Religious wars over vaccines? They’re more complex than those headlines…

Once again, it’s time for some time travel on the religion beat — as we ponder the current state of news coverage about the COVID-19 mask-and-vaccine wars. Think back to Easter a year ago. Church leaders were wrestling with the real possibility that they would not be able to worship during Holy Week and on the holiest day on the Christian calendar.

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Sixth Sunday of Easter: Friends of Christ, and Friends of Each Other

‘You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father’ (Jn. 15:14-15).

We are nearly at the end of the Easter Season, a privileged time of liturgical catechesis called mystagogy, which draws us into the Mystery of Christ. Today, the words of the Gospel express what living the Mystery of Christ in its fullness means in very simple terms: we become His friends.

In the scriptural texts of this liturgical season we have the content of what Our Lord in our Gospel reading refers to as everything that He has heard from the Father. What is this everything? It is the truth about God and man and specifically, how we have been created to share God’s own life; to partake in the divine nature (Cf. 2 Pt. 1:4). St. Paul says that this Mystery hidden for ages is Christ in you, the hope of glory (Col. 1:27).  To know this and to live by this truth enables us to understand and to live life by a logic that governs how we live and relate to one another and to the world around us.

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