Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Catholic Reflections 547 : Homily 6th Sunday of Easter, Year C 1st May, 2016

Homily 6th Sunday of Easter, Year C 1st May, 2016

Acts 15:1-2, 22-29   
Ps 67:2-3, 5, 6+8. O God, let all the nations praise you.  
Rev 21:10-14, 22-23 
John 14:23-29


The readings this weekend all speak of the Holy Spirit. The theme of the readings is all about the Spirit, as our Easter Season fast approaches Pentecost.

We cannot underestimate the importance of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in the life of the church. Without the Holy Spirit, the church would be ineffective and we, the disciples of Jesus, need the action and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to be effective in what we seek to achieve.

There is a line in the first reading that I really love; the words: “It has been decided by the Holy Spirit and by us”…… or as another translation puts it: “It seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us that……” 
This shows that the early church and its disciples, when faced with new questions for new situations and new times, gathered together in prayer and actively discerned what the Holy Spirit wanted… and then they made a decision which was an authentic action of the Holy Spirit and with active cooperation from the disciples. We can see how the Holy Spirit becomes part of our lives, hearts and minds AND the major decisions of the church.  Christian life for us  disciples becomes a beautiful, cooperative and unified action both of our own will and intellect and also of God’s Holy Spirit. It is interesting, that this phrase has been put to practical effect in the history of the church even now. I believe that some religious orders, when their Superior (their leader) is deciding to send a religious person to a new appointment or mission, they would write in the official letter of appointment this beautiful formal phrase….. “It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us that you be appointed to such and such……..” Thus there is a recognition of not only the decision-making process and wisdom of the leader but also the absolutely necessary prayerful discernment,  grace and guidance of the Holy Spirit in everything we do. 

We are invited by Christ to be “so connected to Christ” that our decisions, our actions and our priorities will be guided by and connected to Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, without any loss of freewill. I love that !

I absolutely love the Gospel today… It is mysterious, but also very profound. It is so beautiful and so important to our understanding. Jesus says that he and the Father, (through the Holy Spirit), will come and “make their home in our hearts, and make their home in us”….and that we will be connected to Christ,….. united to Christ in the very life of the Holy Trinity….…. We will be “in communion” with Christ in a very real way, through our obedience and love.

I love all the passages where Jesus, quite clearly, deliberately and explicitly speaks of the union he shares with the Heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit, and how they “abide in each-other,” (they live in and within eachother)…  (they make a home in eachother’s being). .. This union/ this communion, is inviting us to share and abide in God’s life….  This is his unique gift to us who become his disciples. There can be nothing more wonderful.

Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit to us, so that we will always be connected to Jesus (abide in Him and him in us, and Him in the Father and the Father in the Spirit)…..   we will abide in his teachings … live in his love….  and this Spirit living within us,,, will constantly remind us of his teachings and his truths……. God will truly live with his people.. and abide in and within us. God will walk with us, his people, always. And God will be the light to show us the way through our journeys through life, so we have nothing to fear even when life is far from easy or simple.

Finally, and most importantly, Jesus promises us the gift of peace. This is a gift we all long for, and for which the world longs to receive. Jesus promises us the gift of his peace… a peace the world cannot give and cannot achieve of itself…. God’s peace is all we need through all the tragedies and the joys of life…  as well as the failures and successes of life….

Jesus has, with the gift of the Holy Spirit, gifted us with God’s divine peace and a unity and connection to God that can hardly be imagined//…. and also the very real authority to cooperate in and participate in real decisions for Christian living…..  So, in union with Christ, we participate in and discern with the Spirit for the issues and questions that come up anew in our lives…. // This authority to discern the Spirit’s guidance in new questions is done by God in a way that engages us and all our talents and gifts, and uses all our faculties, - our knowledge and intellect, our understanding of the Scriptures as interpreted by the Church, which itself has been constantly inspired by the Holy Spirit down through the many ages…. This freedom to decide is also a deep and challenging responsibility, that does not give us license, but rather discretion and which frees us to be open to God’s ways and values, always with the prayerful guidance and prudence of God’s grace.

