In the midst of human life Christians gather to share their common needs and gifts. We break open the scriptures, we break the bread, and we go out ready to witness.
Most of us are used to a scientific approach to the world around us. However when we hear this Gospel proclaimed we can take heart from our fellow believers who "have not seen, and yet believe."
The first followers of Jesus witness that he was risen; they had experienced him alive in their midst. Today our Easter Gospel is a story of living faith in which we are participants, and to which we are now witnesses.
There's no excuse for anti-semitism. We can help to foster reconciliation between Christians and Jews by a careful and prayerful reading of the passion narratives.
The late Scripture scholar Fr. Raymond Brown suggests that Lazarus represents the ultimate challenge for those who are baptized in Christ: the encounter with death itself.
How do we witness to Jesus? Can people detect the light of Christ shining in us? Our faith grows through choices we make in life.
Most of us need time to be convinced. We face contradictions and faulty choices in our lives. Nevertheless we thirst for what God offers us.
In Baptism we say yes to God--a choice that transforms our lives and sets us on a journey of faith that continues to this day.
In the Bible, the desert is often a place of testing--of choices. The season of Lent is like a spiritual desert where we hope to rediscover our identification with Christ.
Without the graces we are offered in Jesus Christ, the task of being perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect, is impossible.