Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Catholic Reflections 608 : Homily ASCENSION OF THE LORD. Year A - Sunday, May 28, 2017

Homily ASCENSION OF THE LORD. Year A - Sunday, May 28, 2017

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD

       First Reading: Acts 1:1-11
       Psalm: Ps 46:2-3. 6-9.
       Second Reading: Ephesians 1:17-23
       Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20

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We keep in our prayers and thoughts the people of Manchester, in the United Kingdom, after the devastating terrorist attack on young and innocent lives.  Our prayers are for all people affected.  We also pray to the Lord for Peace in the hearts and minds of all people, and for a profound and absolute respect for human life and dignity.  May the Lord come to the aid of all people affected, through the kindness and love of those around them. 

“The Ascension of Christ is his liberation from all restrictions of time and space. It does not represent his removal from earth, but his constant presence everywhere on earth.” (William Temple).[i]  That is, Christ is now present and active in the world in a new and even more effective way--  freed from the limitations of being merely in a particular place at a particular time only.
 
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There is a cartoon that I found (above) that really sums up the heart of God’s invitation to us all; an invitation for us to participate fully in his life and in his love.(*)  I remember a similar cartoon from the Charles Shultz series, The Peanuts gang” (from many years ago)…   I think it was Linus and Lucy sitting on a hill looking at sunset… and Lucy asks..   “Why did God allow people to be hungry and poor? Why doesn’t he do something about it?”  To which Linus replies..  “he DID do something about it.  He asked US to go and help them, and we didn't" !!! 


And similarly this story: …  
“A woman saw a little girl in the street playing in the midst of filthy rubbish. The child was poorly dressed and ill-nourished.
The woman became angry and said to God: "Why do you let a thing like that happen in the world you created? Why don't you do something about it?"    -  To this question, God replied: "I did do something about it; I created you."
 
That story invites me to ask myself: How seriously do I take Jesus' command to transform our world into the kind of place God created it to be?”[iii] 
In this gospel we have heard today….. it is Galilee which is the main setting of Jesus' preaching, a subtle touch seeking to emphasise the identity between the historical Jesus and the risen Christ. The encounter is very simple. There are no dramatic elements to make this moment spectacular. It is our Lord and master, continuing to teach and instruct.[iv] 
(The message of Christ and his gospel is spectacular enough in itself).

The disciples receive their mission in Galilee, a marginalized region, close to the pagan world and, as a result, an area viewed with contempt by the practising Jews of Judea where Jerusalem is located. The proclamation of the gospel starts from an insignificant and despised land. This is not just a matter of geography; it is highly significant. It serves as an example. For us today, Galilee is the world of the poor and the marginalised. This is our starting place to proclaim the gospel to everyone without exception. We will do that with the conviction that the Lord will always be with us (Mt 28:20).[v]
 
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[i]  VISION   – PRAYING SCRIPTURE IN A CONTEMPORARY WAY. YEAR A. BY MARK LINK S.J. P.154
 
[ii]  WWW.PONTIUS.COM

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 VISION  – PRAYING SCRIPTURE IN A CONTEMPORARY WAY. YEAR A. BY MARK LINK S.J.  P.154
 
[iv] SHARING THE WORD THROUGH THE LITURGICAL YEAR. GUSTAVO GUTIERREZ. p/107

[v] SHARING THE WORD THROUGH THE LITURGICAL YEAR. GUSTAVO GUTIERREZ.p. 108
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ASCENSION OF THE LORD. Year A

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
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Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins,
and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.
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Memorial Acclamation

We proclaim your Death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come again.

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Preparation of the Gifts
Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the bread we offer you: fruit of the earth and work of human hands, it will become for us the bread of life.
        Blessed be God for ever.

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the wine we offer you: fruit of the vine and work of human hands, it will become our spiritual drink.
        Blessed be God for ever.
Pray, brothers and sisters, that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God,
the almighty Father.
     May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands, for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his holy Church.

Ascension I p.27

Eucharistic Prayer III p.58

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Go in peace.  Alleluia, Alleluia !