We can trust that God is there to guide us and direct us and inspire us as we contemplate the issue and questions of our present age. (we see this profound discernment and cooperation and love in Pope Francis’s exercise of his Papal ministry, which is inspiring to Christian and non-christian people alike, throughout the world.,,,

We must trust in the power and authority and discernment that God has given us, as a body of Christ, so that we may continue to apply the gospel in each and every new situation and circumstance of daily life….. for God is with us… God abides with and in us. God guides, leads and inspires us. God’s Holy Spirit shows us the way and gives us the direction.

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6th Sunday of Easter, Year C

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 came to gather the nations into the peace of God's kingdom: Lord, have mercy// You come in word and in sacrament to strengthen us and make us holy: Christ, have mercy//You will come again in glory with salvation for your people: Lord, have mercy.
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Memorial Acclamation

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

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

**3. 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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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Catholic Reflections 546 : Homily 5th Sunday of Easter, Year C 24th April, 2016

Homily 5th Sunday of Easter, Year C 24th April, 2016



I am sure I speak for everyone here at Mass this weekend, when I say, inspired by today's Gospel:  "I want to love the way Christ loves !" 


That is what we all want. That is what the great saints proclaimed unashamedly...  (and I think of Saint Therese of Lisieux who famously proclaimed:  "my vocation is to be love, in the heart of the Church." Beautiful.   

We want to love with the love that Christ (God) loves.  Because we are limited human beings and we are speaking about Divine Love, which is infinite and unfathomable, we will very likely not attain the fullness of this Love until the fullness of the Heavenly Kingdom. But here and now we already live the beginnings of God's love forming and growing within us. 

Love is a universal concept held by sacred and secular cultures throughout the world and through history. Christian love is a particular and extraordinary concept which challenges us to deepen our understanding and practise in accordance with Christ's vision.  And we desire to deepen our understanding and our living of this profound way of loving that Christ has opened to doors to.  

In the first reading today, there is a delightful line: ”they put fresh heart into the disciples…” and encouraged the people to persevere in the trials and difficulties that they faced in their following of Christ.   It is a reminder, that the purpose of Christ's Church, and all its members, is to encourage, support and strengthen each-other; and to be instruments of God’s grace, strength, encouragement, power and mercy to all people.  

God, (as the second reading reminds us), is making “All things new”   -  God is constantly at work in his disciples making us a new creation, in God's image.  We are being re-shaped and re-fashioned in the image of Christ and his Gospel. This is a subtle, and daily process that continues throughout life. And when we look back, we see the graces, blessings and re-creating that God has wrought in our lives and the lives of our family and friends around us.



One of the ways that God 'renews us'  is by giving us new starts and new beginnings.  This is an essential aspect of our discipleship. Let us make no bones about this, following Christ and his Gospel vision is very challenging and difficult.   Jesus is offering the world a new commandment of Love that challenges us to go so much deeper than some concepts of love held by the world. In other ways, Christ is extending the natural selflessness and unconditionality that one finds in families: parents for their children,  the unbreakable bonds of bloodlines.... and making this the image of God's love for his people...  a loving parent for his beloved children..  and his challenge for how we live in this world...   as brothers and sisters in Christ, one family withing the human family..  united by blood.. the blood of Christ. 

The readings are very encouraging, this weekend. For we are reminded, that “God lives with his people…...  God is known as “God-with-them”... and our God lives in our midst; walking along with us; constantly at work taking the pain and tears from our midst. God is at work fashioning "healing and peace" in the hearts of his beloved people.

Then we move to the gospel…  an intriguing piece of text. It starts by saying…   “After Judas had gone…”   That is a rather interesting beginning sentence: Jesus makes his speech as soon as Judas, (his betrayer), has left the table to go and sell-him-out!!  ...literally..... “Judas has left the building”  - not just physically, but spiritually. He has withdrawn his support from Christ and his message, (his gospel).
Judas has left the table of the Lord. And, as he leaves, Judas takes with him Judas’ selfishness, his greed, his desire for money, his misguided desire for power, his focus on his own needs.  Now, those who remain at the table are all there voluntarily, and with their hearts and minds set on following Jesus and his Kingdom. Now, the ones who remain with Jesus, although they still suffer from weakness; and sometimes doubt, and sometimes stumbling; but nevertheless those who surround him are now a group who are totally dedicated to service, love, and sacrifice: According to Jesus’ vision!!!


