Following Christ is Not Easy

Dear brothers and sisters, In the best of times, answering God’s call to become a disciple, or a life-long student or follower of Jesus Christ, is not easy; and with COVID-19 and our challenges as a church to navigate through this difficult time, this is true more than ever: it is hard to follow Christ, to be a Christian, but it’s worth it! That sums up the message Our Lord is trying to communicate to us in today’s Gospel passage – and it’s a message that we constantly need to be reminded of. At first, it almost seems like Jesus is trying to discourage us from following him. He warns that friendship with him is demanding. To be a true friend of Jesus Christ means that everything else has

God’s Providence is Real

Dear brothers and sisters, God hears the cry of the poor! That’s what today’s Psalm tells us; and the First Reading says the same thing: “Praise the Lord, for he has rescued the life of the poor from the power of the wicked!” Jeremiah jubilantly proclaims God’s power and faithfulness: “But the Lord is with me, like a mighty champion;” he says, “my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph.” These are beautiful words, but are they too good to be true? Does God really hear the cry of the poor? What about the 115,000 unborn babies worldwide who will be murdered in their mother’s wombs today? What about the 10 million children worldwide who are trafficked into slavery every year? Wh

Corpus Christi Sunday: Christ Shares His Life with the World

This past week, we were delighted to celebrate the Eucharist publicly with our parish family for the first time in three months, and very soon we look forward to opening up the church on the weekend. The reopening of the church has been a very emotional process for all of us, especially since we are burdened indefinitely with the requirements of safety and social distancing. Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Corpus Christi. This is what the Sacrament of the Eucharist is: is not just a symbol of Christ’s Presence; it is the reality of Christ’s Presence. As much as our Live Streaming and virtual worship has sustained us through these months, it doe

Most Holy Trinity Sunday – Life is All About Relationships

“God Is Love” (1 John 4:8) – this is something we have all heard many times. In fact, we may have become so used to it that we don’t remember how revolutionary and unique that conception of God really is. There are many religions in the world, and many of them have come to understand that God is good; but almost all of them start with humanity’s search for God. Because human nature is limited, that search can only arrive to a limited view of God. Christianity is different. Christianity is about God’s search for humanity. When Jesus Christ came to earth, he came in order to rescue the fallen human race from evil and bring it to the joys of eternal life. Thus, in Christianity, we have t

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Church of St. John

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