The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Sunday, the Lord’s Day, is to be a day of rest and renewal. We all know that is easier said than done. This posting focuses on the renewal part more than the resting part given our hectic lifestyles. I directed a middle school camp for seventeen years. One of the basic elements of the camp was called “processing.” This was an effort to get the kids to “connect the dots” in their lives. Asking questions like, “How does climbing this wall remind you of difficulties in school, or your relationships, or your home life?” We tried to get them to learn life lessons through making connections. And we added the God-element as well. “How is your relationship with God like shooting a bow and arrow?” If they could find God in their camp experiences, they had a better chance of finding him in their lives back home. As adults, if we do not process our daily experiences, how will we ever hope to find the hand of a loving God directing a beautiful plan for our lives? We have to connect the dots. When we do this, we will find more peace of mind and therefore more rest and renewal. Why? Because there is a plan for our lives and it is unfolding. We can work with that plan or work against it. This posting will consist of provoking/processing questions. I pray it helps.

  1. In the first reading Luke makes a connection between the proclamation of Christ and the experience of joy. Have you ever made that connection? Would receiving Jesus in a deeper way bring you more joy?
  2. The second reading speaks of hope. Is there hope in your life? What is the reason for that hope? Have you shared that reason with anyone?
  3. In the Gospel, Jesus promises that the Father will send the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit will be within us. What is the evidence that the Spirit is in you?
  4. Self-knowledge is very important in coming to know the Lord. Any insights from this week into what makes you tick?
  5. Did you have time for prayer this past week? Was it a good experience? How did it make you feel?
  6. You don’t have to answer these questions. They are simply meant to provoke reflection in hopes that connecting some of the dots will bring peace of mind.