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May 22nd, 2011 A.D. - Fifth Sunday of Easter

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May 22nd, 2011 A.D.

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Scripture:  John 14:1-12

"Lord, show us the Father, and we shall be satisfied."

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Background:

 In the May Gospels we turn from the Resurrection appearances of Jesus, to his "last supper" discourse in chapters 14, 15, and 16 of St. John's Gospel. While this long, mystical and theological meditation on Jesus, his life, his work, and his relationship with his followers is placed in John's narrative before the arrest and execution of Jesus, it in fact can be considered most fully in light of the experience of Jesus which the early Christians had, an experience of the Jesus who was once dead as now alive again and in active communion with them.

 It reveals the enormous affection Jesus had for his friends and companions, his great care and concern for them, the need for him to leave them behind, and his guarantee that, despite the separation, he would always be with them. This experience of Jesus surely went back to the very beginning though John's soaring rhetoric is a well-developed reflection on that experience. While it is difficult for us to comprehend all that John is trying to say, it is easy enough to grasp that today's Gospel and those of the next two Sundays are about his passionate affection for his companions - and for us.

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 Once upon a time, not so very long ago, a mother told her mother a story. The Mom and her ten-year-old son were going into a rectory of a city church just before the Sunday evening Mass ended. Now some of the street people of the area would approach the mass-goers as they left the church, hoping to find folks more open to giving them help. A man approached the woman and her son with a story about needing $5 for gas for his car that was stalled on the nearby expressway. The Mom had just spent the last of her money at the grocery store and could not help him. The son, moved by the man’s distress as he told his story, gave the man the $5 he was saving to put toward a program for his Game Boy. The Mom had ambivalent feeling about what happened. She was sure the man did not need money for gas.

 At the same time she was proud of her son’s generous spirit. Her mother then reminded her of the time they had been walking toward a city parking garage late at night and a woman, obviously high on something, approached them asking for money for milk for her sick baby. Having heard warning about not opening their purses in such situations, the two women walked on. The street woman kept pace with them, talking a nonsense blue streak and then repeating the need to get a very expensive special formula milk for her baby. At the mention of the name of the milk, the daughter opened her purse and handed the woman $10. After they got into their car, she told her mother, "I needed that milk when my son had milk allergies.

I know how expensive it is.

What if her story is true and I didn’t helped her?"

"You and your son have the same spirit," her mother said. "I wouldn’t worry about him."

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At the mention of the name of the milk, the daughter opened her purse and handed the woman $10. After they got into their car, she told her mother, "I needed that milk when my son had milk allergies. I know how expensive it is. What if her story is true and I didn’t helped her?" "You and your son have the same spirit," her mother said. "I wouldn’t worry about him
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Psalm 2:2-11

2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and his anointed, saying,
3 "Let us burst their bonds asunder, and cast their cords from us."
4 He who sits in the heavens laughs; the LORD has them in derision.
5 Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying,
6 "I have set my king on Zion, my holy hill."
7 I will tell of the decree of the LORD: He said to me, "You are my son, today I have begotten you.
8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession.
9 You shall break them with a rod of iron, and dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel."
10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the LORD with fear, with trembling

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