Feed my Lambs and Follow Me–Reflection for the 3rd Sunday of Easter

Last Supper. Russian icon

Last Supper. Russian icon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

In today’s Gospel we meet resurrected Lord who gives the disciples some instructions.  “Cast your net””bring some fish” “come and eat” “Feed my lambs” “Tend my sheep” “Follow me”

 

It is interesting to note that the Gospels call out two disciples in particular, Simon Peter, who denied knowing Jesus and Thomas, who doubted the seeing the Lord. In today’s Gospel we get a picture of disciples instructions on taking care of the people who follow the Lord and the role of the disciples.  So too, we find for ourselves as disciples today the same instructions.

 

“Cast your net.”  Have you reached out to the deep to bring others to the Lord.  How wide have you put out your net?

 

“Bring some fish.” While we each bring to the table of the Lord our very selves, we should also bring others to the table, after all, it is a table of abundance and not a table of scarcity. In this Easter Season, have you reached out to those who are newly Baptized or joined the Church at Easter to welcome them?

 

“Come and Eat.”  Christ continue to be made known to the disciples through the sharing of a meal, in our welcoming of others into Communion, have we also opened our homes and hearts to them in welcome?

 

These are just some practical ways in which we can spend this season of Easter in celebrating the Paschal Lamb where by we “Feed my sheep” and “Tend my Lambs” and in the communion shared by those people newly gathered together we begin to learn a new reality of what is could mean for us to do what Jesus asks of us “Follow me.”

 

Christ is Risen!! Alleluia!

 

 

 

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Did you hear? Untie him and let him go free. Reflection for the 5th Sunday of Lent

Icon of Lazarus Saturday

Icon of Lazarus Saturday (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

What must it have been like to stand at the tomb of Lazarus and hear Jesus say roll away the stone and call to Lazarus to come out and then everyone who witnessed to be told to untie and let him go free?  What would if you were Lazarus and you laid in the cold tomb in death for four days and you heard the Lord call your name?  You awake from your slumber and arise from your sleep and you make your way out of the tomb.  The community assists you with untying your bandages and you are set free.  Where do you go first?  What do you say?  Who do you go and visit?

 

 

 

Like Lazarus, Lent is a time of slumber as we await the Easter joy of God calling our name and untying our bandages.   When was the last time you heard God call your name? What are the areas of our own lives that we have kept bandaged up? Who do we need to seek to help untie them? Where is God already at work in leading you back to a renewed life?

 

 

 

 

 

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jaredhbryson:

In honor of what would be today’s Feast Day if Sunday did not take precedence.

Originally posted on Neal Obstat Theological Opining:

From slavery you escaped to freedom in Christ’s service: He sent you to deliver Ireland from the devil’s bondage. You planted the Word of the Gospel in pagan hearts. In your journeys and hardships you rivaled the Apostle Paul! Having received the reward for your labors in heaven, never cease to pray for the flock you have gathered on earth, Holy bishop Patrick!            – Orthodox antiphon for the Feast

St. Patrick’s call to evangelize the Irish is a wild and absolutely unique story. Born in Britain, he was captured as a young man by Celtic pirates, enslaved as a shepherd in Ireland and, after having risked his life to regain his freedom, said “yes” to a divine call to return to his captors in order to preach the Gospel to them.

Patrick had stunning evangelical success as Christianity swept across Ireland in a short…

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Father, I Have Sinned

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My Son, You Are Here With Me Always

jaredhbryson:

I have been away giving a day of recollection and writing, so with the time change I found my time cut short, so i share this reflection from Biltrix for this Sunday. This week please continue to pray to the Holy Spirit for guidance for the Cardinals as they enter into Conclave Tuesday.