Now is the time! Jesus now begins his final instruction to them before he suffers and dies. when a person realises that their time is very short, and that their hour is upon them, and that they will shortly die, their deeply held values and desires inevitably come to the fore.  And what Christ said and did just before he died shows us very profoundly the things that God thinks are REALLY important and central and what is not.  What Jesus did NOT say at this intense moment is as important as what he DID say. For example, Jesus knew that his time had come to suffer and die, so he says, "listen my dear children, i am not going to be with you longer...  i must tell you this because it is very important. remember this, above all else...   And what does he say??  well, he does Not say...  'above all else even if you are not practising the message of the gospel at least appear to be.'  He definitely did not say that! Neither did he say, "listen, my time is short, so remember this if you remember nothing else:  appearing righteous and keeping the letter of the law is more important than everything else - disassociate yourselves with all who fall short or stumble."  he certainly did not say that either!!   What he did say, and thanks be to God, is:  How you love is what matters above all. 

He continues to teach us, even to this day, what he means by love, but what a wonderful message.  Saint Paul picks up on this powerfully and Saint Therese also writes deeply on this truth.  If I do even a good thing for a bad motive and without love, it will do me no good whatsoever and will not please God.  Love and compassion is so central.  Doing good and keeping God's law is not unimportant of course, but if we do not do these and other things with the love of God in our heart flowing out into actions motivated by God's love, we have utterly missed the point.  So, just before he suffers and dies, he deeply desires to make it clear: “People will Know you are my disciples, first and foremost, above any other quality, by the way you love one another! ….  This is truly beautiful. The quality of one’s love, compassion, mercy and practical care will be the touch-stone of the "Disciple-follower-and-friend" of Jesus Christ…..    If this is not witnessed, the lack of love and compassion; mercy, gentleness and justice, will (without a doubt)  be the single-most damaging sign to others of our witness as disiples of Christ. This is what people look for in a Christian. When they see it, they are inspired and moved. And when they do not see and experience it, they are scandalized, discouraged and lose hope and trust, perhaps even faith.

Love…  true Christian love….   A love that puts others first…   seeks what is truly best for the other, even if it is at the cost and sacrifice of our own personal ambitions and desires. This is a love that serves and suffers, sacrifices.... and puts oneself last… and others first (or at least putting others needs as equal to our own).  This is the image Jesus wanted to leave with his disciples before he suffered and died for all. In short; before he showed them the perfect love that holds nothing back, and which strips itself of everything, even that which one may be entitled to...… Christ even lays down his precious, unique life for his friends and even for those who call themselves his enemies. ….. 


They will know you are Christian by your love….
They will know the quality of our Christianity, by the depth, quality and practicality of our love……

How truly beautiful…..   “They will know we are Christians by our LOVE.”
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5th Sunday of Easter, Year C

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.
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Memorial Acclamation

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

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

**3. 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 IV p.26

Euch prayer III p.58

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Catholic Reflections 545 : Homily 4th Sunday of Easter, Year C 17th April, 2016

Homily 4th Sunday of Easter, Year C 17th April, 2016

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The Good Shepherd by James Tissot (1836-1902)

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         Acts of the Apostles 13:14, 43-52 Paul and Barnabas delight the Gentiles but excite the ire of their own community.
·         Psalm  100:1-2, 3, 5 God’s kindness endures forever for the flock gathered in the divine name.
·         Revelation  7:9, 14b-17 John continues to enjoy the consolation of his vision of God’s ultimate victory.
·         John  10:27-30 Those who belong to Jesus will recognize his voice and follow his lead.

There is a wonderful story that illustrates the depths of God’s love, care and faithfulness:

The famous songwriter Irving Berlin, who is well known for writing hit songs like “Putting on the Ritz”  and  the smash hit…."I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas," which is reportedly the best selling musical single of ALL TIME,  Berlin was once interviewed and a clever reporter asked him, "Is there any question you've never been asked, that you would like someone to ask you?" "Well, yes, there is one," Berlin replied. He posed the question himself: "What do you think of the many songs you've written that DID NOT become hits?" Then he answered his own question: "My reply would be….. that I STILL think they are ALL wonderful." Then he added, "God, too, has an unshakable delight in what--and whom-- GOD has made. God thinks each of His children is wonderful, and whether they're a ‘hit’ in the eyes of others or not. GOD will always think they're wonderful." Irving Berlin really got the truth of the gospel spot on.  
 
