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May 17, 2019

Fr. Jerome Machar, OCSO [1]

4th Friday of Easter Week
Acts 13: 26-33; John 14: 1-6

This morning we have gathered to break open the Word of God and to be fed upon the Bread blessed and broken in obedience to the Lord’s command. We are invited to absorb the Words of Scripture and to consume the Bread of Life. Having been taught by God, we are to respond to His gracious kindness with love. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” (Deut. 6:5). The Word is alive and active. It soaks into our heart and our soul, like the dewfall. The Word is not a thought to be studied, but a person to be encountered. This person, the Only-begotten Son, came into the world to give each of us a new heart and a steadfast spirit so that we might run the path of His commands and find everlasting life. It is in the innermost chamber of the human heart that God has chosen to set up his throne, therefore, in the secret of our hearts, let us worship Him.

The Lord Jesus tells us not to be troubled or distressed. While the world may be distressed and overwhelmed with sorrow, we have an anchor for our souls, the love of the Father for us. In the face of darkness and confusion, Jesus presents himself to us as our way, our truth, and our life. He is our companion as we journey. When the Word became a man, God pitched his tent among us and provided us with a dwelling place. In the Son, the Father spread the tent cloth, set the pins and attached the ropes. By the power of the Holy Spirit, the tent poles were erected. By the love of the Father, Christ has prepared a place for us and by means of His death and resurrection, he has prepared us for it. Christ is the Alpha and Omega, true to his word, he will bring to completion that which he began in us. Jesus said: “Do not let your hearts be troubled.”  Everything begins in him and everything will end in him. To him be the praise, and the glory both now and forever. Amen!