Sunday, May 19, 2019

The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Fr Kuller SJ —  May 19, 2019

We hear about a new heaven and a new earth. The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus ushered in a whole new way of perceiving ourselves and our world.  The impact of the legacy of faith that Jesus established cannot be overstated or even underestimated.

Fervor and zeal engendered in the first followers that we read about in the Acts of the Apostles and other sources are indeed remarkable, The disciples’ influence and apparent success fuels our reflection and dedication today.

Inspired by Jesus himself we, too, along with the early believers are called upon to reconsider who we are as individuals, community members, and world citizens.  We discover today that globalization is not a new idea at all. The vision of those first followers and their conviction to spread the gospel reordered the common notion that only a select few would enjoy the privilege of knowing truth and its benefits, however described.

Missionary journeys, mystical visions, and practical, yet profound, guidance encompass the New Age we are invited to experience. It is here whether we know it or not, and the invitation is to see, feel, and know that we are transformed immeasurably by God’s love for us.

Of course, humanity is not brought wholesale into a rhapsody of white garments and worship at the throne of the Almighty. That comes at some point as the book of Revelation tells us, but what are we to do in the meantime?  Jesus has and is the answer. Love.

Jesus tells us to love one another as he has loved us.  That is a sure sign that we are accepting of and embracing the new way of being that has been so radically introduced into the worldview.  The unqualified inclusiveness of God’s love and the command we have to cherish that love and return it to God and neighbor is so radical and extreme that is has never really been accomplished.

The ideal presented to us is command and challenge; responsibility and goal; life pattern and fulfillment.  Unreachable without God’s help these ideals are thoroughly achievable as we follow the example of Jesus and his first followers.

We can know God’s glory and be glorified ourselves in the courage we show and the willingness we have to exhibit and enact the unqualified love that God has for us in our unqualified love for one another.

The Acts of the Apostles lets us in on the fact that the object of God’s glorifying love is no less than the entire human community.  That is a radical idea and a radical call, indeed.  The New Age is an era of new perspective of transformation of life with and in the risen Christ.  In the grace of the Holy Spirit we are up to the task of witnessing this new dimension. And in that grace, we, too, are missionaries bringing the gospel to all the world.

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