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Lectionary 268 : Remembering–source of hope in the Scriptures

April 28, 2014

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Scripture: Lectionary 268. April 29. Acts 4:32-37. Psalm 93:1,1-2,5. John 3:7-15:

Remembering is important in our everyday life.  It is the source of our hope when we remember what is said to us in the Scriptures.  I like to remember certain phrases or verses that motivate me, invigorate my outlook, and give me hope for the present and the future.  We have one such phrase that I like very much. It is found in the first sentence of our reading from Acts.  I learned about it through being a Marianist for it was often our Founder’s idea for the spirit we should have in our Marianist communities both for the vowed and the lay branches of the Marianist Family. It appeared on one of the medals for the Spiritual Affiliates and was stressed in my novitiate over sixty years ago.  In Latin it is expressed in this way :”Cor unum et anima una.” It may be translated in English into “One heart and one spirit” (mind, soul).  This was said of the first Christian-Jewish community that started in Jerusalem after the descent of the Holy Spirit.  I believe Cardinal John Newman also had it as his guiding light for thinking about the Church. It is a perfect motto for faith communities that also have a mission.  During this Easter Season I like to remember this in the light of the great event of Jesus’ Resurrection which is the foundation and reason for the Gospels as Good News and joyful and peaceful remembrances.  Luke helps us very much by remembering these sayings that he learned from the apostles in the churches they founded and left behind for him to address through his Gospel and through the Acts of the Apostles.

In our readings from John we are focusing on the dialogue and monologue of Jesus with Nicodemus.  Jesus ends it with a long monologue and with the careful theological touch of the Evangelist who remembered this scene and passed it on to us in the Fourth Gospel.  I like the double meaning attached to being born in the spiritual life: “being born again” or “being born from above.”  The latter seems to fit the context better for Jesus is the only one who from the beginning was as the Word of God from above as God’s only begotten Son.  The Spirit is the love between them and that love is outpoured upon us through Jesus and then through the sacraments of Baptism and the Eucharist.  In this Easter Season I think of this and realize that it helps me to understand the meaning of my Baptism. I see Jesus as the Paschal Lamb who takes away all sin and is victorious over death through his resurrection.  As the sacrificed lamb Jesus stands before the face of God. He has returned to the “above” from where he came and poured out his love for us.  We have a lot to be thankful for. “Benedicamus Domino”, let us bless (thank) the Lord. Alleluia Alleluia. Amen.

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