Fifth Sunday of Easter

May 19, 2019

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

It is hard to remember the important things in life. Our lives are often filled with so much activity, so many distractions and attractions, that we sometimes forget what it is all about.

Well, what is it all about? Are we just living from moment to moment, being pushed from one thing to another? Sometimes it’s so sad when you hear people talk about their lives as nothing but a whole bunch of activities. There doesn’t seem to be any real content in some people’s lives. It’s just one thing after another.

So what is it all about? It’s all about love. Loving one another, as Jesus has so simply told us in today’s Gospel: “I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I l have loved you, so you also should love one another.”

Our lives as women and men are incomprehensible and senseless if they are not lived in love, and from love. At times, so much of life is incomprehensible. Often we just don’t understand the way things are. We don’t understand why certain terrible things happen to people.

It’s especially at times like those that we need to have the experience of love. When we are in the midst of loving and taking care of others, then life makes sense on a deeper level. We don’t have any more understanding, but we become deeply engaged in life in a way that goes beyond words.

We need to be immensely grateful that the Lord saw fit to give us such a gift. When all of us take this gift and use it every day of our lives, we will then create the new heaven and the new earth because we will all be living in love.

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“O Lord, you have given me so much; please give me one thing more: A GRATEFUL HEART” (Prayer of Gratitude). I thank you for the opportunity to be your parish priest here at St. Rose and as I celebrate my 40th Anniversary of Ordination today. I humbly ask your continued prayers for me and all priests. May Jesus Christ the Eternal High Priest 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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