Monday, May 23, 2011
The Fifth Week of Easter
This is the fifth week in the glorious Easter Season. As we listen to the daily readings from the Acts of the Apostles, we are reminded that both the Resurrection and Good Friday are concurrently present in our lives. This week's readings give examples of the many ups and downs experienced by Saint Paul in his efforts to share the faith. Paul and Barnabas gave their disciples assurances that: "We must undergo many trials if we are to enter into the reign of God." In Tuesday's reading from Saint John's Gospel, we are also reminded of Jesus' promise, in one of his last discourses, to his followers: "Peace is my farewell to you, my peace is my gift to you ... Do not be distressed or fearful." We also hear this text of Jesus' promise in the prayers of every mass. While it is easy to see the great sufferings of Paul as distant from us and our relatively comfortable world, it is helpful to remember that these words of encouragement apply, as well, to our own various efforts, frustrations, challenges and accomplishments as Pauline Cooperators. Thank you, Margie, for your last posting reminding us of the great value of spending prayer time with Jesus -- our Way, Truth, and Life -- in the Blessed Sacrament.