The Peace Pulpit: "God is always loving us. God is love and somehow, we have to try to be like that -- be love."
The Peace Pulpit
The Peace Pulpit: "Compassion [is] entering into the feelings of others. It's the basis for reconciliation. That's how people begin to come together."
Peace Pulpit: We have been anointed to carry out the work of Jesus, the work of the ruler guiding and showing others the way.
The Peace Pulpit: Let the love of God impel us to reach out to others in love even in the most terrible circumstances of hate and violence.
The Peace Pulpit: What does the Reign of God mean? What would it look like if the Reign of God came in fullness?
The Peace Pulpit: It's appropriate that as we celebrate Pentecost, we do it with the background of the life and martyrdom of Oscar Romero.
The Peace Pulpit: As we celebrate the Feast of Ascension, let us remember that the same Jesus the disciples knew -- fully human -- is also Son of God in power.
The lessons today really demand our close listening, our paying very close attention, trying to absorb what they tell us because really, this is the core message of the Gospel. A year or so ago, Pope Francis published what he called an exhortation, a letter to the church. He called it "The Joy of the Gospel" -- Evangelii Gaudium. It's been circulating around the world now.
As I was reflecting on these Scripture lessons during this past week, I was reminded of a book that I had read quite a long time ago that had left a great impact on me. It's called Jesus Before Christianity. In other words, before there was a structured, organized, institutional church, in the very beginning -- Jesus before all that organization took place. It's written by a Dominican theologian priest, Fr. Albert Nolan.