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How Do We Know the Way?

A reflection for the 5th Sunday of Easter, Year A. The readings are Acts 6:1-7, Psalm 33, 1 Peter 2:4-9 and John 14:1-12.

Remember back in the day when we used maps? I love maps. I love seeing the whole picture. Where we are, where we are going, what route options we have, where we came from… Remember having the map on the passenger seat and being able only to glance at it long enough to focus and find your place before you had to watch the road again? Those were the days of road trips!

That’s why I don’t like GPS. The GPS just tells you where you are right now and what the next turn is. I like to know where I am coming from and where I am going. I guess, at least the GPS has got one thing right: In order for it to tell you how to get there, you have to know where you are going.

And we know where we are going. You’ve heard me say dozens of times that we have one destination: Heaven. And our pastor has been saying recently that there is only one reason for all this religion stuff: to be religious. To be closer to God. Why? So we can get to our destination.
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I Am With You, Always!

A reflection for the 3rd Sunday of Easter, Year A. The readings are Acts 2:14, 22-33, Psalm 16, 1 Peter 1:17-21 and Luke 24:13-35.

Every time I do a baptism, I use one of my favourite Gospel passages: From Matthew 28, 18-20: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember I am with you always, to the end if time.” I especially love the last line, “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” He says “remember” because that’s the part we forget.

And I don’t know about you, but I know why I forget. I’ve never see God. I’ve never heard the voice of Jesus. He’s never spoken to me in a dream. The disciples knew Jesus was with them because he was with them. Mary knew what was going to happen because an angel appeared to her and told her. But what do we have? A promise: Remember, I am with you always, until the end of time.
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Do you Believe This?

A reflection for the 5th Sunday of Lent, Year A. The readings are Ezekiel 37:12-14; Psalm: 130; Romans 8:8-11 and John 11:1-45.

I’ve heard and read the story of the raising of Lazarus so many times and I usually focus on the end; on the actual raising of Lazarus. This is Jesus’ last of seven miracles in the Gospel of John —John calls them “signs”— This is the miracle of miracles. Walking on water? Multiplying bread and fish? Turning water into wine? Healing the sick? But no one had ever heard of a dead man coming back to life. This is the miracle that got Jesus killed. After this miracle is when the chief priests had that meeting and decided that it was better for one man to die than for a whole nation to perish and they began plotting to kill him (John 11:45-53) – and not only him but also Lazarus (John 12:9-11). But there is so much in this Gospel reading. I’d like to focus today on what Jesus says to Martha: “I am the Resurrection and the Life. Do you believe this?” ‘Cause I don’t think we do.
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Let your light shine!

A reflection for the 5th Sunday, Ordinary Time, Year A.
The readings are Isaiah 58:7-10, Psalm 112, 1 Cor 2:1-5 and Matthew 5:13-16.

Are you a saint? I’ve asked this question many times to many a group. “Who is a saint?” You may get two or three hands at the most. It’s a bit of an unfair question because we have the SAINTS – those are the canonized, the ones the Church gives us as examples and intercessors. But if you look at the most basic definition of a saint, someone who is in Heaven, then we should all be hoping to be saints. Don’t you plan on going to Heaven?

My friend Steve Angrisano always says that the other option is not a very good option: Stick to Plan A.

If you plan to go to Heaven, then you plan on being a Saint. Simple!

But how do we get to Heaven? By doing good works? By praying lots of Rosaries? By going to Mass? Sadly, all those answers are wrong. We get to Heaven because God is good. We get to Heaven because of God’s love and mercy. No one deserves or is worthy of Heaven. But we can get there because God is good and merciful.
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