012
Today the Letter to the Galatians tells us: the fruit of the Spirit is
love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness,
self-control. Against such there is no law. Only the Spirit can lead us
to enjoy these fruits. We want to pray that the Holy Spirit come upon us
today in strength.
We are all aware of the great challenges to our faith today. We have
teachers and leaders on all sides trying to convince us to live in ways
that are not compatible with the Gospel and with following the Lord Jesus.
The secular gospel is this: have all that you can, get as much pleasure as
you can, love yourself and not others and remember that you are more
important than anyone else.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ, who is God and who took on our human nature to
save us, is quite different. There is only one way to follow the Lord
Jesus and that is the way of the Cross. Only on the way of the Cross will
we come to know the Spirit and be able to receive the fruits of the
It is true that we are invited to share the divinity of Christ. It is
true that our goal is happiness in heaven. Here on earth, we are invited
to know the divinity of Christ and to experience the happiness of heaven by
walking the way of the Cross. There is no other way.
If we are to have any experience such at that described in the first
reading today from the Acts of the Apostles, it can only happen if we are
walking the way of the Cross and have a deep and intimate personal
relationship with the Lord Jesus. It will not be a relationship such as we
have with other people in our lives, but it will be a true relationship.
Jesus offers to be our friend and to help us. We can pray that our hearts
and souls will be open to His presence, which we will know in the power of
the Holy Spirit.
John's Gospel today is so clear: the Holy Spirit will teach you. It is
not easy to accept the Holy Spirit. Jesus tells us that we will know His
presence if we keep His commands. His commands are simple: love one
another and live as I have lived.
May the Holy Spirit come on us today to help us walk the way of the Cross
by the power of the Spirit so that we can know the fruits of the Spirit in
this life and delight in the resurrection in the life to come.
Readings of the day:
First Reading: Acts 2.1-11
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 12.3b-7, 12-13
Gospel: John 20.19-23
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