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May 12, 2024 (7 Sunday of Easter B)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Christ is praying for us that we may be perfectly one as he and the Father are one and is asking the Father for us to consecrate us in the truth. Christ is praying for the apostles, for his Church and for us to keep us from the evil one and saying that like Christ we do not belong to the world. The Christian in fact is called to live in the world but not to belong to the world because he has received a new nature and a new heavenly spirit and his true homeland is heaven.  Christ is sending us into the world with the mission of making present this truth. The truth that the Christian and the Church make present is that, “the kingdom of God is within us and it comes with us.” The Christian like Christ shows to the world that it is possible to love and it is possible to forgive. The Christian breaks the chain of sin and selfishness that surrounds the world and  can offer good in return for evil. This is the truth, to forgive. To love. Christ says, “love one another as I have loved you from this all will know that you are my disciples.” The world does not know this love but the Christian and the Church through the grace of the Holy Spirit make this truth present and manifest.

Peace, Fr. Nicholas