Here we are in the Easter season with Lent, the Triduum, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday all behind us. Whew! What an incredibly active time here at St. Francis Xavier – the music rehearsals, the intensely rich liturgies, the celebration of welcome to new members of the Catholic Church, the Stations of the Cross, the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Good Friday services, Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation. This community is alive with lived faith – let us all give thanks to God for the gift of the Risen Christ – Our salvation!
This is the Good News; that we are saved, that we are promised an eternal home with God through the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is the Good News; we are responsible for sharing with the world. And honestly, our world could use a generous dose of Good News. As baptized Christians, true believers and followers of Christ, we must be disciplined in the work of taking the Good News to others.
We must carry the Good News in our thoughts and actions into our workplace, into our homes, with family and colleagues and even the stranger we meet at the mall or grocery store, on the street corner or in the pew next to us at Mass. All of these people, God’s people, deserve to hear the Good News of Jesus and to be treated like Jesus by others. To put it in very simple language, all of these people deserve to be loved, loved in a way that we learned from Jesus; an unconditional love without judgement. If we know Jesus, we know this love and we are bound by our baptism to share it.
We can only imagine what the scenes must have been like as Jesus gathered his disciples for that First Eucharist while the Romans were plotting his death. Think of how much activity was taking place in preparation for the public crucifixion of one they accused as a political rebel.
Remember, even his own disciples abandoned him, denied even knowing him and hid in fear of their own lives. Then, upon his rising from the dead Jesus stood before them filled with that unconditional, non-judgmental love and greeted them with “Peace by with you.”
Indeed, Jesus continues to teach his message of love, mercy and forgiveness. Can we do the same in our world today? Let us examine our hearts, now filled with hope in the Resurrection, as we share the Good News of the Risen Christ by showing our love, kindness and mercy toward others.
Joy and peace in the Risen Christ,
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC