Rediscovering Jesus, Mercy in Person

Dear Family in Christ,

This Sunday after Easter is Mercy Sunday and will be celebrated this year all over the world in a very special way in this Jubilee Year of Mercy. Pope Francis continues to proclaim the Mercy of the Lord in his teachings. I have been collecting some "gems" from his teachings, some of which I have already shared with you, but worth repeating for further prayer and reflection. As you already know Divine Mercy is at the Heart of Pope Francis' spirituality as indeed it was also for St. John Paul.

"Mercy is the bridge that connects God and mankind opening our hearts to the hope of being loved despite our sinfulness."

"Everything in Jesus speaks of Mercy, nothing in him is devoid of compassion."

"Mercy is the core of the Gospel and our Faith; the heartbeat of the Gospel."

The time has come for the Church to take up the joyful call of Mercy once more."

"Every Christian community is called to be an Oasis of Mercy."

"Jesus Christ is Mercy in person. He is the face of the Father's Mercy."

"From the depths of the mystery of God, a great river of Mercy wells up and overflows unceasingly, a spring that will never run dry."

"Merciful like the Father," is our holy motto this year.

I invite you to take some quality time to meditate and pray over these "gems" from Pope Francis and to share with me your insights. May we all rediscover the Mercy of the Lord during this year of Mercy.

-Father Michael
Parish Cells System of Evangelisation - Ireland - Letter from Florida - Mons. Mike Eivers - Archive
My Special E-mail to the
Holy Spirit

Dear Holy Spirit,

Please accept this as my Pentecost E-mail to you in Thanksgiving for your loving presence and protection in my life. There is so much that I need to thank you for.

Thank you for your special coming into my life when I was a baby in the Sacrament of Baptism even though as my mother once told me that I slept through all of the ceremony.

Thank you for your special coming to me when I was a teenager in the Sacrament of Confirmation. I remember so well the feeling your loving presence in my spirit on that occasion.

Thank you, Holy Spirit, for your special coming to me as you came to me in the Sacrament of Ordination to the Priesthood. Preparing me for my vocation as your missionary. Thank you, Holy Spirit, for the privilege you gave me to proclaim you on the mission to the people of Nigeria for so many years, especially that privilege of bringing you into the lives of thousands through the Sacrament of Baptism.

Thank you, Holy Spirit, for guiding me according to your plan from the mission in Nigeria to the mission in Miami, Florida. It was there that you gave me that very special grace of Baptism in the Spirit, the fullness of the Grace of the Spirit, Confirmation, and Priesthood.

Thank you, Holy Spirit, for the privilege you gave me of sharing that Grace of Baptism in the Spirit through Life in the Spirit seminars with so many in the past 35 years.
Holy Spirit, I pray that you continue to remember all those candidates who received that grace of Baptism in the Spirit over the years and renew them your Fire within them at this Pentecost time.

Thank you, Holy Spirit, for this so called time of "Retirement" in my life when you called me to radiate you to the world on the internet. Use me to touch the hearts and lives of all who receive my e-mails so that you, Jesus and our Heavenly Father may be adored and glorified.

Holy Spirit, I do thank you for your love and guidance and look forward to meeting you in Heaven, but I must say that here on Earth you are so mysterious, yet loving.

-Father Michael
Fr. Michael Eivers, The Holy Spirit Way, Pembroke Pines, FL 33029
How About Rediscovering Jesus in the Eucharist?

Dear Family in Christ,

As we celebrate The Feast of Corpus Christi, let us "Rediscover" our Lord and Savior in the Gift of Eucharist.

Recently I have been meditating on the awesome gift of Jesus in the Eucharist. How blessed we are that He has made himself so available, so intimately close to us. One great danger for us all is as to become insensitive to His presence as we receive him in Holy Communion.

Just think of the number of Holy Communions that you were privileged to receive over the years. Why not make an estimate of that number? It will surprise you. Sometimes you may have been very sensitive to your "Holy Communion" with the Lord, other times you may have been distracted, acting in routine, that's what everyone does at Mass on Sunday.

To counteract this danger, we all need to pray to the Holy Spirit for the Gift of "Eucharistic Alertness" especially as we walk forward to receive the Holy Communion in those precious moments when we return to our seats.

How sensitive are you to the presence of Jesus in your spirit at those precious moments?

