In this world, we all know that it is hard to simply be who we are, which means that it is hard to see others as they are.
Our prayers call us to move beyond our loneliness — to trust that, as we reach out, there will be those to connect with who understand. If even Jesus prayed these kinds of prayers, we can rest assured that we will find the presence of Christ in them.
Wisdom is less like a manual with step-by-step instructions, and more like the compass that we hold in our hand that points us in a good direction.
As hard as we try, we cannot take those fleeting moments of seeing the Christ after the Resurrection by simply putting it in our back pocket. The Glory of Easter is always interrupted by our everyday lives. Perhaps no more so than now.
The Church started with a common bond. The Spirit of God blew through the room of Pentecost, gathering the people together, showing them how they were connected in a way that they had not seen before.
When our feet are moving, it frees up our minds, hearts, and souls — making room for the presence of God.
We, too, might feel isolated and afraid, looking out upon the world from our front porch or the headlines on the front page. And, we long to see and hear the spirit of Christ, to know that nothing — absolutely nothing — can separate us from the steadfast love of God, reassuring us that in…
When Mary arrived, she just stood outside for a minute — still feeling the gravity of the moment. And she stepped inside the tomb to see how empty it was. But then she turned around, and she saw Jesus outside the tomb, but she did not recognize him. She thought he was the gardener.