We gather together today with great joy because we have something very, very special to celebrate: the 50 years of married life that Richard and Michelle celebrate today, and all of us together with them. Perhaps we should ask ourselves what is the very special reason why their 50 years of married life is a cause for such great celebration, as it is. Something that happened to me a short time ago perhaps sets the stage for why we celebrate with such great joy.
The Peace Pulpit
The Peace Pulpit: We share in the joy and excitement Easter can bring, but we don't have that deep awareness of how extraordinary this is.
The Peace Pulpit: Jesus is the resurrection, and if we believe in him, we will never die and begin to live the life of Jesus now.
The Peace Pulpit: This Gospel lesson today prepares us for this anticipation of Easter where we renew our baptismal promises. Listen to Bishop Gumbleton's homily.
Is God really in our midst or not? Is God really here among us right now or not? Sometimes, we ask that question in moments of great distress when we have suffered some terrible tragedy or we have fallen away from God in some way. We wonder, Is God really with us? How could this have happened?
One of the puzzling things that I always think about first of all when we have this Scripture passage about the temptations of Jesus: Were they really temptations? I mean, could Jesus really have said "Yes" to Satan? He's the son of God; could he have sinned? Well, we have to remember that Jesus was also fully human, and this is one of the ways in which the mystery of the incarnation becomes so real.
The Peace Pulpit: If we’re going to be really intent on seeking the kingdom of God, it’s important for us to have a sense, “What do we mean by the kingdom of God?”
The Peace Pulpit: We must understand that the wisdom of God is wiser than human wisdom and stronger than human strength.
The Peace Pulpit: What is the reign of God? It's when God's dynamic love is something experienced by every person, and all of us are drawn into that love.
The Peace Pulpit: The challenge to us today is to be the salt of the earth, to be the light that shines in the darkness. Listen to Bishop Gumbleton's homily.