Reflection Shalom I leave with you, my shalom I give to you, Not as the world gives do I give John 14:27 Shalom is generally translated as peace, but in Hebrew there are no one-word translations rather, every word has shades. and depths of meaning. Thus, shalom implies completeness, order, fullness, harmony, tranquility, health, prosperity, wholeness and the absence of
Reflection It is interesting that in the gospel narratives it is the women who first learn of Jesus resurrection. They rush to tell the apostles and are met with disbelief. The two men on the road to Emmaus tell their story and are met with disbelief. Finally, the apostles experience Jesus themselves and he” upbraided them for their disbelief and
Reflection There is a residue of the “we had hoped” in all of us. Like the Emmaus’ disciples, our basic problem is one of unbelief. They had been witnesses to all that took place. Yet, there was something preventing them from seeing the truth. We are like those disciples. We wander around in life. Like them, we know the facts
Reflection Easter is about God saying “yes” to Jesus and what he was passionate about. What Jesus was passionate about was God and the kingdom of God. God was the central reality of his life and the kingdom of God was the center of his message. The kingdom of God was not about heaven, not about life after death, but
Easter Sunday Reflection Something happened. We cannot describe the experience. We only know that it was so powerful that the bleak dark of loss became the light of hope and joyfulness. We know that cowards became courageous, fear became daring, silence found its voice and there was an overwhelming conviction that life had conquered death. Jesus lived in God and died
Holy Saturday Reflection Christ’s body lies in a tomb hewn from rock; he is returned to the earth. It is the earth the birther of life, the earth into which he said the seed must fall to live again. All is silence while germination takes place. We reflect that nothing that exists is ever lost only transformed, that the remains
Good Friday Reflection The execution of Jesus was a consequence of his preaching and behavior. He preached and acted in fidelity to God, with all the radical consequences this had for social and religious institutions and this led to confrontation with those in power. He preached a God of the outcast and sinner, and this led to his own death
We celebrate the life of S. Mary Cecilia Giannitti, a Sister of St. Joseph for seventy one years. She now enjoys the fullness of life revealed in Christ’s resurrection. Born to Vincent and Anna, Mary’s giftedness and love of music was nurtured from her early years and she earned a degree in Music Education from NYU before entering the congregation.
Holy Thursday Reflection Throughout his ministry, Jesus performed an action consistent enough to be widely noticed. He shared meals with people who were excluded by the Jewish purity laws. According to Jewish custom, one brought to the table only those who were deemed worthy by the prevailing norms of the time. Jesus included everyone and he was criticized for it.
In faith we believe that God is with us, and Marie is with God, and so we believe that Marie is here with us as we gather today to celebrate her love of Christ and her ministry to others that flowed from that love. Dear Marie, as we speak of you, we honor you and try to grasp the