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8th April 2018 - 2nd Sunday of Easter B

posted 8 Apr 2018, 06:46 by Veronica Yarwood


H.B. & Hw.

 

Brothers and sisters, "United heart and soul",

says the Acts. So we cannot say, "What I do

with my money is none of your business."

Brothers and sisters, "United heart and soul",

says the Acts. So we cannot say, "What I do

with my body is none of your concern."

Brothers and sisters, "United heart and soul",

says the Acts. So we cannot say, "My lifestyle

is not your concern."

We cannot say these things when the Acts

push us to shared prayer, shared study, shared

table, shared material goods, "shared duties

and responsibilities". We are a sharing people

because we are an Easter people, brothers and

sisters of the risen Lord. No longer just

disciples we note but named brothers and

sisters by the risen Lord himself. (Mat?)

Our sharing is our Easter faith in action. Our

sharing reveals the risen Christ. And the risen

Christ may not be divided, only shared by his

brothers and sisters.

 

So through with and in the risen Lord Jesus we

belong totally to God. Just as our world and

all that's in it belongs to God, all space and all

time. All of his/hers! We are entrusted with

our life and our world. So our lifestyle does

matter. Our investments do matter. Our

consumption does matter. They all affect

others and every variation of other, especially

the weakest. As Pope Paul VI says, "If you

want peace in this world, work for justice."

Jesus' mission is to bring well-being to our

world. Jesus is well-being in person. Jesus is

us as we are meant to be. It is well-being

based on justice, solidarity, community and

respect for the whole cosmos.

Big themes, overworked words but the very

stuff of the kingdom we pray for when we say,

"Thy kingdom come." So we accept the rights

and the needs of others, persons, places and

things. We forgive ourselves and we forgive

others, prone as we are to disconnect, to evil,

sin and selfishness.

We accept God's gift of the Spirit who

strengthens and empowers us for the

 

establishment of God's kingdom of total well‑

being. We accept the being and backing of the

unseen God who is always through us, with us

and in us to support and help us. This is life as

God wills it and it will be achieved.

Success is guaranteed by God. "You cannot

keep a good God down." It is writ large in

Christ's victory over all the horror, evil and

corruption of sin and death. This is the reason

for our Easter joy. This is the reason for our

Easter celebration. We are well-being bound.

The well-being pattern is present in all and the

pattern will out, total well-being through with

and in the risen Lord Jesus.

 

 

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