Fourth Sunday of Easter

May 12, 2019

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

Just as vibrations, fluids, and nutrition directly form the baby from the mother’s own body, God breathes life into us from the substance of God’s own self. We are shaped in God’s own Divine Image, and marked with the vibrations of God’s own Voice; and since we know from Jesus that “the Father and I are one,” we can be assured that we are also one body with Jesus.

Since we are born of God’s substance, there will be no way in our future life that we can be entirely deaf to the Voice of God. The Scripture tells us, “Faith comes from hearing.” We all know, however, that at times, we don’t really want to hear that Voice. We can try to ignore it. We can avoid prayer and times of reflection upon our situation; we can refuse to seek help or wisdom from others when we need it; we can keep busy and surround ourselves with as much loud music, noise, drink and distraction as we can bear.

This Easter season is the best time to have our hearing checked! When we listen to Jesus in the Scriptures, in prayer, in our daily lives with friends and families—let’s try to listen with every fiber of our being—not just with our ears. To listen well requires silence. Maybe it’s time to go on a Day of Reflection, or a women’s or men’s retreat. When you listen with your whole body, your body’s wisdom tells you what needs resting, changing, or renewing. You will hear the Good Shepherd calling you, who is longing to protect and refresh you.

Finally, the test of our hearing will be whether we resemble the disciples, who “knew only how to be filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.” Jesus’ love is so generous that it reaches the hearing of everyone and anyone. Let’s listen generously, too.



All loving God, we give you thanks and praise you for mothers young and old.

We pray for young mothers who give life and count toes and tend to our every need. May they be blessed with patience and tenderness to care for their families and themselves with great joy.

We pray for our own mothers who have nurtured and cared for us: May they continue to guide us in strong and gentle ways. We remember mothers who are separated from their children because of war, poverty, or conflict; may they feel the loving embrace of our God who wipes every tear away.

We pray for women who are not mothers but still love and shape us with motherly care and compassion. We remember mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers who no longer are with us but who live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love. Amen.


It occurs to me: why is it mainly women, who pass on the faith? Simply because the one who brought us Jesus is a woman. It is the path chosen by Jesus. He wanted to have a mother; the gift of faith comes to us through women, as Jesus came to us through Mary.” (Pope Francis). Enjoy this Mother’s Day and may God bless you and keep you always in His Love.

Joyfully in the Lord,

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

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