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From the Desk of Father Mac
 

Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 21st, 2017


My Dear Friends in Christ,

In today’s first reading Saint Peter says: “Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope” (1 Peter 3:15). The second part of this verse is also important: “Do it with gentleness and reverence, keeping your conscience clear.”

Why should we focus on the second part of this verse? Because it speaks to the heart of evangelization. To be an evangelizer we need to be ready to explain why we have hope, and second, we must to do it gently, with respect for the other person. This assumes that we have hope and that our expression of it is carried out properly.

Are you a person of hope? As Christians, in what do we hope? To be able to answer those questions is the heart of evangelization. The reason for our hope is Jesus Christ! It gives us hope when we believe in his promise of eternal life. It gives us hope when we trust in God’s love and mercy. We have hope because we are witnesses to all that God has done for us. The second part of the equation is our ability to express this hope in a way that respects the dignity of the person with whom we are talking.

One way we can share our faith with others is by living in hope. Even on our darkest days, when things seem all but lost, even in deep grief or sadness, we can dare to hope. Hope is not something we create, it comes from God. It is not of human origin, but divine. That is one reason why it continues to exist even when we suffer tragedies. Hope is what has enabled martyrs over the centuries to endure their trials. The witness of hope in the midst of life’s challenges can be a powerful message.

When we come together like we are doing today, to listen to God’s word and to celebrate the Eucharist, we are renewed in hope, we are refreshed in spirit and we are able to give thanks to the One from whom our reason to hope flows. Let us pray that each of us, as we go out today, is able to celebrate the hope within, which is a gift received, and share it with those with whom we come in contact, so that our reason for hope is attractive and draws others to Christ.


In Christ,
 

Pastor

 

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St Cyril of Jerusalem Parish
15520 Ventura Boulevard
(mail: 4601 Firmament Ave)
Encino, CA  91436
818- 986.8234
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