Saturday, the 3rd week of Easter
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Thursday at 7p
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am and 7:00pm during the semester
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Amselm
Readings for today’s Mass
In a recent epistle from the Acts of the Apostles, the early Christian Church was described as The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common. Today, also from the Acts of the Apostles, The Church throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria was at peace. She was being built up and walked in the fear of the Lord, and with the consolation of the Holy Spirit she grew in numbers.
My, my, i must ask myself, Whatever has become of us? We certainly aren't of one heart and mind anymore. Neither does the Church seem to be at peace. We argue over ideologies; we are in disagreement over things that the Church has taught with great eloquence; and there are many within the Church, including prelates, who believe the Holy Spirit made a mistake in the last pontifical election.
How do we get back on track with the early Church Jesus started with? How do we create unity where there is so much division today?
Perusing the Pope's new Apostolic Exhortation, chapter 4 offers some good insights, beginning with ¶ 112
The first of these great signs of holiness in today's world is solid grounding in the God who loves and sustains us. This source of inner strength enables us to persevere amid life’s ups and downs, but also to endure hostility, betrayal and failings on the part of others. “If God is for us, who is against us?” (Rom 8:31): this is the source of the peace found in the saints. Such inner strength makes it possible for us, in our fast-paced, noisy and aggressive world, to give a witness of holiness through patience and constancy in doing good. It is a sign of the fidelity born of love, for those who put their faith in God (pístis) can also be faithful to others (pistós). They do not desert others in bad times; they accompany them in their anxiety and distress, even though doing so may not bring immediate satisfaction.
i wonder if Francis was inspired to write this by what he knows of the early Church we hear of in recent Mass readings. As Francis invites the Church to reconnect with Vatican II, we are also invited to go back even further to the Acts' of the Apostles.
The Church of today's world is in need of unification. The ancient writers of the scripture offer a pretty solid model.