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.
Born again Christians revile the idea that our salvation can be earned—Jesus himself gained salvation for us on the cross once and for all. You cannot do anything to “get” salvation. Guess what? We believe that, too! You can’t earn salvation. Ever. Under any circumstances. Jesus won it, invites us to share in it, and all we have to do to have it is say “yes.”
As we draw ever nearer to the Solemnity of Pentecost, our readings prepare us for the coming of the Spirit. We get a biblical glimpse of Confirmation, are reminded of what our conduct should be as followers of Christ, and are re-affirmed in our keeping of Jesus’ commandments.
“Mommy, where do deacons come from?” Today’s first reading tells us that very thing! We get an idea of what it means to live “diakonia”; Christian service, and how to let God build us into “a spiritual house”; shelters for the poor and needy. Jesus tells us that besides us being a home for others, he built a home for us in heaven.
Today is the Fourth Sunday of Easter and Good Shepherd Sunday. We remember that Jesus takes care of us when we are helpless and gives us a friendly voice to follow when we’re scared. It’s a good week to think about who Jesus has given to us to be shepherds in our daily lives, and who we have been asked to shepherd.
The Resurrection is such a huge event, it takes a lot to unpack and understand it. We continue this task by hearing stories about how the Apostles and disciples managed it. Our Gospel this week reminds us that the best way to process it is by celebrating the Eucharist—by hearing the stories retold and breaking bread together.