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Lorida, Florida
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Spiritual Reflections
by Fr. Sean C. Mulcahy,

A Talk for the Second Sunday of Easter
April 12th, 2015

“Call to Action????”

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, And sings the tune without words, and never stops at all” - -Emily Dickinson. After All that Jesus has done for us –his life, his suffering, his death and resurrection – with prolonged reflection, we cannot but automatically have incredible, unlimited Hope. Christian hope –hope backed up by God’s Son, Jesus Christ, provides us with ‘feathers –wings’ so we can move to higher thoughts, higher awareness, a much more positive-filled view/attitude of our life, and most definitely our ‘future’. I came across this very neat expression which is appropriate for today’s message: “I look at it this way, I became a Christian because, like a tennis game, you can’t play unless you serve”. Surely we are away beyond the simplistic-anemic understanding, that keeping a few rules will satisfy and acknowledge our gratitude to God for all that Jesus has done for each of us. , we are called to jump into the game of life and serve.

In the St. Anthony Messenger for April 2015, we read” Has The Call to Action Been Heard? “The message for the 2015 World Day of Peace was “Slaves no more, but brothers and sisters It named human trafficking, trade in migrants and prostitutes, exploitation, slave labor, and the enslavement of women and children. This message was sent to all the world’s foreign ministers, setting the out the Vatican’s focus of diplomacy for 2015.”Pope Francis has repeatedly emphasized that this heavy agenda is an essential part of the gospel, which Jesus Christ came to proclaim, and obviously is mandated by the second commandment – “Love your neighbor as yourself”.

Our first reading from Acts 4: “The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed than any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common. With great power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. There was no needy person among them . . ‘ Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love is everlasting . ‘His mercy endures forever”. The second reading from John 5: “ For the love of God is this, that we keep his commandments” .The victor over the world is the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God”.In the gospel we are told that Thomas was absent, why? He was not present when Jesus breathed forth on the apostles. We too can be absent – absent about sufficient knowledge about our faith-while we stay uptodate on current events, we not be so appreciative of enriching our faith.

I was privileged to hear Fr. John Dear talk about injustice, war and peace following Jesus is much more demanding that being just ‘nice’. in Dania this past Friday, and he challenged us because we do not always bring our witness of Christ’s resurrection into daily life. WE think that being ‘nice people’ that is sufficient- it is not period. The Be-Attitudes is referred to by Fr. Henri Nouwen as a self-portrait of Jesus Himself. If you and I wish to be his followers, we took have to live and practice the Be-Attitudes. And then the world will look down upon us. (Quote some of them)” Thomas after Jesus had ‘identified and certified himself’, Thomas finally said: “MY LORD and my God”.
























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