May 1, 2016
“Because there arose no little dissension and debate by Paul and Barnabas . . .
it was decided that Paul, Barnabas, and some of the others
should go up to Jerusalem . . . .”
Then as now, the disciples of Jesus struggle with differences and disputes. Currently, there are many polarizing issues in our Church, and some of the actions of Pope Francis have caused no little consternation and distress among some Church leaders, while bringing others delight and comfort.
Perhaps during the Easter Season we need to recall the basics of Christianity and remember Jesus’ command to love one another. Perhaps we need to refrain from ascribing ulterior motives or judging harshly those with whom we don’t agree. Perhaps we need to remind ourselves that different communities respond to different styles of music and preaching when celebrating the Eucharist.
Perhaps it is time to focus our energy on finding and sharing the love of God in our daily lives.
Risen Lord, your goodness knows no bounds.
During this season of new life,
may we be powerful witnesses of your love
to all those among whom we live and minister,
and may we learn to accept in turn their witness to you.
St. Margaret Mary Church
Winter Park, Florida