Sunday, March 26, 2017

Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday)

Seen Jesus lately?

If you want to “see” Jesus, you know where to look, right? Just stop in at your neighborhood church and the Lord will be there during Mass on the altar in the consecrated bread and wine, or in the tabernacle, or in a monstrance during adoration or benediction of the blessed sacrament. But he is to be seen in other places as well. Scripture and the church teach us that God is present in others, in the poor, and in the image and likeness that looks back at us in the mirror. Church is a great place to see Jesus. So is the rest of the world.

Today’s readings: 1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41 (31).
“You have seen him, and the one speaking with you is he.”

I am the Vine, you are the branches (John 15:5)

As I am a few weeks into my service to you as the 12th Bishop of Alexandria, I want all to know that I will hope to offer you some thoughts and reflections each month in a column seen in our diocesan paper, The Church Today.

I’ve chosen a favorite passage from the Gospel of John as the title of my column: I am the Vine, you are the branches (John 15.5). This phrase used by the Lord Jesus describes perfectly who we are: