Happy Easter! We are well over half way through the Easter Season and the Scriptures chosen for our edification present some unique challenges and warnings to Christian Life. Understandably, the disciples are not convinced of the true conversion of Saul (Acts 9:26-31) and their behavior toward him illustrates a great mistrust. While there was “peace” throughout the Church in other places, given as a gift of the Holy Spirit, those in Jerusalem “shipped” him back to Tarsus. In spite of the disciples “less than perfect intentions,” the Lord made good on an imperfect situation and Saul, though mistrusted, will still become “Paul,” the great Apostle to the Gentiles. The Lord Jesus can and does work through those that we mistrust. The grace of conversion is real.
The “I am” Sundays of Easter, those that hear the words of Jesus say, “I am the Good Shepherd” (John 10:11-18) and “I am the true Vine” (John 15:1-8), echo the words of the Father who is the great “I AM.” HE whose name is “I AM” calls us to recognize that we are interconnected, joined, with that which is divine. For if Jesus bears the name of the Father, and we bear the name of Jesus, our life must be in and through him. We only bear fruit to the Glory of God if we remain connected through Him who is the true vine!
Almighty ever-living God, constantly accomplish the Paschal Mystery within us, that those you were pleased to make new in Holy Baptism may, under your protective care, bear much fruit and come to the joys of life eternal.
May the week ahead fill you with Easter glory!