OUR FOCUS UPON GOD’S WILL IS THE KEY Lk 9:51-56

Any good commentary on Luke’s Gospel will identify 9:51 as the turning point in the ministry of Jesus. It is from here on until His Passion that Jesus begins is journey towards Jerusalem. He steadfastly begins this journey well aware that it is in Jerusalem that many of the prophets suffered under at the hands of the Jewish authorities. Jesus is aware that He too will suffer, but His Father’s will is of more importance to Him than the prospect of suffering, indeed Jesus probably knows that it is through His suffering and death that the Father’s love will triumph over sin and death in the resurrection.

 

As we meditate upon the decision of Jesus to embrace His Father’s will unto death, it is good for us to realize that we are also called to this same commitment. As disciples of Jesus we are to follow where He leads and since His path is a path to the cross, we know that this is where we are going as well. The nature of the cross for us may or may not be different to the experience of Jesus. The one thing that is sure is that being obedient to God’s will […]

By |September 30th, 2014|Daily Scripture|1 Comment

ARCHANGELS TO BE TRUE Jn 1:47-51

Jesus describes Nathaniel as a man with nothing false in him. This is a tremendous compliment. I hope and pray that I will be converted to the point that this is true of me as well! I think that this is one of the goals of the Holy Spirit with us all. The Holy Spirit desires that we will all be upright and true people who do not seek to hide from God or one another.

 

I think if we look at our lives carefully we will all be able to identify at least one aspect that we would like to improve. I think that we all probably have something we want to hide from others as well. It is the latter that Nathaniel lacks according to the words of Jesus. Perhaps it is this description that swayed the Church to choose this reading for the celebration of the Archangels, Gabriel, Raphael and Michael. Angels are beings who are perfectly straight. They have made their choice one way or the other and are destined to obedience to God or disobedience. They cannot be converted otherwise.

 

It is not that we should aspire to be angels but rather to imitate their character as […]

By |September 29th, 2014|Daily Scripture|0 Comments
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The Call: Fighting against your saviour

It is a strange thing that a person would fight to defend the person who holds them captive. Yet this is the very thing happened in 1973 during a bank robbery in the city of Stockholm. After six days of being held hostage, the people who were being held captive began to sympathise with their captors and eventually fought to defend them when the authorities broke in to save them.

This process, which has become known as ‘Stockholm Syndrome’, is a lot closer to our personal experience then we may like to think.

The reality is that we are held captive by sin. It is our enemy and it destroys us. However, over time we have started to find that our allegiance shifts so that we now see our enemy as our friend. This becomes obvious once someone tries to set us free from our sin. This may be a friend challenging us about the truth, or it might be the Holy Spirit prompting us to change our ways. We can suddenly become very defensive and fight to protect our sin, in the same way that a person experiencing ‘Stockholm syndrome’ would fight to defend those who hold them hostage.

This is where […]

By |September 28th, 2014|The Call|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 27th, 2014|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, 2014|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 25th, 2014|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 24th, 2014|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

Being changed by the words

Fr Paul Uwemedimo challenges us to allow the words of Jesus to change us in this homily for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
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Being changed by the words

Fr Paul Uwemedimo challenges us to allow the words of Jesus to change us in this homily for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
By |September 22nd, 2014|CRADIO, Homilies|Comments Off on Being changed by the words

BLESSINGS FOLLOWING ON FROM BLESSINGS Lk 8:16-18

Sometimes it is difficult to accept the way in which others might seem to be wealthier or more endowed intellectually or more blessed than we seem to be. If we are sensible about this we will realize that there are certain things in life that we just cannot change! Or can we change them?

 

The most important thing that we have in this life is our relationship with God. Everything else pales into complete and utter insignificance in comparison to our relationship with Jesus. With this in mind, we do have the power to change many of the things in our life for the better! Maybe it is not ‘to the better’ in the sense that the world might understand this concept, but it is ‘to the better’ in regards our journey towards eternal life. The latter is far more important than the former.

 

The person whose faith is truly alive will be constantly experiencing a drawing deeper into relationship with God. The deeper we go with God, the less the ways and priorities of the world will seem important to us. In fact, some of the saints became so engrossed in their relationship with God that they would forget to eat, […]

By |September 22nd, 2014|Daily Scripture|0 Comments