Our faith community of St. John the Baptist, founded on the word of God; welcomes all with charity and love….both the strong of Spirit and those who search. As part of the Universal Church, we acknowledge that God has uniquely blessed everyone with abundant gifts. We celebrate the differences that make all of us equal in the eyes of the Lord….using our blessings to provide all who join us in Eucharist with a heart-felt sense of family and communion. For the Lord has brought you to our door….you are a stranger here but once.
May 19, 2019
John 13:31-33a, 34-35
The proof is in the pudding
Our culture is filled with proverbs about the contrast between what we say and what we do. It is a long accepted truth of human nature that “actions speak louder than words”. You hear what someone says and believe them to be good, kind, generous or loving, but until you’ve seen them in action you’ve only heard words. The proof, as it were, is in the pudding.
Christ himself has given us the same standard of measure in today’s gospel. “All will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.” We are to love one another, actively and consistently. And it by these actions of Christian love and compassion that we will be known as Jesus’ disciples, not by using the label Christian for ourselves. Take a moment today to ask, has my active love for others spoken more loudly than my words
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A different kind of glory
When we think of glory, we often think of something splashy and bright. The last thing we would think of is a cross. Yet that is exactly what Jesus tells us in today’s reading. The glory of God is the cross of Christ. In the cross, Jesus shares his peoples struggles through the hurricanes of life. In the cross, Jesus stands in the cloud of suffering with us. It doesn’t sound like any glory we’re used to. It doesn’t shine with acclaim, honor or adulation. Instead, this glory glows with the fire of God’s love for the world. This is the “splendor veritatis,” the “shining of the truth,” which lights our world until Jesus comes again