Showing posts with label Magisterium. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Magisterium. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Gospel Reflection - Cycle A - Pentecost

My weekly reflection on the Sunday Gospel reading. In this video, I reflect on John 20:19-23, the Gospel reading for Pentecost in Cycle A, as well as Acts 2:1-11, exploring the following topics:

- Pentecost is the birthday of the Church.
- The Gospel reading takes place on Easter Sunday. Jesus is preparing the disciples for the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
- Jesus breathing on the disciples symbolizes the remaking of creation.
- The eternal peace of Christ will permeate the remade creation.
- Christ gives authority to the Church.
- The Israelite celebration of Pentecost involved the presentation of the first fruits. At Pentecost, the new converts are the first fruits of the mission to evangelize the world.
- The miracle of the languages at Pentecost is the reversal of the story of Babel.
- The Holy Spirit vivifies the Church.
- The Holy Spirit keeps the Church from falling into error.
- The Holy Spirit empowers each of us to follow Christ.
- Reconnecting with the gifts of the Holy Spirit this Pentecost.
- The Blessed Virgin Mary is the Mother of the Church. She helps us to say yes to the Holy Spirit, as she did.

You can find the text of the readings for Pentecost in Cycle A at the USCCB website.




Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Gospel Reflection - Cycle A - 6th Sunday of Easter

My weekly reflection on the Sunday Gospel reading. In this video, I reflect on John 14:15-21, the Gospel reading for the 6th Sunday of Easter in Cycle A, exploring the following topics:

- Entering into the eternal love dynamic of the Holy Trinity.
- The commandment of Jesus: Loving each other as he has loved us, even to the point of crucifixion.
- Being grounded in Christ.
- Receiving the Advocate, the Holy Spirit.
- The Holy Spirit is the animating principle of the Church and keeps the Church from falling into error.

You can find the text of the Gospel reading for the 6th Sunday of Easter in Cycle A at the USCCB website.





Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Gospel Reflection - Cycle A - 4th Sunday of Easter

My weekly reflection on the Sunday Gospel reading. In this video, I reflect on John 10:1-10, the Gospel reading for the 4th Sunday of Easter in Cycle A, exploring the following topics:

- Jesus has come to restore the brokenness of the world, to restore our individual relationships with God, to restore society's relationship with God, and to restore the cosmos, remaking creation.
- Jesus is the only source of true life.
- Summary of Catholic teaching on salvation.
- Who are the thieves and robbers Jesus is talking about?
- We receive the teachings of Christ through the teaching authority of he Catholic Church.
- The image of sheep, who are herd animals, underscores our need for community as disciples.
- The image of the shepherd speaks to us about the mystery of the Incarnation.
- What voices are we listening to in our lives? What gates are we entering?
- The liturgical significance of the entrance of the church building as pointing toward Heaven.

You can find the text of the Gospel reading for the 4th Sunday of Easter in Cycle A at the USCCB website.


Thursday, August 16, 2018

How Medjugorje Transformed My Life

Almost a year ago, my wife and I traveled to Medjugorje for two days. The experience was powerfully transformative for both of us. In the video below, I describe how my life has changed since that brief visit to the town of Medjugorje.