Monthly Archives: May 2017

Pentecost Sunday – Year A – June 4, 2017

The Spirit: Hope For A New World

 

There is a video by Fr. Fernando Armellini with English subtitles
commenting on today’s Gospel reading:
https://youtu.be/Q4zcnQbhYLU

 

Introduction

 

The natural phenomena that impress most the imagination of man—fire, lightning, hurricane, earthquake, thunder (Ex 19:16-19)—are used in the Bible to describe the manifestations of God.

 

The sacred authors used images also to present the outpouring of the Spirit of the Lord. They said that the Spirit is a breath of life (Gn 2:7), the rain that irrigates the land and transforms the desert into a garden (Is 32:15; 44:3), a force that restores life (Ex 37:1-14), the rumble of the sky, wind that strongly blows, thunder, tongues of fire (Acts 2:1-3). All vigorous images that suggest the idea of ​​uncontrollable bursts of strength.

 

Where the Spirit comes radical upheavals and transformation always happen: barriers fall, doors are opened wide; all the towers built by human hands and designed by “the wisdom of this world” shake; fear, passivity, and quietism disappear; initiatives are developed and courageous decisions are made.

 

Who is dissatisfied and aspires the renewal of the world and of man can count on the Spirit: nothing can resist its power. One day the prophet Jeremiah asked himself discouragingly: “Can an Ethiopian change his skin or a leopard his spots? And can you do good, you who are accustomed to doing evil” (Jer 13:23). Yes—one can answer him—every prodigy is possible where the Spirit of God erupts.

 

To internalize the message, we repeat:
“The Spirit of the Lord fills the earth and renews the face of the earth.”

 

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Ascension of the Lord – Year A – May 28, 2017

A different way of being near

 

There is a video by Fr. Fernando Armellini with English subtitles
commenting on today’s Gospel reading:
https://youtu.be/Ddn_RWI3n8U

 

Introduction

 

With the coming of Jesus in the glory of the Father, has anything on earth changed?

 

Outwardly, nothing. The lives of the people continued to be what it was before: to sow, reap, trade, build homes, travel, cry and party, as usual. Even the apostles did not receive any reduction on dramas and anxieties experienced by other people. However, something incredibly new happened: a new light was projected on the existence of people.

 

On a foggy day, the sun suddenly appears. The mountains, the sea, the fields, the trees of the forest, the scent of the flowers, the songs of the birds remain the same, but the way of seeing or perceiving them is different.

 

It also happens to one who is enlightened by faith in Jesus ascended into heaven: he sees the world with new eyes. Everything makes sense, nothing saddens, nothing scares.

 

In addition to the fatality, the miseries, the errors of persons, the Lord who builds his reign is seen.

 

An example of this completely new perspective could be the way to consider the years of life. We all know, and maybe we smile, of octogenarians who envy those who have fewer years than them. They are ashamed of their age. Well, they turn their gaze to the past, not to the future. The certainty of the Ascension reverses this perspective. While the years pass, the Christian is satisfied because he sees the days of a definitive encounter with Christ coming soon. He is happy to have lived, does not envy the young ones and looks at them with tenderness.

 

To internalize the message, we repeat:
“The sufferings of this present time are not worth compared to the future glory that will be revealed in us.”

 

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