I would like to share with you my reflection on the final Sunday in Easter. Jesus in His last discourse is praying to His father that His apostles and disciples-yes even you and me-will remain in His love as He remains in us. We have heard the word LOVE used many times over the past three to four weeks, not as the world knows it, but as God does. Love that says: "And God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son so that whoever believed in Him would never die but would have eternal life."
We talked about the JOY in Jesus' life and that he wants his joy to be complete in you and me! He wants us to use the acronym J-O-Y to remember: Jesus first, Others second, and Yourself last.
He wants us to follow His commandments. We were reminded that he is the Vine and we are the branches. Fr. Sas spoke about his cousins who have acres and acres of blueberry bushes that have to be pruned. Not too much, not too little. They have to reflect on the past in order to cut back the right amount, and this needs to be done at least once a year in order to bear the optimum fruit that God designed them to bear.
This helps us to reflect that we need to be humbled and pruned or forgiven in the Sacrament to Reconciliation at least once a year (if not more) so that we can bear the fruit of the works that the Lord is asking us to do.
We were reminded that things-or our "stuff"-doesn't bring us JOY or HAPP NESS for more than a fleeting moment. Maybe now is the time to surrender to the Lord and to receive His love, so that we can give His love to others.
So what is the bottom line here? It may just be a quote from St. Theresa of Avila:
"Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feel on earth but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world.
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good.
Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands,
Yours are the feet, Yours are the eyes, You are his body.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours."
(St. Theresa of Avila)
After you receive the Precious Body and Blood of Christ today, and you return to your pew, re-read
today's second reading, 1 John 4:14-16 and know that his LOVE is real and that He has truly come
and made His home in you.
Will we be ready for Pentecost???
Deacon John McKaig, May 17 Homily
7th Sunday of Easter