Being open to the poverty of others

Fr Steve Fletcher MGL speaks about how we can become comfortably numb to the poverty that is around us, particular in the lives of those around us.
By |September 30th, 2013|CRADIO, Homilies|Comments Off on Being open to the poverty of others

DEGREES OF GREATNESS Lk 9:46-50

What we mean by greatness will always depend upon the bases upon which this judgment is made. This means that there can be many different understandings of greatness. So, what does greatness in the eyes of the Lord mean? How does this sort of greatness differ from that which we see more commonly pursued by the world?

The greatness of the world has to do with the ability to influence the way in which the world is run. It has to do with power to change the way people act and react in regards to circumstances that arise. Thus, a rich person is powerful as they are able to influence things through the use of money; the politician through political power, the army through martial law.

The Christian has power in his or her life through obedience to God. This power is far more powerful and effective in bringing change to peoples’ lives when it is judged in terms of the perspective of eternal life. Quite literally, who cares less about the power to influence happenings in the world when there is power available to influence the destiny of individuals in regards to their eternal life? When we evangelize someone this is […]

By |September 30th, 2013|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

An Open Letter to Prime Minister Abbott

Dear Prime Minister Abbott, We have met briefly once before, but you probably don’t remember me.  We both spoke at a Catholic event for young men in 2009, and we were part of a Q and A panel at that same event.  At one point I leant over to you and said that the four […]
By |September 29th, 2013|chris ryan|Comments Off on An Open Letter to Prime Minister Abbott

RESPONDING WHILE THERE IS STILL TIME Lk 16:19-31

The parable of the rich man feasting while the poor man lies starving at his gate presents a stark reminder to us about the need to respond to the grace of whenever we have the opportunity to do so. There are very few things more wasteful than an offer of grace missed in the life of a follower of Jesus.

The rich man was surely aware of the plight of the man at his gate, and probably many others as well as this one man. However, he fails to do anything to alleviate the [plight of his less fortunate brothers and sisters. This is a big mistake as now is the moment of grace in his life – there is not going to be another opportunity as he is about to die! We may think that we have many years still in front of us, but in actual fact, none of us knows exactly when the Lord is going to call us home. I do know, however, that I want to be properly prepared when He does call me to himself. I am sure you desire this as well.

There is always something that we can give to another person – even […]

By |September 29th, 2013|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

LORD, GRANT ME UNDERSTANDING Lk 9:43-45

I can remember when I was first taught coordinate geometry at school. I was totally lost regarding what the teacher was talking about. It was not until I had a moment of insight and everything suddenly came together and it was all so easy to understand. My biggest problem was learning to allow letters to substitute for numbers. For some reason or another, my mind refused to contemplate this suggestion and I was having all sorts of difficulties until I could overcome the blockage.

So often in the Gospels the disciples or apostles fail to understand what Jesus is trying to tell them. This is not the fault of Jesus. It is usually some sort of blockage in the heart or mind of the listener that causes this to happen. Here I think the problem is that they have a set concept of what the Messiah will be like and what He will do and Jesus is just not fitting into those categories! It would be so much easier for them if Jesus had come as a mighty ruler in the image of King David. Then they would have known how to react.

When we approach the Scriptures and the prophecies of […]

By |September 28th, 2013|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

Becoming Fire 13: Having a radical trust in the love of God

Fr Ken continues this series of talks on our vocation to holiness by speaking about the virtue of having a radical trust in the love of God. This is an ability to trust God at all times no matter what happens.

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By |September 27th, 2013|Becoming Fire, Becoming Fire Audio|0 Comments

JESUS KNOWS WHAT IS IN FRONT OF HIM Lk 9:18-22

There is little doubt that Jesus knows that He will die at the hands of sinful men. Exactly how much of the finer details He was aware is up for speculation. After Peter’s profession of faith Jesus prophesies that e will suffer, die and be raised from the dead. He does not want His disciples to have to cope with all of this without some sort of preparation. Jesus does His best to prepare them for the tremendous shock that it will be to see Him die.

The fact that He affirms Peter’s profession of faith is further evidence to this effect as such an affirmation of His identity as the Messiah would surely bring a lot of comfort and hope to the disciples.

As we attempt to follow in the footsteps of Jesus and His disciples it is important for us to realize that if suffering comes our way, then we can know that Jesus went through it first! Jesus has prepared the way for us wherever our particular path leads us and His promise is that e will never leave our side.

Te prophecy of His passion needs to be read in conjunction with His sentiments expressed in Luke 12:48-50 where […]

By |September 27th, 2013|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

JESUS KNOWS WHAT IS IN FRONT OF HIM Lk 9:18-22

There is little doubt that Jesus knows that He will die at the hands of sinful men. Exactly how much of the finer details He was aware is up for speculation. After Peter’s profession of faith Jesus prophesies that e will suffer, die and be raised from the dead. He does not want His disciples to have to cope with all of this without some sort of preparation. Jesus does His best to prepare them for the tremendous shock that it will be to see Him die.

The fact that He affirms Peter’s profession of faith is further evidence to this effect as such an affirmation of His identity as the Messiah would surely bring a lot of comfort and hope to the disciples.

As we attempt to follow in the footsteps of Jesus and His disciples it is important for us to realize that if suffering comes our way, then we can know that Jesus went through it first! Jesus has prepared the way for us wherever our particular path leads us and His promise is that e will never leave our side.

Te prophecy of His passion needs to be read in conjunction with His sentiments expressed in Luke 12:48-50 where […]

By |September 26th, 2013|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

WHO IS THAT MAN? Lk 9:7-9

It must have been quite an extraordinary experience to meet Jesus. After all, He is the Son of God. Therefore, it is not surprising that Herod is somewhat confused when it comes to trying to work out exactly who He is. The suggestions that He is Elijah or John the Baptist returned from the dead only serve to show how deep the confusion has become in the minds of many. Who is Jesus? I think that this is a still a relevant question today in a world that seems to have little time for both God and the things of God.

In order to be confused or perplexed, Herod must have been seriously questioning himself about the identity of this man, Jesus. Perhaps we can ask ourselves who we think He is, or whom we experience Him to be in our lives? In coming to a deeper understanding of how we experience Jesus will help us deepen our relationship with Him. It may also serve to indicate aspects of our relationship with Jesus that need to be improved.

Most, if not all of the people who encountered Jesus in person were changed forever by the experience. One of the most spectacular encounters […]

By |September 26th, 2013|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

A TRULY EVANGELICAL LIFESTYLE Lk 9:1-6

The proclamation of the Gospel is always going to be more powerful if it is accompanied by a truly evangelical lifestyle. This is one of the reasons why monks were often sent by the pope into barbarian territories to begin the work of evangelization. Their spartan lifestyle of poverty was usually a most compelling argument in favor of the Gospel that they were proclaiming to the people. To choose to have less has always been a radical choice and one that stands as a true challenge to a materialistic and consumer-oriented world.

Jesus sends His disciples out with as little as possible in order to emphasize to them, and those to whom they will proclaim the Good News, that there is a power in the Gospel that is beyond the mere understanding of the world. Jesus wants us all to know that it is the Holy Spirit who is the ultimate power behind all evangelical efforts. Without Him, they are doomed to failure.

The witness of the monks’ lives was so powerful that it was not long before the Gospel had spread from Ireland, back across continental Europe after the dark ages of the invasion of the Barbarian tribes from the North […]

By |September 25th, 2013|Daily Scripture|0 Comments