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10th May 2015 - 6th Sunday of Easter

posted 8 May 2015, 14:00 by St Wilfrid RC Haltwhistle   [ updated 6 Nov 2015, 00:44 by Jerry Laidler ]

10th May 2016- 6th Sunday of Easter, B

H.B. & Hw.

We live and breathe our Easter faith. We learn from experience as we listen to and receive the word Sunday by Sunday. We face other people's experience of God and make it our own.

The Cornelius story teaches that our relationship with God is not about nationality or culture. God is bigger than all the differences and divisions, the cultures and nationalities. The only race is the human race. The one thing we all have in common is the Deity.

The unique and single condition of our relationship with God is faith and love. We are basically identical. Even our gender does not divide us. Note, we say, "Unique and single condition"; not two conditions but one. We believe in God by doing right by others-: one condition! We live in conscious, loving union with God, the creator of the universe and his creation.

We worship God by good human behaviour. And we take the point, all human beings are made in God's image and likeness. All human beings are infused with God's spirit. As the Book of Genesis says, "The Lord fashioned man of dust from the soil. Then he breathed into his nostrils a breath of life and thus man became a living being." So even before we have heard of religion we are already acceptable to God and acceptable to God totally. How on earth could it be otherwise?

We are God's idea in the first place. And when we behave according to God's will there is joy in heaven and joy on earth and joy throughout the creation. 

So our love for one another actualises the Father's love for us when he gives- us –his Son and when Jesus gives himself for us. This means there can be no limit to our love. We cannot say thus far and no further, ever. There can be no limit to our practical will for the happiness of one another. This `one another' refers to the local Church and the Universal Church, but our love cannot be exclusive or sectarian, or anything but universal. What we are talking about is God's own love for the whole world. It is directed to all without exception through us.

So this love, beginning as the Father's free gift of himself in his Son, reciprocated by the Son, is finally reciprocated by us and thereby we become friends of the Lord, friends of one another, friends of the Father, friends of the earth all in the Spirit. Friendship with God is mainline Christianity, the essence of Christian life; willed for us by the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Fellowship with them and membership of their family! 

As long as we do not regard and act towards all without exception as our `friends', our Christian life is faulted, out of ‘sink’ imperfect, if not non-existent. We can never divorce our relationship with Father, Son and Spirit. from action for one another. Even our prayer and contemplation is active, directed to the service of others.

Our love for our brothers and sisters is not limited to their material well being but includes their total destiny. Created in God's image and likeness they too are drawn to enjoy God's life fully. We are not talking Utopia or unattainable ideals. We are talking true brother/sisterhood. Now! It is the reality to which we are invited. Forget your R.C. comfort zone and get out there. 

The Lord God is who he is, all things to all and we mean all.

“… he makes his sun rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the just and unjust." 

(Matt: 5.45) 

Think about it and we will know that it can never be business as usual ever again for any one of us.