Pastor’s Corner 5/19/2019

Choose Love and Service

Today’s gospel is taken from the thirteenth chapter of the gospel of John. Earlier in this chapter, following the foot washing, Jesus asked his disciples: “Do you know what I have done for you? I have given you an example, that as I have done you also must do.” In today’s gospel Jesus speaks more on this topic. “As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” Jesus gives us an example of love and asks us to follow his example.

The Acts of the Apostles tells of how the early community of believers was known by the way they loved one another. Our reading today demonstrates how Paul and Barnabas witnessed to this love by proclaiming the good news (the gospel) in a variety of places. “They strengthened the spirits of the disciples and exhorted them to persevere in the faith.” Love isn’t always easy but we must persevere in the call to love, a call from Jesus himself. When we commit ourselves to love, when we make the choice for love, we will be helping make real “the new heavens and the new earth” John saw in his vision from the Book of Revelation (2nd reading). As John says in that reading, “God’s dwelling is with the human race.” May others recognize God’s dwelling here among us because we choose to love and serve, following the example set by our Jesus our friend, brother, and savior. Peace.

Pastor’s Corner 5/12/2019

The final line from our second reading today says: “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” The image of God wiping away tears of His children can bring to mind the times parents or teachers bent down to console us and wipe away the tears from our eyes when we were children. We can remember times when someone was there with a tissue and some consoling words. Perhaps it was a time a favorite pet died, or we failed an exam, or we were not included in some group activity and felt left out. Continue Reading

Pastor’s Corner 5/5/2019

Our gospel today is another appearance of the risen Lord after his resurrection. Toward the end of this gospel Jesus asks Peter three times, “Do you love me?” The actual Greek was a play on words, something that is missed in the English translation. In Greek there are three words for love: “agape” (unconditional love), “philia” (brotherly love) and “eros” (romantic or sexual love). Continue Reading