Vineyard

Vineyards were familiar to Jesus’ disciples, so the image in today’s Gospel is a good image for them to imagine. People passed vineyards as they walked from place to place. Some owned their own vineyard or work in a vineyard. They were able to discern fruitful branches from those that will drain the vine’s energy. They trimmed unfruitful branches, all the while feeling good about the surgical purpose of their work. The pruning might seem cruel, but it renews the vine’s vitality. Useless vines drain the plant’s strength. To leave them in place serves no purpose, and reduces the value of the vineyard. The vinegrower cuts away unfruitful branches and, finding them unusable, burns them. We are t

Easter Season

Once in awhile there are some really worthwhile messages that come across the internet and are worth sharing. You may have already seen this, but I share it for all to heed. Remember This, Please God won’t ask what kind of car you drove, but He’ll ask how many people you helped get where they needed to go. God won’t ask the square footage of your house, but He’ll ask how many people you welcomed into your home. God won’t ask about how much clothes you had in your closet, but He’ll ask how many you helped to clothe. God won’t ask how many friends you had, but He’ll ask how many people to whom you were a friend. God won’t ask about the color of your skin, but He’ll ask about the content of you

Easter Celebration Continues

We continue our Easter celebration this week with Jesus appearing to a group of his disciples, and they are afraid, thinking they are seeing a ghost. Previously they have heard from various people who had seen Jesus, but that did not help them believe it was truly Jesus. Jesus shows them his scars from the nails, and he shares a meal with them, and then he explains the Scriptures. They finally recognize him “in the breaking of the bread,” i.e. in the Eucharist. We, too, often have the same problem. We can be close- minded; we do not understand some of the truths of our faith; we get caught up in abstract ideas, rather than the reality of Jesus’s love for us. What we need to realize is that i

Resurrection

Most of us will easily identify with our patron, St Thomas, of whom we hear about this weekend. We would have probably “doubted” that Jesus resurrected, because death is death, and no one returns from it as if nothing had happened. It simply was and IS not easy to believe in the resurrection. Besides, it is such good news and we are more accustomed to receive and accept bad news, and not good news. So what then does it mean to believe in the Resurrection? It means to already live in the permanent hope, to be thrilled and longing for the future, for the life after this earthly one. Belief in the Resurrection implies to fight to make it a reality, from now on, to live to reach that life hereaf

Easter

May the Blessings of this Easter Sunday bring joy and peace to each of you and your families. This is what we longed for all of the Lenten season, a promise of new life and hope in our eternal destiny with God forever. We can be assured that we have a place in the life hereafter. Jesus’s death and resurrection have won it for each of us. When someone dear to us dies, it seems as if for days and weeks, or more, we are going around without reacting, without having understood well what has happened, and without grasping the finality of death. This is how it may have felt to the disciples and even to Mary Magdalene during those first few days following the death of Jesus. Then, not finding the b

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