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Catholic Reflections 607 : Homily Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year A - Sunday, May 21, 2017

Homily Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year A - Sunday, May 21, 2017

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD

       First Reading: Acts 8:5-8. 14-17

       Psalm: Ps 65:1-7. 16. 20. “Let all the earth cry out to God with joy”

       Second Reading: 1 Peter 3:15-18

       Gospel: John 14:15-21

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The readings this weekend, speak of the early church communities forming just after Jesus returned to his Heavenly Father…   and had sent the Holy Spirit to the apostles and to the church….    The readings also show that the Holy Spirit sends the disciples out into mission..  into new territories…  further afield.. to preach and to spread the word of God further and further…..   
 
Jesus, as we hear in the Gospel this weekend…  prepared the apostles for his leaving (at his Ascension) by telling them that they would never really be left alone. They would never be like orphans; but, rather, the Spirit of Truth would come (at Pentecost). It is this Spirit that helped them to know the presence of Jesus in their lives even when they were no longer able to see him with their eyes.

Jesus asked the apostles to love him and to follow his commandments, for this is the way to have life. This is the way to experience the love of the Heavenly Father. There is really only one commandment, the single command to love. If we love Jesus, then we have love for one another. When we live the values and commands Jesus lived in his own life—humility, joy, peace, compassion and love —we are doing the will of the Father.

It is also the Spirit of Truth who helps us to understand the presence of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in our lives even now and always.

In the coming week..  in some time of quiet and prayer and reflection..   let us reflect prayerfully upon some questions…….
• What is your experience of how Jesus continues to reveal himself to us today?
•     What value that Jesus lived do you find the most attractive?
•     When is the promise of the Spirit of Truth most alive in you?
•     How comforting is it to you to live in the promise that the Holy Spirit will always be with us?
 
And notice, in the gospel.. Jesus speaks about sending the Holy Spirit upon his followers…   the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth…  the Holy Spirit comes into our hearts and makes us sons and daughters of God… and joins us to God.. so that we are in communion.. in union with God and with one another..  what a special gift!!!….
 
The presence of the Holy Spirit in our hearts and in our church is absolutely vital.  Without the Holy Spirit of God, we cannot do anything effective….
 
This truth was known right from the beginnings of the Church two thousand years ago… and so… the ancient greeting the early Christian communities gave to each-other reflected the presence and the truth of the Holy Spirit in their lives…  the priest or bishop would say “the Lord be with you”  and the people would reply.. “and with your Spirit”.,,,   this was a recognition and acknowledgement that the Spirit was present in us….    Rather fittingly.. the church has gone back to this ancient saying….    It actually never changed.. the English response we had been using forty years, before it was changed back to the ancient words again a few years ago)…  the words.. “and also with you”  we're actually a very loose translation; a paraphrase of the latin master-edition of the Mass….    And Rome and the local bishops decided that this translation didn’t capture sufficiently the recognition of the Holy Sprit, who is SO necessary for the life of the church.. now, since 2010, we Catholics have returned to the ancient words that say so much!!!  And, I must say, although it is an unusual phrase…  I like it..  I like how it acknowledges the presence and action of the Holy Spirit, and how this Spirit of God is with us always, bringing Jesus not only to mind, but also making him present and active in our lives, and in our hearts…  

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References:

Fr Paul W. Kelly

Celebrating the gospels  (Cronin).

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Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year A

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins,
and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.
Lord Jesus, you healed the sick:Lord, have mercy//Lord Jesus, you forgave sinners:Christ, have mercy//Lord Jesus, you give us yourself to heal us and bring us strength: Lord, have mercy.
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Memorial Acclamation

Save us, Saviour of the world, for by your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free.

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Preparation of the Gifts
Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the bread we offer you: fruit of the earth and work of human hands, it will become for us the bread of life.
       Blessed be God for ever.

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the wine we offer you: fruit of the vine and work of human hands, it will become our spiritual drink.
       Blessed be God for ever.
Pray, brothers and sisters, that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God,
the almighty Father.
     May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands, for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his holy Church.

Easter V p.26

Euch Prayer II p.56

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Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Catholic Reflections 606 : Homily Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year A - Sunday, May 14, 2017

Homily Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year A - Sunday, May 14, 2017

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD

         First Reading: Acts 6:1-7

         Psalm: Ps 32:1-2. 4-5. 18-19. “Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.

