Jesus reminds Peter in the Gospel of John to focus on his own particular path and not worry about anyone else. It’s a good lesson for us all as we concentrate our effort to carry out the unique tasks that each of us has received from the Lord.
Jesus teaches the disciples that out of love he was sent from the Father into this world, and now he leaves the world to return to the Father. All of us are pilgrims passing through this life; as we live each day may we recall that one day the Father will call us out of this world as well.
We recognize that being disciples of Jesus Christ does not take away experiences of suffering and loss; rather, we understand that God will give us what we need to make our way through even the darkest moments of life – turning our grief into joy.
Jesus helps the disciples understand that to see him is to see the Father, and to believe in him leads to doing great works in his name. But note this: these words are meant for us as well! As we see God at work in our lives, may our belief flourish as we do the work that is before us for the glory and honor of Christ.
The Lord commands us to proclaim the Good News through our words and actions as we invite others to encounter God through the Church. This 40 minute presentation is the second part of the Parish Mission given at St. Anthony Abbot Catholic Church on March 12, 2018.
Christ calls us to repent of our sins and turn to Him. This 45 minute presentation outlines some of the ways we embrace repentance as an ongoing part of our conversion of heart as we draw closer to God and one another. Given at a Parish Mission at St. Anthony Abbot Catholic Church on March 11, 2018.
The Lord commands the disciples to “go into the world and tell the Good News.” Our faith today is built on the witness of those who have gone before us. But the command of Jesus applies to us as well…prompting us to consider how we will proclaim the Good News to those around us today.