This weekend, had the Masses been in-person, we would have had Deacon Terry sharing his Homily. We invite you instead to read his words in the PDF below, followed by Fr. Charlie’s message on the Fifth Sunday of Easter.
1 John 3:18-24
Traditionally, May is a month dedicated to Mary, Our Blessed Mother – the month ends with the Feast of the Visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth. While we often refer to Mary as “mother”, she is also a “disciple” of the Lord, the most perfect one! As disciple, she grew into this, pondering and reflecting on what the “Christ” event was truly about.
The Acts of the Apostles present to us today people growing in sainthood, growing in discipleship. As Paul visits the church in Jerusalem. He is looked upon with suspicion and doubt – not unusual as he was a recent convert to the faith. Barnabos is presented here as his sponsor or guarantor – they will be together as missionaries sent out by the Jerusalem Church. In this, we see the intervention of the Holy Spirit, which motivates human meditation which is consistent with the experience of the Church. Some level of submission to the Church is part of discernment.
Essential to being a disciple of the Lord is “pruning” – a certain purification of one’s motives, often involving a good dose of humility. The Old Testament people as the chosen time had to be open to it as do we.
The words “remain in me as I remain in you” reminds us how the word of the Lord turns the vine. Let’s continue to be open to that word by which we grow in fidelity to the Lord.
Cyril of Alexandria tells us…
Like branches growing from a vine, we now draw our life from Christ, and we cling to his holy commandment in order to preserve this life.