         Second Reading: 1 Peter 2:4-9

         Gospel: John 14:1-12

 

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Happy Mother's Day to all mum's as we here in Australia celebrate Mother's Day. Different parts of the world celebrate mother's Day on different dates in the year, but whatever date it is celebrated, it is no coincidence that Christ used the image of an unconditionally loving parent to describe an essential characteristic of God's nature. What better example of unconditional love can be witnessed than the love of a Mother or a Father for their cherished child. Christ wants us to know and expereince the deep and abiding love that God has for us, in calling us God's daughters and sons.  This weekend we pray for all Mother's that they may be blessed for their goodness, kindnessand self-forgetting love.

To describe Jesus said those famous words…  I am the Way, the Truth and the Life…..    which also could be said as…  I am the ROAD, the TRUE Path and the meaning of truly and fully living….. 

 
Robert Frost, in his poem "The Road Not Taken," tells about a decision he made:
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
 
During the Last Supper, Thomas and the other disciples were stunned into silence when Jesus announced he must leave them. Thomas asked for direction on how to get where Jesus was going. Tenderly, Jesus answered, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life."
Like Thomas, if we follow Jesus and live according to the values and principles he lived by…..  and do what Jesus has done, we too will have truth and life; we will be at home with him and the Father.
 
The road we choose to take must be one of faith. To travel the faith road, we must live lives which are “turned to God,” – that is, dependent upon him for all that we do. Jesus has said that if we have faith in him, we have faith in the Father, for he and the Father are one.
Jesus has promised us that with faith we will be able to do his works. The works of the Father through Jesus were to teach, heal, and comfort.
They were the works of helping to discover truth, life, and love.
When we do these works, we can say with Jesus, "It is the Father who lives in me accomplishing his works."
 
The road of faith is not travelled by everyone. The road of Jesus is not the road taken by those who live by the ways of the world……. 
It is certainly a road less travelled…..  so we ought never be afraid that we are diverging down a path that is not the ‘trendy’ path, not the common way of responding to the events of life or the action of others…….  
But the choice to follow this road will make all the difference.
it is good for us this week to spend some time reflecting on our lives and our path…..   


How is the road of faith easy for you?


How is it difficult for you?


•     How do you feel when you make a decision that is different from that of your group of friends or different from the common direction that our present society tends to take…..? How does it feel to go down the road less travelled?
 
WHEN WE leave behind our selfishness, (we follow Jesus as the way, the truth, and the life).


When we overcome our fear, (we follow Jesus as the way, the truth, and the life).
When we welcome the coming of Jesus daily in our life,
When we choose a path of mercy and compassion and respect when the world around us advises retribution, the survival of the fittest and ‘every man for himself’  …. 
 
When we take the risk to love and trust others,
(we follow Jesus as the way, the truth, and the life).
 
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
 
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REFERENCES:
 
·          FR. PAUL W. KELLY
·          Celebrating the Gospels.  By Gaynell Cronin.
 
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Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year A

The Lord be with you.
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Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins,
and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.
Lord Jesus, you raise us to new life: Lord, have mercy// //Lord Jesus, you forgive us our sins:Christ, have mercy//Lord Jesus, you feed us with your body and blood:Lord, have mercy//
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Memorial Acclamation

When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup, we proclaim your Death, O Lord, until you come again.

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Preparation of the Gifts
Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the bread we offer you: fruit of the earth and work of human hands, it will become for us the bread of life.
       Blessed be God for ever.

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the wine we offer you: fruit of the vine and work of human hands, it will become our spiritual drink.
       Blessed be God for ever.
Pray, brothers and sisters, that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God,
the almighty Father.
     May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands, for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his holy Church.

Easter IV p.26

Euch prayer III p.58

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  Alleluia, Alleluia !




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Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Catholic Reflections 605 : Homily Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year A - Sunday, May 7, 2017

Homily Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year A - Sunday, May 7, 2017

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD
       First Reading: Acts 2:14. 36-41
       Psalm: Ps 22:1-6. “
The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want
       Second Reading: 1 Peter 2:20-25
       Gospel: John 10:1-10
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This Sunday is packed with lots of wonderful themes, It is often known as “Good Shepherd” Sunday, due to the wonderful image of the shepherd that flows through the psalm and the Gospel, and the other readings, Because of the theme of the shepherd, it is also traditionally the weekend we particularly pray for vocations to the priesthood, that the Lord will raise up shepherd after his own heart, to guide and lead his beloved people,


