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None Will Be Rejected

April 21, 2013

Wednesday, April 17, 2013, the Third Wednesday of Easter

Acts 8:1-8.  They went about preaching the word.

John 6:35-40.  This is the will of my Father, that all who see the Son may have eternal life.

Gospel Reflection:

Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed!

Once again, our televisions are filled with images too terrifying to imagine. My thoughts – and I’m sure the thoughts of many – have lingered on young Martin Richard, one victim whose life was cut short at just eight years old.  He was a thoughtful, active young man who loved sports, and just made his First Communion.  One picture shows him holding a sign stating hopefully, “No more hurting people. Peace.” How sadly prophetic.  Yet what better example for hoping for eternal life; certainly for him, and for us, too.

Tertullian wrote, “The Blood of the Martyrs is the seed of the Church.’  Surely, heaven has a new young saint today.  The bigger question is what shall grow of this seed?  Peace?  Vengeance?  Justice?  Compassion?  Unity?  Only time will tell.

Yesterday, the world lost – and heaven surely gained – Mother Francine Cardew, of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist.  Those of us blessed to have known her, find the world a little more dreary today.  The feeling won’t linger – all we have to do is think of Mother, and life will be back on track.  All we have to do do is witness her family of Sisters in the world, doing what they do, and life will be back on track.  And all we have to do is recognize their life’s work of bring Christ to people, and assist them in getting the Word out, and life will definitely be on track.

In the Eucharistic Discourse by John, Jesus tries to reassure us.  He emphasizes that those who come to him, do so by accepting God’s grace.  By coming to Christ – who we acknowledge does the work of the Father – and by believing: then we may be safe in the Kingdom of God AND we shall possess this safety for all eternity on the last day.

So, when we are faced with these tragedies; when our loved ones lose a battle with cancer; when we feel that not one prayer – at a hospital, at a vigil, at Adoration or anywhere else – is to be heard or of any use; when we lament at the injustice being done to the faithful: take heart.  Remember, We are The Living.  I told you this writing from Pope Benedict last week, reminding what the early Christians called themselves: We are the living.  Living our faith out in hope.  Proclaiming our faith through our actions, our reactions, our compassion.  Jesus says today, “I AM the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”  He has told us this.  It is time to believe.  It is time to get others to believe.  Actively, or by leading by example, or by character.  And none will be rejected.

This is what Martin Richard wanted.  This is what our dear friend Mother Francine wanted.  This is what our Lord wants.  Amen.

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