Today’s readings are about valuing our relationship with God properly. God offers us many gifts, and when we respond with appreciation of them, they become like treasure to us.
God is merciful, lenient and desirous of our being reconciled to him. Because of this, God gives us every opportunity to do what’s right, to live the justice that God models for us, and even fills in for us when we don’t know how to talk to him.
Besides delivering amazing special effects and a solid plot, Planet of the Apes deals with themes of war, peace, fear and mercy, all of which make for a great faith conversation with teens.
When people do nice things for us, we want to repay them. Even though God needs nothing from us, God does the same for us. Today we hear that when we live for God by taking care of others, we will receive a reward, too.
Breaking News! The original Battlestar Galactica series is going to be on a local TV station near me this summer! Whoop-dee-do, you say? It’s been on Netflix for years, you say? Well, pardon me, but I’m somewhat elderly (42!) and don’t remember things like Netflix when I’m wishing to see my old TV shows. I still “tape” the shows I want to watch on my DVR. As much as I try to live in the brave new world of technology—with some small successes—my brain is wired for the 1980s. So, when I heard that BSG was going to be on, I was very excited. I bought the theme song on iTunes and have been listening to it frequently in my hype.
God is a community of love. We call this community the Trinity. God is a model for us of how we’re supposed to live in relationship, and our families, our “little churches,” are a reflection of that love. We ask God to “come along in our company” so that we can always live in God’s love.
Pentecost is finally here! This is the day the disciples who were gathered together in the Upper Room received the Holy Spirit and were finally made ready to accept and live out the Mission of Christ: to go and make disciples of of all nations. Now, it’s our mission, too.
I have heard it said many times that, until you become a mother, you can’t imagine the love that you are capable of for your child. Sure, you love your spouse a ton—obviously enough to decide to spend the rest of your lives together, but the love a mother has for her child is fierce. Fierce because of the intensity, fierce because it changes who you are and the way you experience the world, and fierce because you would do anything to protect that little thing even if you had to face the very gates of hell to do it.
After spending time with the Apostles after the Resurrection to prepare them for their mission, Jesus went back into heaven to get things ready for us. We need to remember that, just because he went to heaven, doesn’t mean he’s not still with us.