by Juanita Harding, Notre Dame Sisters Associate
In today’s Gospel, Jesus speaks to the Twelve. “Fear no one. Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light, what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.”
Jesus is speaking to us also, each one of us!
Knowing God’s Word, the Truth, is a gift. But, with that gift, is the responsibility to spread the Good News to others. We are asked to reach out to our brothers and sisters to spread the love and mercy of Jesus. We are asked to feed, to cloth, to comfort, to heal, to encourage, to accept, to open our eyes, our ears, and our hearts to the needs of others.
God made us all, God loves us all unconditionally. We are called to do the same for each other.
Jesus also told the Twelve, “Do not be afraid. Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father.”
Let us pray every day that the Holy Spirit gives us courage and strength and guides us to do God’s will.
by Jenene Rauth, Notre Dame Associate
The first reading for lays out the difficulties and despair felt by those who traveled with Moses for 40 years. Moses reminds the Jews of the tests God inflicted on them as they struggled through the desert on their long journey to a new land. At times the people complained mightily against God in their hopelessness. Moses, however pushes them hard to see the many blessings God bestowed on them. Are we not at times similar to the Jews who traveled so far in discontent, fear and anger? Do we not rail at times against God, forgetting our many blessings? Yet God, the good parent, never leaves us. He is there when we follow our faith and when we go astray.
Paul, also prods his people to look upon their blessings in a different way. His people may have seen and followed Jesus. They know his great sacrifice for the people.
In the gospel, Jesus states clearly the necessities we face if we wish to be with him someday. "Eat my flesh and drink my blood and you will have everlasting life." Jesus looks back to those desert wanderers who followed Moses and reminds his current audience how his sacrifice saves us. We have the privilege of renewing ourselves with the body and blood at Mass. Is it not the greatest gift we will ever receive?
by Sr. Rita Ostry, ND
This Sunday we celebrate Trinity Sunday, acknowledging who God is and how we can know God. We have three short readings, each one with powerful descriptions of God. As I read and pondered each reading one line grabbed my heart and visualized a clearer image of God.
Exodus 34:4-9– It was God crying out to Moses (I am) “…a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity.”
So I ask myself do I truly believe and relate to God as one who sees the struggles of my heart, my desires to do good in spite of my failings and faithfully loving me through the messiness of life? Or am I caught up in fearing God’s greatness, feeling inadequate and not good enough? Maybe it’s time for a paradigm shift!
2 Corinthians 13:11-13 – I was touched by the words “…the God of peace and love will be with you.”
It seems God so desires that we humans learn to live respectfully, graciously honoring the goodness of each other, so that a spirit of love and peace pervades the earth, the universe. Where do I find God’s love and peace? Is it from a smile of a coworker or a kind word from a family member or the neighbor? How do I share God’s love and peace? Do I see anxiety in an elderly person’s face and ask how they are? Do I make a phone call on the spur of the moment because I’m wondering how someone is doing?
John 3:16-18 – In the gospel, the words “so that everyone … might not perish but have eternal life.”
God desires a relationship with us not only on earth but forever. It is so humbling to realize how deeply our God desires to love us, bless us, and comfort us each day. The challenge is to believe God truly sees so much goodness in each one of us. Can we do the same?
As we journey through this coming week may we delightfully discover God’s faithful love, kindness and care for us each day.
by Sr. Barbara Markey, ND
John 20: 19-23
Watching the daily news or reading the headlines in the papers can, sometimes, make us wish we had an "upper room" like the apostles in today's gospel where we could gather with friends and lock the door and keep the world away. Sometimes our own worries or the clutter that fills our lives make us wish that we could care about nothing. More often, we wish that we could have the courage or the resources or the wisdom to impact what we see and hear.
And, every year shortly after Easter, the Church helps us realize we, like the apostles, have the Holy Spirit enter our lives and tell us "Peace be with you". Pentecost asks us to "Receive the Holy Spirit". The Spirit gives us both the peace we need and the courage to take that peace and bring Christ through our lives to others.
As Christians, we have the message of Jesus that allows us to enter the world from our "upper rooms" knowing that the Holy Spirit is always with us to approach each day with hope. That hope sends us forth to bring the peace we know and believe in with others.