Transformation In Christ Takes Time

Dear brothers and sisters, All of us are here today because we love Jesus Christ and we want to follow him more and more closely. In other words, there is still a gap between the kind of Catholic we would like to be, and the kind of Catholic we actually are. We know that a follower of Christ should be patient, self-controlled, faithful, generous, and kind. We also know that although we follow that recipe sometimes, many other times we don’t. In the face of this contrast between the desire of our hearts and the reality of our daily lives, we can be tempted to frustration. Today, however, the Church is giving us an antidote to that frustration in the example of St. Paul. In today’s First

Jesus Wants to Win Back Our Trust

Dear brothers and sisters, The fall of Adam and Eve came about as a result of their lack of trust in God – this was original sin. As the Catechism explains (#397), “Man, tempted by the devil, let his trust in his Creator die in his heart and, abusing his freedom, disobeyed God’s command. This is what man’s first sin consisted of. All subsequent sin would be disobedience toward God and lack of trust in his goodness.” Jesus Christ came to win back that lost trust, so as to lead us away from our self-centered, fear-filled, sin-wounded lives and back into his faithful flock. By giving up his own life to atone for our sins, he showed that the Father is worthy of our trust, that he will forgi

The Resurrection of Christ Gives Us a Fresh Start

Dear brothers and sisters, St. Peter shows amazing courage in today's First Reading, taken from his Pentecost sermon. In that sermon, he preached the gospel to the Jewish leaders and residents of Jerusalem – the very same group of people who had conspired to condemn Jesus to death by crucifixion. Peter doesn't sugar-coat his message; he reminds them, “The author of life you put to death.” He then moves on from their sin, weakness, and ignorance – he lifts their gaze to something much more important. He tells them that God can handle it, that God took the evil of Christ's suffering and death and turned it into the definitive victory over evil, suffering and death: “God raised him from the

Jesus, I Trust in You.

Dear brothers and sisters, Eight days ago we and all the rest of the 1.3 billion Catholics throughout the world gazed with wonder and gratitude on the Resurrection of our Lord. Today, we turn our eyes back to the little group of Apostles who, eight days after Easter Sunday, were gathered once again in the Upper Room. Jesus appears to them, once again, in the glory of his Resurrected Body, effortlessly passing through their locked doors and their hidden fears. The first thing he does is go after the one lost sheep whose heart is astray: he lets doubting St. Thomas touch his glorious wounds, mercifully removing all doubts that had separated him from the rest of the tiny Church. Then, he lo

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