Jesus is our Good shepherd and he walks along with us along our whole life journey, He knows us by name, he leads us by safe paths, He cares about what happens to us, He is always interested to hear us tell him of our hopes, our fears, our disappointments and our failures, and he is there to reassure us and give us strength and to affirm to us that if we keep trusting in him, the love of God has the final word in our life, and that final word is the promise that we are beloved sons and daughters of God, forever ,
 
The gospel speaks of the image of the Sheepfold:  Jesus is the Good Shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep, Christ’s offering of his whole self and even his life (down to the very last drop of his blood) is remembered by us at each and every Eucharist, In our Liturgy we constantly speak of this mysterious thing called the “Paschal Mystery”, which is actually about the mystery of Jesus (who is the spotless Paschal lamb,-  the Passover lamb-, who was sacrificed so that we might be saved), Through Jesus’ life, teaching, ministry, and his suffering, death and Resurrection we are saved. In every Eucharistic prayer,(actually, throughout every Mass), this Paschal Mystery is recalled and remembered,

Christ warns us about false shepherds…..    and …….I have to smile at a rather amusing, but all-too-true old Latin proverb that goes something like this: 
 “It is the role of a good shepherd to shear their flock, not to fleece them!!” (Latin proverb, adapted).

Sadly, the world has witnessed plenty of examples of bad leaders, who were motivated not for the good of others, but their own ambitions and ego. 

Jesus gives an example of himself as a good shepherd, the perfect leader. He puts his people first, he knows them personally, and he is not in it for himself, and he literally “gives of himself completely”  for our sakes.  What a superb example and model for leadership/,/, Christ uses the image of the ‘shepherd BEING the gate, ---- (there would not be a timber gate, but rather.. the shepherd themselves, would lie across the opening of the sheepfold and their body would act as a human gate, Nothing could pass by without disturbing the shepherd, who would risk life and limb to protect his sheep. The true leader puts themselves on the line. The good shepherd literally puts their body on the line, for those they care for.  ,
 
It is interesting that in the gospel today, it says “the sheep know their master’s voice and will not follow a stranger,” Who would follow a stranger? but here is the modern problem,,, with our modern, secular world, and with the internet, and so many different types of media and communication, advertising, and so many competing values in the world, all telling us, ‘pick me, pick me,” I am GOOD for you, you need this, we are being bombarded with competing and contrasting values , and many different shepherds, We are constantly assailed with voices claiming to be our friends, to be the voice of our master, and offering easy solutions to complex problems…… sometimes telling us what we want to hear rather than what the gospel calls us to………  and so, we are tempted to follow those voices out into the wilderness. 

We need to be alert to the fact that we need to really discern and to distinguish the voice of our lord, from the voice of false shepherds. It is not easy, but more necessary than ever.
We too need to reflect on the values of Jesus in the gospels, and the tradition and teachings of the church to help us recognize the true voice of the good shepherd,

 
At times it can be very difficult to recognise the voice of Jesus, as there are many who claim to speak in his name, A useful guide is to look at people’s actions and priorities, We can listen to those whose lives reveal the qualities of Jesus - love, compassion, justice, self-sacrifice, -  Surely, they are reflecting the good shepherd in our midst?  - The big test of authenticity is likely to be this: The real shepherd is not acting to “feather their own nest,” but acts in the best interest of the other, willing to give up things for others, not take advantage, not for their own gain or for their own pride, That is a dead giveaway for the fake shepherds,…… for, in them, it is self-satisfaction, self-justification, promotion of their own self-image and interests, There is almost always something in it for them at a very clear point, and something at the expense of others, of the community.
 
The gospel invites us to think of how we as a society discern leaders for civic and roles….   Perhaps it would be better if we put up a “help wanted” sign that each of us responds to, “Help Wanted: Shepherds – dangerous occupation, No personal gain, concern only for others, humble recompense, willing to sacrifice everything for others, willing to risk their lives,”

….Sounds a rather daunting job description!!    I wonder how many takers we would get if this were the application advertisement for people in all kinds of leadership roles.
Thanks be to God, Jesus is our role-model, and with Christ (the Good shepherd’s) example, mercy, teaching and grace  servant-leadership can bear good fruit.

