Anointing with the Holy Spirit and Mission

Anointing with the Holy Spirit and Mission

The risen Jesus breathes on us.  Anointing us so with the Holy Spirit, he sends us to work with him in the evangelization of the poor. The risen Jesus stands in the midst of his disciples.   Never mind that it is dark and the disciples bolted the doors.  First, he...
Descend to the Earth First to Ascend into Heaven

Descend to the Earth First to Ascend into Heaven

Christ ascends into heaven, which means he deigned to descend to the earth to bring the Good News to the poor.  If we imitate him, we will ascend into heaven also. The apostles look intently at Jesus as he leaves.  But a question cuts short their contemplation, “Why...
Remain in the Love of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Remain in the Love of Our Lord Jesus Christ

As the Father loves him, so does Jesus love us.  And to remain in his love, that is, to keep his commandment of love, is what he wants us to do. Jesus is saying farewell to his disciples.  He comforts them, assuring them that where he will be, there too they will be,...
Vine and Branches and Much Fruit

Vine and Branches and Much Fruit

Jesus is the vine and his disciples, the branches.  Remaining in Jesus, and he in them, the disciples bear much fruit. Remaining now in the true vine, Paul gives much fruit. He does not only speak boldly in the name of Jesus. He also toils harder than all the other...
Shepherds Who Are Good and Sheep That Discern

Shepherds Who Are Good and Sheep That Discern

Jesus is the good Shepherd.  He knows his sheep, and they know and follow him.  But they run away from shepherds they do not know and whose voice they do not recognize. God condemns rulers who take advantage of their people.  They are shepherds who pasture...

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