Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Sunday Word

In today's Gospel, Jesus tells his friends:

"You know the way to the place where I'm going."

But Thomas replies,

"Lord, we don't know where you're going -
how can we know the way?"

Ever been in Thomas' shoes?

Trying to find the way?

Trying to find your way?

Trying to find the Lord's way - and the Lord's way for you?

The best way to begin to prepare for Mass this weekend, the Fifth Sunday of Easter, is to take a look at the Scriptures and ask the Lord for directions... how do we feed our hearts the power of Christ? It comes down to being connected to the promises of his Word, found in the Scriptures, and the power of his presence, found in his people. Just as someone who's cultivating physical heart health by taking up running might, God's Word and his people are essential for a strong heart of faith.
Christ makes a promise, saying, "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." Quite often, when our hearts are troubled and we feel furthest from Christ, it's simply because we are far from the two places - his Word and his people - where He is promised to always be found.

What's more, we live in a world in which access to God's Word has never been easier. J

Once your heart of faith is fed with Christ, the essential element is to make sure it's regularly stretched, exercised and put to the test in a lifestyle of relentlessly pursuing Christ. Immediately after telling his disciples to feast on him, Jesus boldly proclaimed that they would be living lives of faith in which they achieved more amazing things than he did! "Truly, truly," said Jesus, "whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these he will do ..." The disciples needed hearts that were fed with Christ because they had be thrown into lives of doing incredible, frightening, heart-straining works in the name of Christ.