Sunday Reflections

6th Sunday of Easter (A)



May 21, 2017

“I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth.”

Once in a little while, for some others more often, we have the experience of a blackout; for some reason the electricity is cut off. The majority of people have to interrupt their activities; mothers have to postpone cooking, or switch to gas, computers at office, school, and home are shut down. Other activities are more seriously upset like electric trains and metros, cable cars, funiculars, and elevators. Not to mention entertainment and the comfort of a hot shower. Even in our liturgical celebrations we have to go back to the ancestral way to light candles, find flashlights, use old fashion megaphones or speak lauder.

During the Last Supper Jesus knew that when he left this world his disciples would need the power of his Spirit, at that time he solemnly declared, “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Paraclete (Advocate) to be with you always, the Spirit of truth.” The Holy Spirit is also like a father; Jesus said that he would not leave us orphans, he would entrust us to the guidance of the Spirit. Jesus promised to continue his presence with us through a Helper. The Helper would be the Holy Spirit.

5th Sunday of Easter (A)


FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (A) John 14: 1-12 - May 14, 2017

“I am the way, the truth, and the life, says the Lord; no one comes to the Father, except through me.”

Hearing today´s Gospel reminds me the story I once told my students to persuade them, not to hesitate to ask questions during class. Sophia was the only student who had the guts to inquire during the biology class, since the teacher besides being a wise man was also somewhat serious and severe. Sophia, the name in Greek means wisdom, quite often asked questions that sometimes the answer seemed very obvious, to the point that the other girls and boys found laughable. The teacher, Mr. Rabboni (the Hebrew word for master, teacher) of course did not appreciate the indiscipline and reprimanded the students. Later on they understood that Sophia´s questions helped them to clarify the doubts they were not daring enough to ask, plus in this way Mr. Rabboni gave more examples for the students to grow in knowledge. So every time Sophia asked questions, her classmates were encouraged also to ask over.

3rd Sunday of Easter (A)


Third Sunday of Easter (A) Luke 24:13-35 – Apr 30, 2017

“Lord Jesus, open the Scriptures to us; make our hearts burn while you speak to us”

Allow me to share with you one of the immortal short and touching stories of history. Very early Sunday morning, even before breakfast, two disciples are walking ten kilometers from the capital of the Holy Land, Jerusalem, to the village Emmaus, only two days since their Leader had been killed. It was to be almost a whole day walk, and they do not seem to be happy at all. They feel very frustrated.

They are not the main characters, they might be supporting actors of the story. They are the first members of the Church going to Sunday Mass, even though, for a moment, they had lost their faith. “They had closed the book before reading the last chapter” (Arthur Tonne). All of the sudden, a stranger appears walking by their side. They do not recognize the one who had been their good friend. “What’s new, guys?” he asks. “Excuse me, sir, are you the only human being in the whole Jerusalem who does not watch the TV news or read the newspapers?” “About what?” he asks. So, they up today “the stranger” with the sad news about Jesus’ crucifixion and death. Up to that moment, that is the end of the story for them.

4th Sunday of Easter (A)


FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (A) John 10: 1-10 - May 7, 2017

“I am the good shepherd, says the Lord; I know my sheep, and mine know me.”

Jonathan´s mom had seen her son´s friend, Brian, jumping the back yard fence, every time he came to the house to meet Jonathan to play videogames, and with two other friends they locked themselves inside the room. Mothers are wise, and Jonathan´s was not the exception. She thought, “why these boys instead of coming through the front door, had to climb over the fence to get into the house?”

Parents have the responsibility to know who their children´s friends are. When they see their kids with bad companions, they let the boys and girls know that the kind of company they have is a bad influence for them; and parents are normally right in this respect. Normal wisdom and experience of good educators teach them that good friends lead others to truth and honesty; on the contrary bad friends mislead their fellows to dishonesty and wrongdoing. Parents´ mission is to guide and protect their family.

2nd Sunday of Easter (A)



April 23, 2017

“When the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, Peace be with you …Receive the Holy Spirit.”

There is a children game called hide-and-seek. A group of players conceal themselves in the environment or in the house to be found by a seeker. One of the players counts to a predetermined number while the other players go and hide. Then the seeker attempts to locate the concealed players. At times the smart kid finds them immediately; sometimes he takes too long to find the hidden players. In this case they get bored waiting and waiting to be found, in an uncomfortable stillbody position, to the point that they start giving clues, by calling the person´s name, or by making noise. When the boy or girl finds them, they feel release, and the winner, in this case, the seeker, gets a prize.

In today´s Gospel the disciples are hiding themselves in a room and with the doors locked, not exactly playing a game, but for fear of the Jews. When they are found by Jesus, it is them who get not only one, but three prizes: peace, joy, and the Holy Spirit. Later on, they should give in return, forgiveness.

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