Third Sunday of Easter

MAY 5, 2019


Christ is Risen, Alleluia! He is truly Risen, Alleluia!

I wonder how many times in our daily lives we are looking with our physical eyes, but not seeing with our spiritual eyes? How many times have we not recognized God’s presence in a certain moment? Maybe a cute baby is laughing with delight in church, but instead of saying, “It is the Lord!” someone frowns and goes “sh-hhh!”

We live in such a culture of criticism, harsh judgment, and moving too fast that often these are our first reactions. But if we would open our eyes wider, we would see more.

In yoga, they speak of learning to see with “soft eyes”—eyes that are not defensive and quick to anger, but are open, curious, and gently ready to receive new things. If we look around us with “soft eyes”, and move into every situation with that soft openness, we will soon become aware of Jesus where we least expect him.

We probably give way too little care to our own adult spiritual needs. Do we even know how to hand ourselves over to God, to rest in God on annual retreats? Amazingly, even corporations see the value of retreats these days.

Or maybe see a spiritual director to discuss questions of the soul and heart? Take a little silence most days, to listen to God? How can we tend to the sheep Jesus has given into our care? Whether as teachers, parents, family or friends—YES, God is saying, “Feed my sheep.” Starting with our own bodies and souls.

God has an abundance of love for us to tap into, and distribute to every person, animal, and plant that we touch. Let us become good shepherds of that love, ourselves.

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“I recommend praying these words to Mary: Mary, Mother of Jesus…we come to you with the same attitude of children who come to their mother. We are no longer children, but adults who desire with all our hearts to be God’s children. Our human condition is weak; that is why we come to ask for your motherly aid so we are able to overcome our weakness. Pray for us so that we can, in turn, become people of prayer. We invoke your protection so that we may remain free from all sin. We invoke your love so that it may reign and we will be able to be compassionate and forgiving. We ask your blessing so we can be like the image of your beloved Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen” (St. Teresa of Calcutta).

In this month of May dedicated to our Blessed Mother, may God bless you, Mary watch over you, and keep you always in their love!

Joyfully in the Lord,



Rev. Msgr. Edward J. Arnister
Pastor, St. Rose Parish
Belmar, NJ

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