Easter

7th Sunday of Easter

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Readings: Acts: 1:15-17, 20-26; John 4:11-16; John 17:11019

Originally delivered on May 12, 1991

We must be ever ready to discover beauty, truth, and goodness in new ways because God is forever revealing and proclaiming the wonder of God in the universe. We must be open to learning about God’s creation.  We are called today to let go of our ways of thinking so that we might be open to seeing and understanding God’s revelations to us. John tells us in the Gospel that God is Love and that if we are loving, then we are of God, despite our sinfulness.  Indeed, God is in us and we should exalt, rejoice, and celebrate because we ourselves are a reflection of God.

6th Sunday of Easter

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Readings: Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48, John 4:7-10, John 15:9-17

Originally delivered on May 5, 1991

In the first reading, we hear of Peter’s struggles to understand God’s vision for inclusiveness and welcomes non-Jews into the new Church. Then, in the second reading, we are reminded that we don’t need to earn God’s love.  God is love and god already loves us as we are.  We are asked to try to love one another as God loves us. In the Gospel, Jesus says, “there is no greater love than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” and “The command I give you is this: that you love one another.” What might we need to give up in order to more fully embrace God’s calling to love one another as He loves us?

5th Sunday of Easter

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Originally delivered on May 1, 1994

Readings: Acts 9:26-31; John 3:18-24; John 15:1-8

Today, we are invited again into a relationship with God.

5th sunday of Easter

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Readings: Acts 9:26-31; John 3:18-24; John 15:1-8

Originally delivered on May 1, 1988

In the first reading, we hear about Paul’s conversion. We are invited to examine if we are being too nice, rather than making some uneasy. We have been baptized and anointed in Confirmation, but are we passionate for Jesus? In the Gospel, we hear that if we live as His branch on the His vines, that we will be animated by the Spirit of Jesus and our prayers will be answered.

5th Sunday of Easter

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Originally delivered on April 28, 1991

Readings: Acts 9:26-31; John 3:18-24; John 15:1-8

Today we are challenged to get more serious in our following of Jesus. We have to be ready for God to change our circumstances and see the world in a whole new light. Like Paul, we might even switch sides. In the epistle, we are reminded that we are to love one another as Jesus loves. We are called to “love in deed and in truth and not merely talk about it.”

4th Sunday of Easter

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Readings: Acts 4:8-12; John 3:1-2; John 10:11-18

Originally delivered on April 24, 1988

In today’s homily, Fr. Healy tells us that the second reading really touched him because we are called “children of God.” We are reminded that God loves us just as we are. Perhaps this is hard to believe because to do so requires us to love others as God already loves us.

2nd Sunday of Easter

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Readings: Acts 4:32-35; John 5:1-6; John 20: 19-31

Originally delivered on April 10, 1994

In today’s Gospel, we are called to be the risen Christ to our sisters and brothers, to forgive others, and to believe even when we do not have evidence.  We must regenerate others’ hope in Jesus just as the first Christian community was in the Acts of the Apostles.