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Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday) Gospel Reflection

This is a gratuitous comic. It has little to do with today’s post, unless you think about it too hard, and then it has a lot to do with today’s post

Perspective — Maybe you’re looking at it the wrong way

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What do you seek? Reflection for the 3rd Sunday in Lent

samaritan-woman-at-the-well-jruchi-gospels-ii-mss-georgia-12th-cenThis year, I celebrate my 20th year of my journey of being Catholic.  I came to the Church during my teen years, being raised in a Protestant family, the world of the Catholic Church was quite foreign to me as an “outsider.” However, I was seeking?  Quite honestly, during that time in my life, I’m not quite sure what I was seeking. I knew I wanted a deeper relationship with God and I knew that many of my friends were Catholic.  So during those early days it is tough to distinguish between what I really seeking, inclusion in the household of God or greater inclusion with my friends.  In either case, one leads to the other.

This week’s readings for those places that celebrate the Scrutinies, hear the story of the Samaritan women at the well and Jesus asking for a drink.  In this reading we hear of Jesus talking both of giving the water, the life-giving water that brings new life, and that you will thirst no more and food so that you can do the will of the One who sent me. I have had the privilege to journey with several communities of people who are also o their journey to the Catholic Church this year and in my journey with them, I am renewed and reminded of “What I seek?”  Life in the community of Christ, is also the life-giving water that can lead you to “thirst no more.”  One of the striking differences I have seen in my spiritual journey, is the role and life of the community.  It is the community that teaches us about life in God and it is our reflection on the life of God, especially when reflecting on the life of the Trinity, that teaches us about what it means to be community. While the water that we drink is the life of the community, this water only leads us deeper into desiring the life-giving water of life in God.  The prayer of Exorcism for the First Scrutiny reminds us the interdependence of life in the community and life in God.

“God of power, you sent your Son to be our Savior. Grant that these catechumens, who, like the woman of Samaria, thirst for living water, may turn to the Lord as they hear his word and acknowledge the sins and weaknesses that weigh them down. Protect them from vain reliance on self and defend them from the power of Satan. Free them from the spirit of deceit, so that, admitting the wrong they have done, they may attain purity of heart and advance on the way to salvation. We ask this through Christ our Lord.”–from the Rite of Christian Initiation, First Scrutiny.

This prayer so powerfully reminds us that our life in community and especially our life in Christ moves us from our ‘vain reliance on self’ and advances us ‘on the way to salvation.’  So today, we pray for those catechumens throughout the world who continue their journey to the Paschal Feast of Easter, yet at the same time we must continue to ask ourselves “What do we seek?” in this season of Lent  “vain reliance on self” masked in various Lenten practices or “purity of heart and advance on the way to salvation.”  May you have a blessed week!

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What will be made new? 2nd Sunday of Lent (The Transfiguration)

TransfigurationWhat will be made new?  This is one of the main questions we look at each year during Lent.  Today’s Gospel reading we hear about the Transfiguration of Jesus.  For each of us, the season of Lent becomes a new opportunity for conversion in our life.  Conversion is an ongoing process of turning and being turned, it is something that can happen ever so dramatically like the story in the Gospel or incrementally over time.  Unfortunately for most of us, our own personal transfiguration does not occur in such a one time glorious moment, it happens in our daily interactions and challenges.  It happens in being faithful to our daily actions and commitments, in listening more deeply to the person that is in front of us, and in silence and prayer.

Lent is here to aid us with the daily conversion of life. It is a reminder that in the ordinariness of life, the extraordinary does come to life and become transformed.  Through our faithfulness to our way of life we are given the opportunities to grow in holiness, to withstand the temptations that in our lives through selfishness and pride and brought more closely to God.  This happens ever so subtly that when we stop and look back and hear ourself in time, we will come to recognize a different spiritual life and experience that will make our faith and countenance shine–thus drawing others to yourself, and ultimately to God.  The Transfiguration of Jesus is a reminder that we are called to prayer and a deeper relationship with God and with each other through our ordinary acts of each day.  So was is made new in you this Lent?

 

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