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5th Sunday of Easter: We are living stones in the temple of God.

My photo of the Church of St. Anne in Jerusalem

Pray:  For what particular strength do you need to ask the Lord?  Come to the “Living Stone” who is Jesus and seek the strength you need!

Study:  Reflect on a challenging time in your life.  How did you give and/or receive strength from others?

Serve:  Where can you cooperate with others right now?  How can your strength help others ?

5th Sunday of Easter Readings

Imagine a piece of construction brick or stone.  At a distance the pieces look the same, with similarities in color, texture, shape, and size.  Yet on closer examination we perceive that every piece of brick or stone is different; when seen clearly each stone is unique.

We use stones all the time in our building and construction.  We use them in walls, fireplaces, foundations, and paving.  Stones possess an inherent toughness – they are the bones of the earth – which makes them useful and vital in life.

In the second reading we hear how the Scriptures use the image of a stone in our life of faith.  Peter writes that all people should come to Jesus, a living stone, so that we might be built into a spiritual house.  Following the example of Jesus, we become “living stones” that all might see God’s kingdom here on earth.

Stones remind us of two important points.  First, stones are strong, and we are called to live our faith with the same durability and toughness.  Life is not easy, and there are times when we recognize our weakness and failures.  Yet through our relationship with Christ we gain strength and power that we do not have by ourselves.  Through Christ our talents and gifts become strong resources to be used by God.

Second, in construction stones are used in cooperation with others, and this same cooperation is part of our human experience.  Take a stone or brick out of a wall and it becomes weaker; take a person out of a community and a change is felt.  Simply put, just as a stone adds strength to those around it, so to our lives make a profound difference on those around us.

As living stones we offer our God-given strengths and abilities to build up God’s people here on earth.  Sharing our lives, we become a powerful tool through which Jesus Christ continues to be revealed to all people through time.

Stones teach us about strength and cooperation.  These insights are part of every human experience and are used throughout our lives.  As God’s living stones we discover that our faith gives us power when we work together with those around us.  May that power help us to build God’s kingdom, leading others to Christ.

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This Post was originally published on May 11, 2014.


7th Sunday of the Year – A love that knows no boundaries.

love

Study: Reflect on a moment when you felt completely and entirely loved.  How did that experience shape your life?

Pray: Is there a person in your life right now who is difficult to love?  Ask the Lord for an infusion of grace!

Serve: How can you say “I love you” with an action?  How can you show others the love in your heart?

Mass Readings – 7th Sunday of the Year

A couple of major themes surface in our readings this week:

  • 1st Reading – Be holy, and love your neighbor as yourself
  • Psalm – “The Lord is kind and merciful.”
  • 2nd Reading – You are the temple of God, which is holy
  • Gospel – Love your neighbor…and your enemy!

In the first reading and Psalm we see the Lord’s command to love one another.  This might catch some people by surprise; after all, the Old Testament is filled with examples where the people of God are anything but loving to those they encounter!  Point: love of neighbor is a clear commandment of God.

The Gospel of Matthew sets the bar higher as Jesus builds on this command and calls us to conversion.  We are not only called to love our neighbors and family, but we are also called to love our enemies and persecutors!  Like last week, Jesus takes the commandments of the Old Testament and moves far beyond them.  We are called to love with our whole heart…loving one another the way God loves us.

The second reading goes in a different direction.  We hear from St. Paul that our bodies are temples of the living God, and as such we encounter the Spirit of God in the person of everyone we meet.

A consideration for today: put the love of God into practice!  We are cherished, treasured, forgiven and esteemed by the Lord – who loves us even on our worst days.  Following this example we can act accordingly…loving those around us with the love of Jesus Christ.