Easter Sunday, my brother sent my sisters and me a photo from our childhood. It was Easter Sunday, and we were all dressed up for Mass. The photo flooded my mind with memories of the good times we had. We were a united, close-knit, mid-20th century family. We were the focus of our parents, and we trusted them explicitly because of their love and attention. When they spoke, we listened and obeyed their words. It was a good relationship. Do you remember the trust you experienced as a child?
Today’s gospel highlights the relationship of Jesus with God the Father. The words of Jesus tell us that he was fully obedient to God, trusting in his every word. As Father and son, they were united. Jesus spoke the truth of his Father in word and action. John sums it up in the last sentence. So what I say, I say as the Father told me. The first reading from Acts speaks of the relationship between Jesus and his Apostles. The Apostles were in full communion with Jesus, spreading the word and breaking the bread. Jesus is now gone, and the word of God continued to spread and grow.
In his book With Burning Hearts, Henri Nouwen writes: In the Eucharist, we touch its’ most sacred aspects, the mystery that the deepest communion with Jesus is a communion that happens in his absence. This is what we live in the Eucharistic celebration and when we live a Eucharistic life. We hang on to the word of God through scripture, and we are united with God through Jesus’ Body and Blood which we share.
This Easter season, are you spreading the word of God to others? Are you in communion with Jesus?
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
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