Reflection from Fr. Taylor, May 8, 2016, 7th Sunday of Easter

May 8, 2016, 7th Sunday of Easter

Jesus prayed that we all may be one. The Gospel after The Ascension our Lord makes two assertions.  Jesus tells us we are to be one, and we are to convert the world.  At first glance this looks like a difficult challenge.  We as Christians are divided into many different churches.  Even the Catholic Church suffers from deep and painful divisions among its members, but as for converting the world we have a long way too to go. We cannot give to others what we do not possess ourselves.

If you read through the lines you can see a lot of good news as well.  Even though many of our denominations are separated from one another, we know that it is never the way it was intended to be and we cannot settle for it.  We have to keep striving for union and reunion.  Jesus himself wanted us to be “One flock and one Shepherd”.   We must emphasize what unites all of us.  We share baptism, and the same Creed, whatever divides us is much less than what unites us.

Today we don’t talk so much about conversion as we do Evangelization and the heart of evangelization is sharing our gifts, our faith and talents with one another.  If we do this others will see the good that we do.  Some of the best evangelization is done one person to another.

One thing this Easter Season has taught us is that we can rise above many of the things that separate us and emphasize those things that unite us.  This is a good attitude to have especially as we are planning for the future in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh. We are One Church in six different counties with different needs, different gifts, different talents but we all work to support one another.





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