As we look at the Ascension of Jesus and the subsequent outpouring of the Holy Spirit, we journey with St. Paul to the profund mystical truth the Lord expounds through him in the Letter to the Ephesians, that in Christ Jesus, we are seated in heavenly places. (Eph 2:6)
At the Last Supper Jesus told his apostles, "where I am going you know the way." Over the course of the Last Supper, Jesus would then explain that the way is going to be living life in union with the Holy Spirit. This message takes a look at the Last Supper teachings of Jesus on the Holy Spirit...
A word of encouragment on living life in the Holy Spirit in a difficult season...
In John Chapter 14, we hear Jesus proclaim "do not let your hearts be troubled" and that "in my Father's house there are many dwelling places and I go to prepare a place for you and I will come back again to take you to myself so that where I am you also may be." Behind these beautiful words indicative of a specific marriage practice in ancient Israel is the backdrop of salvation history and God's remarkable desire to have an eternal marriage bond with his people in the New & Eternal Covenant.
In declaring "I am the gate" (Jn 10:9) & "the good shepherd" (Jn 10:11), Jesus makes clear that entering into a life of faith in Him, in which He leads us, is entering into the life of heaven even now: "I know mine and mine know me, just as the Father knows me adn I know the Father." (Jn 10:14-15)
Defeated and downcast, two of the disciples of Jesus left Jerusalem on Easter Day not believing he had risen from the dead, only to encounter a stranger on the way who would change thier lives forever...
From calming his fearful apostles, to blessing them with the gift of the sacrament of confession to restoring a wavering Thomas...the divine mercy of the risen Jesus is on full display for us to taste and see in chapter 20 of John's gospel...
An brief introduction and overview of the devotion to Divine Mercy...
The culmination of Holy Week brings us to the awesome reality that through the gift of our baptism, we have recieved the grace of the resurrection and that the resurrection transformation of our lives here and now is God's wonderful will for our lives!
At the Easter Vigil we enter into the overwhelming joy of Mary Magdaline and Mary (the mother of James & John) as they encounter the angel who shows them the empty tomb, and then they encounter the risen Lord Jesus. We look at the unique grace of the resurrection given to us through our baptism that enables to live with Holy Spirit resurrection-power filled humanity.
Journying through the Sacred Triduum we come to the cross with Jesus on Good Friday. As a King, with all power and authority, he freely submits himself to his passion and death, giving us the ultimate revelation of the Father's love, and our path to redemption and salvation.
Beginning the litrugy of the Sacred Triduum, we come to the Mass of the Lord's Supper with Jesus. In the midst of the Passover Seder, Jesus declares his vows, the oath instituting the New & Eternal Covenant and declaring his intention to give up his body and pour out his blood to overwhelm the powers of sin and death through divine love flowing at maximum capacity through Jesus Christ for all of us.
We look at four particular aspects of Matthew's Passion Narative:
1 - The Passion of Christ in the context of His establishment of The New and Eternal Covenant.
2 - A deeper dive into the words of Christ from the cross "my God my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Mt 27:46)
3 - The significance of the tearing of the temple veil.
4 - Matthew's mention that "tombs were opened, and the bodies of many saints who had fallen asleep were raised." (Mt 27:52)
We begin Holy Week by diving into Matthew 21:1-11, the entrance of Jesus into Jersualem, wherin the prophecies of Ezekiel (chapter 10 & 43), Zechariah (chapter 9) and Nathan (2 Samuel 7) are fulfilled.
As Jesus, God in the flesh, entered into a showdown with death at the tomb of Lazarus...he previews God's ultimate victory over death through the power of faith in Christ...a power needed more than ever in our times.
A look at chapter 9 of John's Gospel and the story of the man born blind being healed by Jesus and coming to faith in Jesus. In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, we consider the gift of faith, the problem of evil and the deliverance we trust in Jesus to bring.
At a healing service at St. Basil the Great Catholic Church in Eastpointe, MI Mary Chris recounts the wonderful healing of her ankle/foot. Glory to you Blessed Trinity!
At an Encounter School of Healing in Janesville, Wisconsin, Amy recounts the healing of her elbow from a longstanding injury, praise you Jesus!
At an Alive prayer gathering in St. Mary's in Williamston, Gosha recounts the wonderful healing from depression she recieved. (Gosha was prayed for about 1 year earlier at an Alive gathering and this testimony recounts the amazing difference in her life) GLORY TO GOD!
A look at the gift of intercessory prayer...
At an Alive prayer gathering at St. Mary's in Williamston, a scriptural reflection on living with a heart consumed with God's presence...
At an Encounter Ministries Healing service at St. Williams in Janesville, Wisconsin -- Greg recounts being healed of complete deafness in his left ear....GLORY TO GOD!
In the third and final week of a preaching series around the relocation of the tabernacle at Corpus Christ Catholic Church in Detroit, we look at the connection between worshipping God and the movements common to the rythem of prayer at mass...movements of grace.
With the decision to relocate the tabernacle to the center of the Church in the sanctuary at Corpus Christi, we look at the biblical precedents of God's presence in the midst of a community in covenant with God & the sign and reality of Jesus at the center of our lives and Church.