Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Jesus has two different ways to present His departure during the last supper in the Gospel of Saint John.  He speaks of the mansions or places of the Father and then speaks about how it is good for Him to leave so that the Holy Spirit can come.  There is a separation from Christ that is not due to sin, it is due to His own initiative and in order to strengthen our hearts.  There is at the same time a leaving of Christ and a coming of the Holy Spirit.  If we allow Christ to leave He prepares a place for us in the bosom of the Father.  This place in the Bosom of the Father we begin to inhabit already by the new presence of the Holy Spirit. read more

Feast of Saint Mark, evangelist

Since the Resurrection is the reality and fullness of new life, it also marks a definitive break with the past.  This comes out especially in the Gospel narratives where we encounter the risen Christ.  He no longer looks the same, He is only really recognizable in the Word and the Eucharistic Bread.  He encourages His disciples to look forward to the new gift: the Paraclete.  “It is good for you that I go, because if I don’t, the Holy Spirit will not come to you.”  Jesus focuses on His relationship with the Father and encourages His disciples to be “in Him” just as He is in the Father.  Christ is the same yesterday today and forever, but our relationship with Him as with God is something that must constantly be evolving and deepening. read more

Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Jesus is both gate and shepherd.  Perhaps the significance of this dual image will help us understand progressively where Jesus is taking us.  Certainly Jesus wants to provide us with a new destination: heaven.  We have to follow Him in order to arrive at that destination.  Jesus is also the door however:  we must step into him and through him in order to reach the place where He wants to finally lead us.

It shouldn’t surprise us that Jesus acts in different and progressively more direct and intimate ways as we grow in our Christian life.  St. John provides us with the seven “I am”s of Christ to introduce us into the mystery of His manifold presence and action in our lives. read more