Jesus promises to bring about a new kingdom characterized by justice, healing, and transformation. Living as citizens of the kingdom involves making sacrifices, but Jesus shows his disciples that they need not be afraid.
We are not well. Our planet is not well, our society is not well, and most of our bodies are not well. Jesus offers healing, but first we must come to him.
Despite the trinitarian math of three equals one and one equals three, God is beyond words, explanation, or understanding.
Pentecost is a feast reminding us that kinship is found in entering into the gap, the space between us and the other. It is there that the Holy Spirit abides.
In John’s Gospel, the Easter promise is both about what happens after we die, and also a promise that we can live out here and now.
St. Stephen was one of the first called forth from the early Christian community to the servant ministry of deacon. Not only did he address the symptoms of the poor, oppressed, and those in need, but also the causes which led to his martyrdom.
On the Fourth Sunday of Easter, Fr. Javier reflects on the nature of belonging in the church community: “Let us remember that we are dependent and vulnerable, let us rely on one another, for that is what the church is meant to be: a place where we share our gifts and where others’ gifts enrich…