As friends of Jesus the disciples are invited into an intimacy with God! That intimacy can be ours as well.
In a community, the unity we share with Christ must also mean we are united with each other. In all things we strive to keep Jesus' command to love one another as he has loved us.
The relationship Jesus offers us is one characterized by the dignity and worth he sees in each of us. He knows each of us by name.
The message of Good News must be preached to the ends of the earth. Like the disciples, we also are witnesses to the risen Lord, commissioned to carry his message to the world.
When our individual faith wavers, we can gain strength from the Holy Spirit at work in the midst of a community of faith.
Our Easter Gospel is a story of living faith in which we are participants, and to which we are now witnesses.
During this week the dramatic story of Jesus' death and resurrection is linked with the human stories of those preparing for Baptism.
Lent is about renewing our Baptisms, through which God has written a personal, covenant relationship with Jesus Christ on our hearts.
In Lent, we examine our lives in order to restore our part of the baptismal covenant--our relationship with God in Christ.
The gap between inner conviction and external action saddened and angered Jesus. He urges us to live out the commandments--not just put on an exterior display.