May 14, 2017 - 5th Sunday of Easter, Year A
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church
We are created as God’s beloved precious ones. In baptism, we become sons and daughters of God the father. And that’s a transformation that happens from the inside out.
As children of the father, we are brought into the Catholic Church. Until Jesus’ dwelling place is ready and he comes to take us home, we have a temporary dwelling place here. We have a place where we belong. We have a place at the table now.
This is our dwelling place. No matter where we go in the world we will always have this family. No matter what we go through in our lives we will always have this family. And even when we mess up terribly, this family of the church is always ready to take us back.
No matter what, we always belong here. This Catholic Church is our temporary dwelling place until we reach our eternal home.
It is here that we can have an incredible encounter with Jesus. Jesus wants nearness. Jesus wants closeness. I desire to take you to myself so that where I am you will also be.
There are many ways for us to begin to have this closeness to Jesus. We can start by coming here often. This is God’s dwelling place here on earth. And Jesus his only son, our brother, is the cornerstone of this edifice.
This is only a foretaste of the magnificent dwelling that is being made ready in heaven.
It is here that we learn Jesus is the way. It is Jesus who will get us to the eternal dwelling place that is being prepared. We are called to be men and women of the way.
It is here that we learn Jesus is the truth. Jesus gives an example of radical honesty. We are called to be men and women of the truth.
It is here that we learn Jesus is the life. When we feel forgotten, lifeless, unimportant, we can come here and reach out and take Jesus by the hand and he will restore us to new life. Jesus wants to share his life with us. We are called to be men and women of life.
Jesus is the cornerstone of this magnificent shrine. And Jesus desires closeness. Jesus longs for us to come here and be with him.
And when we come here, we belong. When we come here we are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, the sons and daughters of God the most high, who calls us out of darkness into his wonderful light.