 

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References:
Fr Paul W. Kelly

some thoughts taken from:
Celebrating the Gospels, by Gaynell Cronin,
also Preaching the Word resource,
and commentary in St Paul’s Sunday missal intro,


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Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year A

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
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Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins,
and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.
Lord Jesus, you are the image of the unseen God: Lord, have mercy.//You are the firstborn of all creation: Christ, have mercy//You are the head of the body, the Church: Lord, have mercy//
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Memorial Acclamation

We proclaim your Death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come again.

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Preparation of the Gifts
Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the bread we offer you: fruit of the earth and work of human hands, it will become for us the bread of life.
       Blessed be God for ever.

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the wine we offer you: fruit of the vine and work of human hands, it will become our spiritual drink.
       Blessed be God for ever.
Pray, brothers and sisters, that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God,
the almighty Father.
     May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands, for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his holy Church.

Easter III 

Euch Prayer II 

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Go forth, the Mass is ended. Alleluia, Alleluia!



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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Catholic Reflections 604 : Homily Third Sunday of Easter - A - Sunday, April 30, 2017

Homily Third Sunday of Easter - A - Sunday, April 30, 2017

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD

       First Reading: Acts 2:14. 22-33

       Psalm: Ps 15:1-2. 5. 7-11. “Lord, you will show us the path of life.”

       Second Reading: 1 Peter 1:17-21

       Gospel: Luke 24:13-35

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The Gospel this weekend is really wonderful. It has such a richness to it… and many levels of meaning….

The journey of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, is also like a symbol of what happens each time we gather as disciples of Jesus at Eucharist….  when we listen to the word of God in scriptures, and Christ opens our minds to his word.   And when Christ breaks the bread for us and becomes present to us, in this special way ….. and we too recognize Jesus in the breaking of the bread……. 

Another very special thing about this Emmaus journey is the fact that the disciples are talking to a fellow traveller along the road… and show hospitality to this person….    unknown to them this person is Jesus himself…..     it is no coincidence that Jesus becomes present to them in the outsider to whom they show hospitality … and with whom they break bread together…  then their eyes are opened and they recognize Jesus……  if they had not showed hospitality to this person if they had let him go on… they may never have know who they were walking with… and what he had to offer them…..     Jesus told us …  what you do to the least of my brothers and sisters… you do it to ME……    love God, love neighbour as you love yourself……    so hospitality, community and service are completely interconnected in Jesus’ kingdom….

Today’s gospel reminds us that Jesus is always with us…  always there to encourage us and give us new hope…  he gives his disciples the sacraments to strengthen them on  our journey..  Jesus also give his disciples the power to experience the forgiveness and mercy of God, through reconciliation…  which assures us of God’s love and care and healing.

Our Lord walks along with us on our life journey… he is always interested to hear us tell him of our hopes, our fears… our disappointments and our failures… and he is there to reassure us and give us strength and to assure us that if we keep trusting in him, the love of God has the final word in our life….    and it lasts forever…..

whenever we gather at Mass, we come together as disciples and friends of Jesus and we break the bread and drink from the cup….and we believe that this is not just a sign of our connection to Jesus, that God forgives us, renews us and commissions us… we believe that Jesus comes to us in what looks like bread and wine and Jesus comes into our hearts and we become more and more part of Jesus’ life…. and go out into our daily lives to live his commandments to show love and care for each other…      this is the special message of the journey to Emmaus…and when we listen to the scriptures, and reflect on the many ways in which Jesus is present and active in our lives, inviting us to listen to him and follow his ways……..we too can say to each other… “did not our hearts burn as Jesus talked to us along the way, and explained the scriptures to us. “

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Third Sunday of Easter - A

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins,
and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.
Lord Jesus, you have revealed yourself as the way to the Father: Lord, have mercy//You have poured out on your people the Spirit of truth: Christ, have mercy//You are the Good Shepherd, leading us to eternal life: Lord, have mercy.//
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Memorial Acclamation

Save us, Saviour of the world, for by your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free.

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Preparation of the Gifts
Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the bread we offer you: fruit of the earth and work of human hands, it will become for us the bread of life.
       Blessed be God for ever.

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the wine we offer you: fruit of the vine and work of human hands, it will become our spiritual drink.
       Blessed be God for ever.
Pray, brothers and sisters, that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God,
the almighty Father.
     May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands, for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his holy Church.

Easter II p.25

Euch Prayer Three p.58

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Go in peace.




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