Reflections - May 14, 2017

“I can assure you that whomever believes in me will do the works I do and will make them even greater…..”.  Jn. 16:12.
 
Today the readings invite us to reflect on the gifts and charismas of our Holy Mother the Church founded by Christ under the teachings of the Apostles.
 
How well the second reading from the Apostle Peter says it:  We are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light”.  1 Pt. 2:9.
 
Through Baptism we are all children of God and share in the priesthood of Christ who is priest, prophet and king.  We have been born to a new life from darkness to light.
 
From the beginning Our Holy Mother the Church begins to radiate light to all people by going into the world proclaiming the Good News.  “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved.”  Mk. 16:16.
 
However, as the Church grew together with the Apostles, certain difficulties rose from the community of pagan origin “because widows were not tended to”.  Taking care of widows was very important to the primitive Christian community along with taking care of the poor and orphans.
 
The community of the Apostles gives us a lesson on how “to be creative with the challenges of the new evangelization”.  Pope Francis says:  “Evangelizing is the proper vocation of the Church.  She exists to preach and teach and to be a channel of the gift of grace, to reconcile sinners with God……..”.
 
The primitive community knew how to adapt to “the signs of the times”, to a new culture, and also to new needs.  The Apostles were “docile to the action of the Holy Spirit”, and discerned through prayer, gifts, charismas, and vocations those who were called people of God.  “They presented these men to the apostles who prayed and laid hands on them”.  Act. 6:6.  They left “filled with the spirit and wisdom” to serve, humbly and simply and above all “bringing” the Word of God to the culture and the needs of that people who were being evangelized.  “I can assure you that whomever believes in me will do the works I do and will make them even greater….”.
 
I do not want to end on this Mother’s Day without expressing our gratitude and prayers for all the living mothers and for all the mothers who are together with the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of God.