Archive for June, 2016

10th Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 5, 2016

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Whenever a loved one dies, there is always more than one death. Family members and friends also go through a kind of death as they experience the loss of someone close to them. For the deceased, suffering may be over; for those left behind, the suffering may be just beginning. They may feel depressed, lost, confused. Although they are living, they may feel that their lives have come to an end.

This is why gestures of support from others are so important. Notes of condolence, food delivered, funeral arrangements handled, masses offered, prayers promised, just a hug or a simple clasp of the hand when words fail, all can help to revive the mourners who are experiencing their own kind of death; they can help to bring the mourners back to life.

Throughout the journey of life, there are other moments, too, when people can experience a kind of death: the end of a marriage or a significant relationship; the loss of a job or career; a devastating medical diagnosis; or some other kind of traumatic occurrence. It is at these times also that the compassionate care of others can be like the breath of life, enabling those who may feel dead inside to feel alive.

In the case of both the prophet Elijah and the Lord Jesus, the ability to bring someone back from the dead proved to those around them that they were men of God. We may not be blessed with the abilities of Elijah and Jesus, but we too can show ourselves to be men and women of God when our words and actions, made possible through the work of the Holy Spirit, are life-giving.

see Luke 7:11-17; 1 Kings 17:17-24

By: Rev. Gregory Kimm

Body and Blood of Christ, May 29, 2016

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Do we have everything we want in life—or is there something missing, something for which we hope, something for which we long? Maybe it’s a significant other, financial success, the respect of one’s colleagues, the approval of one’s parents, the answer to a question. Maybe it’s a new job, a new house, a new beginning. Maybe it’s simply that one possession we don’t possess. Even if we think we are content, there could still be things we wish we had: better health, a different body, an improved version of a spouse, a chance to erase the past.

In our familiar gospel story, Jesus takes five loaves and two fish and manages to feed five thousand—until “all ate and were satisfied.” These words from our gospel story invite us to evaluate those things that might keep us from being completely satisfied with our lives: Are they really as important as we think they are? These words also suggest that full and true satisfaction may come only when we are enjoying the banquet of heaven, where we will be one with God.

see Luke 9:11b-17

By: Rev. Gregory Kimm