I reckon any parent knows the truth of this story in a profound way…   loving each of their children without reserve.
 
And this brings us to the essential truth about our faith--it is grounded in God's wondrous LOVE for us, just like an unconditionally loving parent.
 
At times we may not feel very lovable, we may even push that love away at times…--but we cannot keep God from loving US. That is God's very nature. God is a shepherd – (a very, very good one – ,,,,,the best, in fact). God is love.
 
Today on Good Shepherd Sunday we remember the truth that God always searches for the one who is lost, or who feels unworthy or unloved and carries them in His arms. Anyone who would follow Jesus (the good shepherd)  as a disciple must also be prepared to abide in God’s compassionate love.

The GOSPEL today is short but straight to the point.. It says so much; in fact it says everything in these lines….

“no one will ever steal (my sheep) from me.
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The Father and I are one.”

This is so reassuring to us….. 

 
Jesus promises God’s complete faithfulness to us, now and forever…..   Jesus makes us God’s children… and Our Lord will be with us to feed us, shelter us and guide us through life, and into eternal life of Heaven……    
 
Christ promises to be our shepherd and care for us.. and cherish us through the tragedies and struggles of life…  of which there can sadly be many……
 
We know too well, that in life, there are many obstacles… there are setbacks… There seems, at times, to be unassailable worries and trials, but our God (revealed in Jesus, the Good shepherd), promises to be with us and guide us through these and all trials and struggles…. This is a source of abiding hope and strength.  
 
throughout the world and even close to home,  we regularly hear of disasters, (whether they be natural disasters, or human-made suffering); where many people are experiencing all sorts of hardship and pain…..   including those who silently suffer and whose plight is not known to the world. We keep them all in our prayers…  and we take strength and consolation from Christ.. who is our good shepherd…. Who is one with the father.. and makes us one with him…  who knows each of us by name and who knows every human being by name (including those forgotten and abandoned and considered unimportant by the standards of the world). God never forgets even one of them, and God never forgets us.
 
The hear of our good shepherd;  who cares for and loves each and every human beinng, must be broken with grief for anyone suffering ……  anyone who has been treated without the respect and dignity that all people have…  as beloved children of God…..  irrespective of race, culture or tongue….  For Jesus is the light to all nations…  and all peoples…. …
 
Let us commend all who suffer, to the gentle shepherd’s care… and let us re-commit ourselves each day, to showing practical care and support to all those we encounter, those in need..,.  for (in Christ) they are truly our brothers and sisters, and they are fellow members of the Good Shepherd’s flock….   
 
May the world be reshaped, with the peace, care and gentleness that the good shepherd wants for the whole world… and all people in it.  

Let us continue to be people of hope, love, justice and compassion…..   and may we be instruments in God’s hands, of Christ’s vision of care; valuing everyone, even those considered by others to be "the least" -May the Lord show us the full meaning of the fact that “God loves each and every person completely.”
 
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Vocations day resources. 

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4th Sunday of Easter, Year C

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Lord Jesus, you are mighty God and Prince of peace. Lord have mercy//  You are Son of God and the Son of Mary. Christ have mercy// You are Word made flesh, the splendour of the Father. Lord have mercy. 

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

Easter III p.25

Euch Prayer II p.56

Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.





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Saturday, April 09, 2016

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Catholic Reflections 543 : Third Sunday of Easter. Year C. 10th April, 2016

Homily: Third Sunday of Easter. Year C. 
10th April, 2016.


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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Catholic Reflections 542 : Homily 2nd Sunday of Easter - C. Divine Mercy Sunday 3rd April, 2016

Homily 2nd Sunday of Easter - C. Divine Mercy Sunday 3rd April, 2016



This Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday, where we recall the absolute mercy and love that Jesus has for all humanity.   This is a fitting feast day in this year celebrating the Mercy of God…..   

