If your parish has a lot of funerals, today’s and Sunday’s Gospel may be the most proclaimed reading you offer at Mass. Funeral celebrants don’t get to this piece in verse 12, which has made me wonder since my college days:
Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father.
What does this mean? The evangelization of the entire planet? Reclaiming all inactive believers into active faith? That last one would be a great work indeed.
All we need is belief, so it would seem. On what will your preacher focus this weekend’s homily? Something easy, like not being troubled on the occasion of death? Something challenging, like turning around the whole neighborhood to Christ, as suggested in John 14:12? Or maybe, it’s just Mother’s Day.
Sit in the purple chair if you will. Tell us how you would preach or worship on Mother’s Day weekend when it falls on an Easter Sunday. Music, too.