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Spiritual Reflections
by Fr. Sean C. Mulcahy,
D.Min., LMFT, AAPC

Talk for the Third Sunday of Easter
April 19th, 2015

“Jesus is Our Advocate”


    This week we heard some candidates their hat into the ring for president of the US. They made what could be called their ‘mission statement, which supposedly contains how they are going to run their campaign, which as we all know will change and be altered as circumstances dictate.“Today social justice is one of the most serious challenges to the conscience of the world. The abyss between those who are within the world ‘order’ and those who are excluded is widening day by day. Twenty per- cent of humankind control eighty- percent of all means of life. That fact creates a dangerous imbalance in the movement of history”. Dr. Leonardo Boff –a theologian and advocate for the oppressed and the poor. Jesus Christ is the model and basis for our advocacy, namely, his identification with the poor.

You remember that at a very early age Jesus stood up in the synagogue at Nassareth and read his ‘Mission Statement’ from the prophet Isaiah. “The spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor .He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim a year of favor from the Lord”. This is Jesus’ campaign speech, which, it is most important to remember, unlike our campaign speeches, never, never changes. We all have ‘mission statements,’ ideas, plans, goals, expectations, which form our mission statements, whether we are aware of them or not. This week, let us reflect on what our ‘mission statement’ , indicated, of course by how we live .Where do we put our energies???

Our first reading from Acts 3: we find Peter giving a short course in the history of salvation-“The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, has glorified Jesus whom you handed over, and asked that a murderer be released to you .The author of life you put to death, but God raised him up. Repent therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away”.” Lord let you face shine on us” .Our second reading from 1 John 2: “ But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous one. The way we may be sure that we know him is to keep his commandments”. For our gospel from Luke 24, the apostles had a very hard time accepting the resurrection-that’s why their first response to the empty tomb was – ‘they have stolen the body’. So here we have Jesus using ever means to convince them that he is the ‘crucified and the risen one’. ‘Look at my hands and my feet. Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones . .” Have you anything to eat?
”The question for each of us is: Do we accept the incredible love and unlimited forgiveness that the risen Christ has for us? And then once we accept, we become witnesses of that divine love for all mankind.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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