Speaking of God’s divine mercy. God’s mercy is better and more profound than any human mercy or compassion could even imagine.  We cannot downplay the significance of how different Jesus’ reunion with his disciples is after he rose from the dead, from how the expectations of the world might be…   After all, Jesus had been betrayed and abandoned by most of his followers and almost all of his disciples. Only a few loyal women stayed with him through it all…  his chosen disciples mostly scattered in fear. The one Jesus chose to be the rock on which he would build his church, denied him three times.   Now he is risen and he returns to meet them…   would not one expect (if this were merely an earthly drama), that there would be revenge, retribution, or at least an extended session of guilt trips and finger pointing…  But no…. there is not a hint of judgement in our Lord’s return….   He does not even punish Thomas for his doubt and his demands before he would believe the news that Our Lord had indeed risen. 

Christ meets Thomas where he is at.. and shows Thomas what he needed to be assured…  he shows him his hands and side…   That is mercy. That is compassion. It is also service and love.  This is God’s ways which are so very different from many of the ways of the world….  

In the Easter narratives…. “The risen Jesus is encountered by different disciples in different situations and different ways….

•          Mary Magdalene recognised the risen Jesus only when he called her by name.

•          The two disciples travelling along the road towards Emmaus, did not realise WHO this stranger was who walked along with them…. until they saw him break bread ….. and then they realised that their hearts had already been burning with fervour as they had walked along the road….. but they had not recognised the signs of Christ’s presence …. But the disciples would get better and better at recognising Christ in the Eucharist… and in the word of God and in the stranger… and in the burning energy of God’s good news…

•          and then again today…..   some people do not recognise Jesus until they touch the wounds of the suffering one…..

May we continue to recognise Christ’s presence, whenever we touch the wounded-ness of those around us and offer support and strength….

 The common interpretation of this scene of St Thomas doubting … is that he is doubting that Jesus had been raised from the dead. ……..But if we look at this incident very carefully,  it could be argued that in fact it not Jesus whom Thomas doubts,  but rather, Thomas is expressing doubt in his fellow disciples. In fact when Jesus appears to them seven days later, Thomas has the opportunity to share in the experience of the Risen Lord and like the others he immediately confesses Easter faith.

So, this passage can also be saying…..   do not be tempted to doubt the proclamation of the Disciples…. Which is the constant message of the church throughout its two thousand and more years of history,… that Jesus is truly risen…. Even if we have not seen it for ourselves and touched the very wounds of the risen Christ, …  we trust in the testimony of those apostles who did see him and who did touch his hand and side and took broken bread from his hands…. and whose words are written in scripture so that we  now share in their message and believe, and also share fully in the life of the risen Lord, that Jesus offers us to us all….

The first reading gives a picture of the early Christian church community as it grows in numbers and in strength, with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The apostles are doing what Jesus did.  Jesus is working in and through them.  The first reading mentions that they all met by common agreement, and it illustrates in the first reading, some ways in which this Christian community was a powerful source of Christ’s healing to those in need.

We need the community…. And we need that important gathering together to unite our hearts and minds to that of Christ and his gospel…. We know implicitly that coming together as the Body of Christ, the church, is never an added extra…  there is no such thing as a solo Christian…  even when we work at times individually….we are nevertheless united in a common bond with Christ and one another.  The community of disciples, the church, ensures that we are always one in Christ…. And not merely walking to the beat of our own individual drum………… nor  making up our own faith and practice as we go. 

In a world where individualism is strong and a deeply valued quality…..  the idea of being united and focusing on unity (in Christ), whilst at the same time not denying the value of unity in diversity, is a careful balancing act, not to be taken lightly…

Jesus wants us to be ONE IN HIM….. he wants to unite us in the communion of his loving relationship with the Father and the Holy Spirit.  Jesus wants us to be united in the belief and experience of him as the Risen Son of God… who invites us to share in his life and participate in his Kingdom forever.

 We pray for the grace to be people of unity and healing…. who constantly act and work in ways that builds up unity, protects against fragmentation…..

