MAY 26, 2019
Christ is Risen, Alleluia! He is truly Risen, Alleluia!
“Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him, and make our dwelling with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine, but that of the Father who sent me’… ‘the Advocate, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.’”
Some recall famous farewell speeches. Others refer to them as pep talks. In business we find motivational speakers. The gospel of John in Jesus’ priestly talks, offers us all three.
How special to realize that because of my dedication and commitment, I am a living dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. How special to know that the Spirit is teaching me today, as a missionary disciple of a loving God. How special, because of my many cares and distractions that I am reminded of what is of value, the treasure hidden in the field, the pearl of great price. Jesus is not just preparing me for His departure, or entrusting His mission to me, but expects me to carry it out by what I say and do.
“Dear friends, what an immense joy to have Mary Immaculate as our Mother! Every time we experience our frailty and the promptings of evil, we may turn to her and our hearts receive light and comfort. Even in the trials of life, in the storms that cause faith and hope to vacillate, let us recall that we are her children and that our existence is deeply rooted in the infinite grace of God. Although the Church is exposed to the negative influences of the world, she always finds in Mary the star to guide her so that she may follow the route pointed out to her by Christ” (Pope Benedict XVI, Angelus Address, December 8, 2009).
As we conclude this month of May, the month dedicated in a special way to the Blessed Virgin Mary, may we ask her to keep us close to her Son Jesus and pray the prayer she loves to hear the most: The Holy Rosary. May God bless you and keep you always in His Love! Have a happy and safe Memorial Day! Mary, our Mother and Queen of peace, pray for us!
Listen to my homily today:
Joyfully in the Lord,
PRAYER FOR MEMORIAL DAY
God of power and mercy, you destroy war and put down earthly pride. Banish violence from our midst and wipe away our tears, that we may all deserve to be called your sons and daughters. Keep in your mercy those men and women who have died in the cause of freedom and bring them safely into your kingdom of justice and peace. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (from Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers)
Rev. Msgr. Edward J. Arnister
Pastor, St. Rose Parish