May 6, 2012
Fifth Sunday of Easter 2012 B
By Rev. Joe McCloskey, SJ
Then Barnabas took charge of him and brought him to the apostles,
and he reported to them how he had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken to
him, and how in Damascus he had spoken out boldly in the name of Jesus. Acts
Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and
truth. 1 John 3:18
I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear
much fruit, because without me you can do nothing. John
Piety has its start in seeing the Lord. Good people speak the presence of the Lord. The Saints make him real by their lives. Christ and God live in the good we do out of
love. Love gives presence to the Lord in
our lives. Our piety is the lived love
of our lives seen in how we offer our lives for each otter. Piety is seen in us by the ways the Lord is
reflected in what we say and do. That is
all the more true when we do what we do in the name of the Lord. Like Paul in the 9th chapter of
the Acts we need to speak out boldly in the name of the Lord. We must love not just in word or speech. We must speak out in deed and truth.
We study the words of Christ and admire the simplicity of what looking
at his Cross offers us. Christ is the embodiment in human form of
divine love. Christ is so much more than
an idle word. His life is the God word
for all of our hearts. We are branches
on the vine of God’s love for us in his Son.
Christ in offering his life for us embraces us in all the ways we let
his dying on the cross make up for the ways we have fallen short of who we are
meant to be. The deeper look at Christ
open us up to the truth of who we can be in God’s love in Christ. We become God’s love to the world in the life
we give to Christ by our words and actions in his name.
The best of all the actions in our lives is seen in how we keep the
commandments. The commandments are the
revelation of God’s way that things should be done. Keeping the commandment s allows us to love
even as Christ has loved us. We know
that Christ is in us by the Spirit he has given us. The good fruits of the actions of our lives
reveal Christ remaining in us through the Spirit he gave us. By the fruits of our work Christ is revealed
in our lives. Christ is the ideal of our
lives. How we live in him is seen by all
the ways we try to do what he would do. Christ
is the ideal answer to the meaning of life.
He gives us in his words and deeds the statement of what love is all
about by his embrace from the Cross.