My sisters and brothers in Christ,

Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence–these words from the First Letter of Peter are in our second reading today. This is a program for evangelization. We can hear the challenge that we are supposed to livein such a way that people will ask us how we have such hope.

This is not a religion which calls us to observe laws and decrees. Rather, our faith, our religion, calls us to live with joy and hope in the Lord Jesus Christ, no matter what happens.
We don’t live that way far too often and so the new evangelization has to begin with us, with you and with me. We must learn to live each day aware of the presence of the Lord Jesus in our lives, calling on Him with joy and delight, calling out to him in times of  trouble and affliction.
Christ is risen! That has changed the world completely. These days of the Easter Season need to make us profoundly aware how different our world is because of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus. Perhaps today we can begin already to call on the Holy Spirit.
The Gospel today, from Saint John, begins to speak about the Holy Spirit that our Lord Jesus sends to us. We need to ask for this Spirit to be more strongly present within us, so that our lives can be lived with faith, hope and love. More than 50 of our St. James youth received the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation on Tuesday so let us encourage ourselves and them to be bold witnesses of this Joy of Easter and the tremendous Love of Jesus Christ for each of us.

We want to call out to the Spirit in every situation, asking for wisdom and guidance about how best to live. No matter what afflictions come into our lives, we can turn to the Holy Spirit as Consoler and as Advocate to help us. I also want to invite you to come the Great Mission which has been going on for the last few weeks—this is an important way to visibly show our joy and love as children of God and support and encourage those who are lost or confused by the crazy messages from the world as to where we find happiness.
I will see you there!!!


Father Jesus