 We pray for the ability to see and act in ways that put the needs of others up there with our needs…..  so that we might see the whole picture of our participation in one big family….. and not just a lifelong ‘solo act’.

Thomas, in the gospel is so inspiring…. he doubted….but he did not leave…. he was still with the disciples the next week….. he struggled…..but the others did not reject him…….    and Jesus strengthened him in his struggle and doubts………..   at times in life… we will have doubts and fears……   Jesus shows us all that we are right to trust in his promises, even when we do not  always experience the confirmation of the truth of these promises with our own eyes, hands and ears…… Thomas is a gift to us in another way. He shows us that the apostles were not gullible or foolish. What they experienced in the Risen Jesus was the experience of sensible people, just like you and me. Thinking people, who do not easily swallow everything we are told, but nevertheless, they truly did experience Jesus risen body and soul and this is what they have steadfastly passed on to all future generations. This is the testimony of sensible, deep-thinking people who know what they mean and mean what they say.

Today we know that Our Lord is certainly worth trusting in, and all his promises are true…..  we can thank Thomas for Jesus confirming that for all future generations….  including us here and now….


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A BOOK OF GRACE-FILLED DAYS. BY Alice Camille

Richard J. Leonard.

MONASTERY OF CHRIST IN THE DESERT. ABBOT’S HOMILY.

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Friday, March 25, 2016

Catholic Reflections 541 : Homily Sunday of the Resurrection, 2013. Year C 27th March, 2016

Homily Sunday of the Resurrection, 2013. Year C 27th March, 2016



Easter, more than any other feast tells us that God has definitively the last word in all things…. And that word is a profoundly positive and definitive “YES”   -  first and foremost, a YES to his beloved son…Jesus Christ. Who is God the son; and all that he did and taught in his ministry…  and a profound and absolute YES to life….,  and to us, as his eternally cherished sons and daughters…      Yes to forgiveness of sin for all who are bowed down by the past….    Yes to faithfulness no matter what trials and tragedies befall us  in life…….>  
-                     Easter…  and the message of the Resurrection is about life, hope, love, forgiveness…
-                     The irony of the cross and the message of today’s wonderful feast….    Means that it is rather fitting on this Easter celebration to hark back to something I mentioned right at the start of Lent …  on ash Wednesday…  the beginning of our journey towards this moment…...    For I believe that Easter could be summed up by the rather intriguing saying … “The only things that we truly possess, that have abiding and eternal value… are the things we gain by giving them away…   the only things worth possessing are the things that only make sense when given….  Which  achieve very little if merely stored up….… things like love, (given freely without expectation), kindness and forgiveness, (without expectation of return)….    acts of charity, (not for recognition or approval); random acts of kindness, (that no one will ever know who is responsible for them)/…/  I read a maxim once upholding that there is an odd economic principle associated with love -- the more love you give away, the more love you have.  It defies all other economic principles.  Our Lord Jesus, in his life, his suffering and death, and his resurrection…    is the perfect example of all these wonderful qualities…  and even more wonderfully, he invites us all to share in this way of living….  
-                     This Easter, is a special time for giving thanks for and remembering and hopefully getting opportunities to share time with family and friends…  
-                     And Easter is also about reminding us that our God is the God of New starts…  and new beginnings….. 
-                     We also remember prayerfully, all those who have gone before us.. the Resurrection gives us peace in the belief that the lord of the resurrection is faithful to his children.. and raises them up to new and eternal life in heaven… where one day we will all be reunited in joy…
-                     At Easter, we think of people who are struggling.., and those who feel hopeless. ….and also those who feel they will never be good enough, or worthy enough…   and those who fear they can never be forgiven…   For today’s feast says…  YES>>>>  God is with us,  God will never abandon us…  God truly does want to renew us and give us new hope .. new life… and indescrible mercy….   
-                     Jesus is an unequivocal “yes”  to self-sacrifice and service, and love, compassion, mercy  and generosity of spirit…   of thinking more of others and less of ourselves…   -  May God bless us and renew us in his astounding love… and ever-abiding faithfulness…  and eternal care…  and may our lives be more and more marked by these wonderful qualities with every new day….. 
 
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References:
Fr Paul W. Kelly

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