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The Call To Love
In the reading for today John, in his first letter, writes about the four letter word: Love. This strong emotion, and it's counter part (hate) are used everyday in our lives, and in commercials to attract our attention. Commercials scream phrases like: " I totally love this..." " Buy what they will surly love." "You are sure to love this.." This is not true love. It is consumer love. The attachment to material things. John writes about true love. The love between God and his people. God loves us so much that he gave his only son for us. In return, God wants our love back. He first loved us. He cared for our life and wants us to reign with him in heaven. He loves us. Through Gods love, we are able to evangelize to others, sharing his love, opening our arms to everyone, because God opens his arms to everyone. Let us share this love today, with the people around us. Not the love of items, but rather, a love, a kindness to others.
During this Easter season we are given the opportunity to listen and reflect on the word of God from the Gospel of John. For the third and final time this weekend, we will hear a post-resurrection appearance of Christ to his apostles. It is through these appearances that Christ proves his resurrection, dispels the darkness of doubt in his apostle’s mind, and commissions them to make known the love and joy of these events to the world.
The Gospel this weekend tells us that after the death and resurrection of Christ, the disciples have returned to fishing, as they once did before they followed Christ. These skilled fishermen do not catch anything all night, until a man comes on the shore of the beach and tells them to cast their net on the right side of the boat, and they catch an abundance of fish, that the net should have broke, but it did not. After they caught these fish, the apostles realized that it was the Lord, who has now called them a second time from their job of fishing to …
21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. Matthew 18:21-22
It's very hard to forgive. Forgiveness is essential to our life here on earth. Jesus gave us the perfect example of forgiveness while he was on earth. Jesus loved us so much that he bore all our sins on the cross that goes before us. Every wrong we have done; every pain has become A LOT LIGHTER because Jesus bore it before us.
Jesus is asked by his own, disciples, how many times should they forgive. Because they know that they have to forgive, and they know they everyone does wrong, but how much is enough? We need to draw a line right? No.
Jesus tells us that we shouldn't just forgive seven times. He told us to forgive 77 times. Or 77 X 7 times. Which is a more perfect number. Jesus told us that we must forgive has many times that someone does wrong. …
I have had the pleasure recently to start teaching again the First Penance and Eucharist at my Parish. It is always a great time for me to know that I am laying the seeds of God in their heart and knowing that I am preparing them for a once-in-life-time event. I love seeing the kids who are earnest to learn and who want to be there.
In todays' Gospel, we are presented with an overview of Jesus life. Jesus does three distinctive things, that Matthew wraps up very quickly. He teaches, proclaims, and heals. These three unfold for us what we can expect from Jesus during his life time. However, before he begins his own life and mission one thing had to happen- the Death of John the Baptist. John, we know, was the last of the Prophets and his main mission was to make sure people were finally ready for the King to come. Jesus, therefore, couldn't start until the paths were made straight.
Jesus mission on earth is the great light that has appeared in the darkness. In…