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Goodnews at your Fingertips Blogspot: Saturday of the 6th week of Eastertide

Goodnews at your Fingertips Blogspot: Saturday of the 6th week of Eastertide: What to ask our Lord John 16:23-28 In the first reading, the Church further progressed with Apollos being taught "the Way"; i....

6th Sunday of Easter

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Doing the works of Jesus John 14:15-21 We reflect on the development of the resurrection experience in the sixth Sunday of Easter.

In this Sunday, we hear Philip and the apostles doing exactly the works of Jesus like curing the sick and expelling demons.  Easter shifted from the resurrected body of Jesus to the Church where all its members are doing the exact works of Jesus.  The Church now becomes the body of Christ, doing his work everywhere.

This is possible because of the Holy Spirit as Jesus promised, "I shall ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you for ever," giving the apostles and us that assurance that he will stay with us forever.

This is our challenge in the 21st century, to do the exact works of Jesus as in the time of the apostles, instead of limiting our Christian responsibility to simply attending 1 hour weekly masses.  In order to be converted to Christ, we need to use up time as long as the one given to us, talents that we have de…

Saturday of the 5th week of Eastertide

An authentic Church John 15:18-21 The Easter experience continues with the expansion of the Church as Timothy and the other disciples proclaim the Good News even to Macedonia and to the rest of the world.

In this experience, the resurrection of Jesus now resides in people being resurrected from the world to new life in God, including us in the present moment.  This privilege is not given only the Jews, but offered to the rest of the world.  And the institution carrying this is ecclesia, the Church.

Let us deepen the gift given to us when we were baptized and incorporated into the Church, which is universal in nature, "Catholic", reaching to the ends of the earth.

The qualities of this Church are:

First, it is born of the Spirit.  We may be in the world but not of this world, because our life's meaning is now founded on Jesus crucified and resurrected.  We then incorporate ourselves with others who were also drawn from the earth to be with God forever.

Second, because it…