As Catholics, what a gift we have so available to us in Eucharistic Adoration. We have the privilege of entering our Adoration Chapel to worship our Lord and Savior here on Earth, the one with whom we shall spend eternity in Heaven. What an opportunity to prepare ourselves for our future life in Heaven. Why not share with me your experience of Eucharistic Adoration?

I encourage you to think seriously of developing a Eucharistic spirituality. Why not link yourself in prayer during your busy day with thousands of Masses being offered at that moment all over the world since we live in the Communion of Saints, the Mystical Body of Christ.

Why not rediscover and deepen your relationship with Jesus our Savior in the Eucharist by planning a special Holy hour in the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel.

I would be delighted to hear your response.

-Father Michael
How Sensitive are you to the Presence of the Lord in your Life?

Dear Family in Christ,

As you prepare for the Mass of this Coming Sunday, June 5, I invite you to read and meditate on first scripture reading I Kings 17:17-24, the story of the prophet Elijah raising a widow's son from the dead. See how sensitive the prophet was to the presence and power of the Lord.

Then in the Gospel story, St. Luke 7:11-17, we hear about Jesus raising another widow's son from the dead. Jesus is indeed the Lord of Life for us all, and as we meditate on the scripture for this coming Sunday we should ask ourselves: "How Sensitive are we to the presence of the Lord in our lives and in our world?"

Recently I have been doing some soul searching asking myself the question:
How sensitive am I to the presence of the Lord in my life and in my world? May I share some of my turnouts with you.

The answer as to how sensitive I am to the presence of the Lord reveals whether I am a vibrant, alert Christian or just living a superficial Christian life. I remember a priest friend of mine who once told me that, in his opinion, many Church members, laity and clergy, were SWDs (Sleep-walking-dummies), who settled for a superficial Christian life.

As I searched for an answer as to how sensitive I am to the presence of the Lord in my life, I came to the conclusion that the answer is revealed in my prayer life. If Jesus is the Lord of my life and the Holy Spirit is guiding me them surely I must be in constant prayer communication with them. So this led me to ask myself many questions which I now share with you.

How sensitive am I to the Holy Spirit indwelling in me constantly? Am I responding to his presence or ignoring my guest? How sensitive am I to the Holy Spirit living in other people, especially those that I meet daily? How sensitive am I to the presence of my Lord in Eucharist where he is available to me? How sensitive am I to Jesus in His mystical body, the Communion of Saints, in Heaven and on earth? How sensitive am I to the presence of the Lord in nature, sunshine, the song of a bird, a piece of music, the smile of a baby? How sensitive am to those in need, suffering people I see on television, the sick in the hospital I pass by, those who sit beside me in Church, that family at the table next to me in a restaurant? So many opportunities for me to reach out in prayers to others.

One very special way for me of reaching out in prayer is to my internet family, about 2000 at this time, many of whom send me their prayer requests, which are placed in my prayer intention basket in my Chapel to be prayed over daily.

There are so many opportunities for us everyday to be in personal, intimate communication with our Lord and Savior and of reaching out in prayer for others. How are you responding to your opportunities? Why not share with me your experience?

-Father Michael
How About Spying on the Guests at this Banquet in the
Home of Simon, the Pharisee?

Dear Family in Christ,

In the Gospel for this coming Sunday we are presented with one of my favorite events in the Mission of Jesus. I invite you to read and meditate on St. Luke 7: 36-50, the story of what happened when Jesus was invited to dinner at the home of Simon, the Pharisee.

Imagine that scene in the courtyard of Simon's house, the arrival of the guests who are greeted by the host, the busy servants serving drinks, in the midst of the guests this "sinful woman" from the town. Then the arrival of Jesus and his disciples I like to give this lady a name to reflect her personality, Faith. She is evidently having an emotion conversion experience as she contemplates Jesus, recognizing him as her Lord and Savior, expressing her surrender to him by falling down at his feet as "She began to bathe them with her tears, wiping them with her hair, kissing them and anointing them with perfume". Just imagine the silent amazement of Simon and his guests as they waited to see how Jesus would respond.

The response of Jesus must have come as a shock to Simon.

"Simon, I have something to say to you," and then gave him a parable around forgiveness and love saying: "Simon, when I entered your house you did not give me water for my feet but she bathed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss but she has not ceased kissing my feet since I entered.
You did not anoint my head with oil, so I tell you her many sins have been forgiven because she has shown great love, but the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little."

