Today’s Gospel presents Jesus as the vine and his followers as the branches. When we listen to Jesus say, “remain in me and bear fruit”, he is calling us to stay connected with him to fulfill our purpose. Only if we are connected to Christ can we bear fruit and become his disciples.
On the journey,
Fr. Dennis G. Lewandowski
This Sunday we continue to read about Jesus' appearances to his disciples after his Resurrection. Today's Gospel speaks of his appearance to the disciples on the road to Emmaus. It is not hard to relate to how fearful the disciples must have been after witnessing the death of their beloved teacher.
Even though Jesus' words "Peace be with you" were surely comforting words to hear, the disciples had plenty of reasons to be scared. Their hearts were troubled, and they had no idea who was in front of them. Then, Jesus, who is still bearing the marks of crucifixion, invites the disciples to look and touch his resurrected body as he shows them his hands and feet.READ MORE
Each year on Holy Saturday during the Easter Vigil, the Catholic Church welcomes thousands of new Catholics into the Catholic faith. Parishes in the United States welcome these new Catholics through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).
Holy Spirit Catholic Community welcomes (first names of this year's catechumens) to the Catholic Church and to our parish: Bryan, Frances, Wendy, Alejandra, and Joshua.READ MORE
"This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad."
Today is the greatest of all Sundays! It is the day we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord. The Season of Easter begins today and culminates on Pentecost Sunday. We celebrate the next 50 days as one feast day, as one "great Sunday."READ MORE
As we all know, we are living much longer than our grandparents perhaps or even our great grandparents. Our parents are living longer and as adult children we might be missing signs that our parents are having difficulty living alone. It’s hard to admit that our parents are aging, our mothers gave birth to us and nurtured us, and our fathers were our protectors and providers. So sometimes its hard to come to a realization that perhaps our parents need some assistance with activities of daily living.READ MORE
On this Fourth Sunday of Easter, we who follow Jesus are called to embrace all the sheep of his flock, and to respect and celebrate our differences. We are expected to learn from one another. All those things that seem to divide Jesus's followers in culture, ethnicity, or history fade in comparison with the deeper unity of the one flock under one Shepherd. Living in unity is essential for us to be faithful and credible witnesses of Christ to the world.READ MORE