Fifth Sunday of Easter 2017

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Fifth Sunday of Easter: Painting by: Ronald Raab, CSC

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Dear Followers of the Risen Christ,

We proclaim this weekend’s gospel (John 14:1-12) hearing Jesus say that he is the way, the truth and the life. Not all the disciples hear this message with a full heart. That is why Jesus first says to his disciples, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.”

Even in this Easter season in the afterglow of Resurrection Light, we can easily slip back into our troubled hearts. I appreciate the gospels in these Easter days that show us that being human is both the way in which we encounter Jesus’ new life and the obstacle toward receiving such news.

It is easy to focus upon our troubled hearts even in these Easter celebrations. Life continues on and we simply do not always receive the new life we are asking for in Jesus Christ. Sometimes we are not looking in the right places. Sometimes we ignore the change of heart in our prayer or how grace is really changing our lives, maturing our spirits, insights and healing us in our deepest wounds. Again and again, we offer our troubled hearts to the miracle of God’s fidelity toward us in the Eucharist and the sacraments.

Thomas is helping us work through our uncertainty. He asks Jesus about where he is going and if the disciples can follow him. Thomas is often the spokesperson for questioning Jesus and he really speaks our truth as well. The point of Jesus’ new life is to show us the way to the Father. Our true home is in the Father’s fidelity and that new home begins here on earth. Our troubled hearts get the best of us when we forget that we are connected to the Father’s love. We also become troubled when we think that the Father’s love is for certain people and not for others. God’s fidelity is here for us to behold and experience. With the Father’s love we pray more fervently.

Even though our hearts may be troubled, we find our path to Jesus as the way, the truth and the life. I invite you this week to continue your prayer with honesty and integrity. Sometimes our hearts are more troubled by not living the truth of how our lives unfold. We are nudged into living others’ lives and not our own. Sit with the Living Christ and offer your heart to the God who shows us the way, the true path and the real life to the Father’s love. Our Creator wants the best for us all.

Here are some questions to consider this week: How is your heart troubled in this time in your life? How can you rest in the truth of Christ Jesus? How are you being drawn into the Father’s love for you?

Mother’s Day is this weekend and I want to wish all mothers—grandmothers, foster mothers, stepmothers, birth mothers, God mothers and all the women who are in some way a mother to others— a gracious and happy day. Please know of my prayer and hope for all your work, energy, time and commitment in your vocations of love, tenderness and faithfulness.

Blessings in these Easter Days,

Fr. Ron

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