Then came the shock of the banquet, Jesus said to the woman: "Your sins are forgiven. Your Faith has saved you. Go in peace." Just imagine the whispered response around the banquet hall: "Who is this? Who even forgives sins, only the Messiah has the power?" Imagine the shocked expression on the faces of Simon and his guests.

St. Luke ends this story without telling us what happened. Did Simon respond? Did Jesus and his Disciples leave the banquet?

As we contemplate this story we are moved by the Love and Compassion of a gentle forgiving Jesus who responds to repenting sinners who love him. I wonder what happened to this lady, Faith, afterwards? My guess would be that she became an enthusiastic disciple of Jesus. As for Simon my guess is that he kept on being a Pharisee.

As you reflect on this Gospel story do you see something of yourself in this repenting lady and in the self-righteous Simon?

Why not share your insights with me?

- Father Michael
Rediscovering the Paschal Mystery

Dear Family in Christ,

The Gospel for this coming Sunday (St. Luke 9:18-24) tells us about Jesus "praying in solitude" contemplating his coming death and resurrection, what we call the Paschal Mystery. What is the Paschal Mystery really?

I have a suspicion that if most people were asked that question they would not be able to give a realistic answer. That is understandable from one point of view since it is a profound mystery, but on the other hand, ignorance of the Paschal Mystery is tragic since it is the centerpiece of our Christian Life.

I often quote the poet Antonio Machado: "Not to know the Paschal Mystery is to be a lost wanderer on the face of the Earth". I would dare to add one other very important element to what he says: "Not to know and to live the Paschal Mystery is to be a lost wanderer. Maybe, we could even say a retarded Christian."

Can we trace the history of the Paschal Mystery? Get back to its Origin?

To do so, I think we should get back to the bosom of the Trinity. It was the Father's plan from all eternity to create mankind and eventually take us back into His embrace. Part of this awesome mystery is that He foresaw, in creating Adam and Eve, in giving them the gift of free will, that they would sin and that the effects of this sin would be in the spiritual DNA of all mankind. The 2nd phase of His plan was a "recreation" in the Word Made Flesh. This is where we discover the Paschal Mystery.

Scripture scholars trace the Paschal Mystery all through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Let's pick up the story with Moses in Egypt preparing to liberate the people of Israel from Slavery to freedom. Remember the plagues God sent to get the Pharaoh to let them go. Remember the instructions given about the paschal lamb, how the lamb was to be roasted and eaten with unleavened bread, how not a bone of it was to be broken, how the blood was to be sprinkled on the door-posts.

After that came the miraculous crossing of the Red Sea out into the desert where the people were given a covenant, fed with manna, given water from a rock and ultimately, after a long struggle with suffering and infidelity, they crossed the Jordan into the promised land.

Let's not forget also how they obeyed the order of the Lord to celebrate annually, the Feast of Passover, and how then evolved a special ritual for that feast, a ritual celebrated by Jesus every year and celebrated in a very special way in what we Christians call, The Last Supper. History and present Jewish custom tell us a lot of what that ritual looked like in Jesus time. It is worth our scrutiny, since it throws light upon our Liturgy of the mass, so let's have a look at it.

Symbolism of the Paschal Mystery.
God's plan of salvation is an evolving plan. All that happened through history and specially all recorded in the Jewish scriptures was a foreshadowing of what was to come. We can look at the Passover story on two levels- The Historical and the Mystical. The Mystical or spiritual is rooted in the Historical Event.

The Paschal Lamb was a foreshadowing of Jesus who was called "Lamb of God" by John the Baptist. That Paschal Lamb was to be "unblemished" (Holy), not a bone to be broken, as was fulfilled by Jesus on the Cross, as told to us in the Gospel of John.

The crossing of the Red Sea by the Israelites led by Moses is a symbol of Jesus, the new Moses leading us to freedom through the sacrament of Baptism. The desert journey, the symbol of the life's journey. The Manna, given by God to feed a hungry people, a symbol of Eucharist. The water from the rock for a thirsty people, a symbol of the Holy Spirit.

No wonder then that the fathers of the early Church could call the Paschal Mystery "the centerpiece" of our Christian Faith.

-Father Michael