Weekly Mutterings. A group of Greeks made a simple and direct request of Phillip the apostle: “Sir, we would like to see Jesus.” That’s a request I’d like to make, and I bet you would, too. It would be wonderful if we could see Jesus face to face. What a boost to our faith that would be - to see Jesus in the flesh! All our doubt and fear would be taken away, if we could just hear him speak to us here and now. But would it really? What about the people who actually knew him? Many of them didn’t think he was very special. Some only saw him as a carpenter’s son. Others thought he was “a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.” Religious leaders accounted him a law-breaker and a threat to their authority. Politicians feared Jesus as a revolutionary, a threat to Caesar and the government.
Seeing Jesus face to face was no guarantee that people would follow him or even like him. I expect it would not be a guarantee for us either. What really matters is not the physical sight of Jesus, but insight into his teaching. It’s not so much about face as it is faith. It is faith that enables us to see Jesus as he really is. He tells us that we see him in the hungry we feed, in the stranger we welcome, and the imprisoned we visit.Faith allows us to see Jesus in his Church, despite the scandals and short-comings and polarization, because the Church is and will always be the body of Christ. “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in their midst.”
Faith opens our eyes and hearts to recognize Jesus in Scripture, and in his Body and Blood we receive and become during the Eucharist. During these final two weeks of Lent we will come to know Jesus in his passion, death, and resurrection, and understand more deeply that we, too, are invited to die rise with him. This is a lesson Lent teaches: It is possible to know Jesus better, and to follow him even more closely than those who were privileged to walk with him every day. We have come to know him through the gift of faith, and we will know ourselves best when we pray, live, and love as Jesus has inspired us to do.
Easter Greeting from Archbishop Cupich
Archbishop Blase Cupich just shared his Easter greeting. Read his message of hope and joy.
Our Founding Pastor, Fr. Hurley, in the News
In case you missed it, our founding pastor, Fr. Hurley, was featured in an in depth profile in the 2015 Southside Irish Parade Guide in the Beverly Review. Read the article
, which begins on page 12.
Easter will soon be upon us! As many families travel during the weeks surrounding Easter, we hope you will remember St. Barnabas during this reverent time of year. Our Easter mailing was recently sent and includes a special offertory envelope. Gifts can also be made online
. We hope you will give with a generous heart to support parish operations and our ministries.
Holy Thursday Liturgy
"Lord, are you going to wash my feet?" Peter asked this question in John's gospel, and Jesus responded: "Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me." (John 13:7-8) We invite you to accept this challenge at our Holy Thursday liturgy. Foot washing stations will be set in the front and back of church. All are welcome to partake in this most sacred, humble, and touching ritual.
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