Happy Fifth Sunday of Easter! This weekend we welcome Father Bert Gohm, one of our younger senior priests. You may remember that Father Bert was the presenter for our 2016 Lenten Pilgrimage of Mercy series. He gave several talks on the topic of Forgiveness. Both he and I team teach Sacramental theology to Second Year students in the diocesan Lay Ministry Program. We are happy to have him celebrate Eucharist with us today!
Today’s Gospel passage from John is a portion of Jesus’ farewell discourse. In John’s Gospel, this discourse takes place at the Last Supper. Jesus is reassuring his disciples, particularly Thomas and Philip, whose hearts are troubled and who do not understand where he is going. They are confused about how to follow him to get wherever he is going. Jesus tries to help them understand that he, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life is returning to his Father, where he is also preparing a place for each of them. They do not yet understand that Jesus and the Father are one. “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father,” he tells them. As with all of sacred Scripture, there is a message here for each of us. Jesus calms our troubled hearts and helps us through times of confusion. Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life, calls us to follow his ways, to speak his truth, to be filled with his life, and to lead others to him (thus to his Father) by our evangelization, by the ways in which we speak to and about one another, and by the ways in which we treat others and reach out to others. Jesus has prepared a place for each one of us, and one day will come to take us home with him for all eternity where all confusion will cease, where we will see God face to face, and where we will be reunited with our loved ones and all who have gone before us in faith.
Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers and grandmothers, and all who have served in the various mother roles in our lives! We thank you for the gifts of life, love, and faith that you have shared with us. We thank you for enriching our lives in many ways. We pray for God’s continued blessing upon you: May the Lord bless and keep you. May he make his face to shine upon you. May he be gracious to you and give you his peace!
Please keep two of our seminarians in your prayers: Stephen Blaxton and Adam Maher. Both will be ordained deacons by Bishop Cistone on Friday at 2:30 PM at the Cathedral.
Blessings on your Easter Days!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