THE FAITH OF ABRAHAM Heb. 11:1-2,8-19.

The more I reflect upon the nature of Abraham’s faith the more remarkable it seems to be! God has promised Abraham that his descendants will number as many as the stars of heaven and yet Abraham is willing to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, to the Lord! This willingness on the part of Abraham demonstrates an almost blind belief in the Word of God! It does not seem to matter to Abraham that such an act would seemingly leave him without descendants. Abraham knows that God knows what He is doing and so is willingly obedient to God’s call to sacrifice his only son.

It is somewhat ironic that the sacrifice of Isaac does not go ahead, whereas, bout 4000 years later, God Himself will sacrifice His Son Jesus, in order that our sins might be forgiven. The faith of Jesus is this time evident in that He trust His Father’s will so completely that He knows that He will be vindicated in the end. And He is when God raises Him from the dead.

Just as Jesus’ faith and trust in His Father is somewhat responsible for His resurrection, perhaps we can also say that the faith of Abraham contributes to […]

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Youth Ministry After Evangelii Gaudium

Youth Ministry After Evangelii Gaudium

Youth Ministry After Evangelii Gaudium by Fr Chris Ryan

 

By |January 30th, 2015|Becoming Fire|0 Comments

SHEPHERDS OF THE PEOPLE

Sometimes we can develop an aversion to authority because of the way we have experienced it exercised in our lives. This is a terrible tragedy as the exercise of authority by bishops in the Church is one of God’s great gifts to His Church. Without it the Church would be akin to a rudderless boat adrift on the sea. Without the guidance of its bishop, each diocese would lack the necessary direction and we pilgrims would flounder on our journey to the Kingdom of God. The teaching authority of the bishop and his pastoral care of the people are the two main roles a bishop exercises in his service of the people.

Titus and Timothy exercise this role in their respective communities of Crete and Ephesus. One of the great laments of the Old Testament (Ezek. 34:7-16) and Jesus (Mt. 9:36) is that the people of God seem to be so often “like sheep without a shepherd.” If you have ever seen sheep that do not know where to go or what to do, it is indeed a pitiful sight! Does this mean we can sit in judgement of our bishops and blame them for all our problems? Of course not! […]

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THE BLOOD OF JESUS Heb 10:19-25

Blood is a very important aspect in our understanding of the covenant that God has made with His people. In the Old Testament it was the blood of animals that was offered as a sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins. A part of this understanding is that the blood of an animal belonged to God as it was seen to contain the life essence of the animal. Thus the Jews were forbidden to eat blood as such by the Law. All blood belonged to God.

These sacrifices were offered repeatedly as people continued to sin even after their sins were forgiven. Thus these blood sacrifices can be seen as only provisional answers to the problem of sin.

In Jesus’ own offering of Himself on the Cross at Calvary we have God’s definitive answer to sin. This offering only occurs once and it suffices to cover all sins for all time, before, during and after the actual offering 2000 years ago. This is something that we will probably never fully understand. The blood of Jesus, because He is both a human person and God, is sufficient to deal with sin once and for all. As the author of eth Letter to the […]

By |January 29th, 2015|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

THE SANCTIFYING POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT Heb. 10:11-18

One of the traps that Christians easily fall into can be described as ‘compartmentalization.’ This basically describes the situation when, for one reason or another, an individual separates the spiritual, intellectual, emotional, psychological or physical aspects of their life from all or some of the others in the list. It explains how it is possible to have people who would regard themselves as good, practicing Catholics, yet are sometimes or often involved in illegal or immoral activities.

This is only possible when we see our spiritual lives as adjuncts to the rest of our lives. Our relationship with God is something in and of itself separate from the rest of our lives. This is wrong! It will not be possible to pursue a path of holiness if this is the attitude we take to our lives.

The Letter to the Hebrews clearly presents to us that the work of the Holy Spirit involves the renewal and transformation of both our hearts and our minds! We cannot afford to compartmentalize our lives as this will deprive parts of our lives of the power of the Holy Spirit. This sort of deprivation can only lead to the free reign of sin in those parts […]

By |January 28th, 2015|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

Which Jesus are we following?

When Jesus called the disciples to follow him, they left everything. This was not because he was a ‘good moral teacher’, but because he was ‘Lord’. Fr David Callaghan MGL speaks about how we need to constantly re-discover this true message of hope, in this homily for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary time. RIGHT-CLICK TO [...]

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Which Jesus are we following?

When Jesus called the disciples to follow him, they left everything. This was not because he was a ‘good moral teacher’, but because he was ‘Lord’. Fr David Callaghan MGL speaks about how we need to constantly re-discover this true message of hope, in this homily for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary time. RIGHT-CLICK TO [...]
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WHAT FAMILY DO YOU BELONG TO? Mk. 3:31-35.

Sometimes, when we first read them, Jesus’ sayings and responses are quite enigmatic. What does He mean when He says that His mother and brothers and sisters are those who do the will of God? Jesus is not being disrespectful to His mother! He is merely stating a broader truth about His family than regards merely blood relations.

Jesus has been sent by the Father to draw all people back to God. All who heed His call will be called: “Children of God.”  This family, or really the revival of what was meant to be at Creation, is defined not by bloodlines but by obedience to God’s will. In the Gospel today, Jesus does not deny that Mary is His Mother, He is introducing the listener to a wider family that He belongs to, namely the family of those who do the will of the Father in Heaven.

Just as the Gospel is to be proclaimed to a wider audience than just the Jewish people, so too His family of all those obedient to the Father, is broader than mere blood relations. This universal aspect of the Gospel forces the Jews to rethink one of their original titles, namely ‘The Chosen People.’ […]

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WE HAVE ONLY ONE LIFE Heb. 9:15, 24-28.

Some of the world’s religions profess a belief in a doctrine of reincarnation. This is not an option for a Christian. The Letter to the Hebrews is quite straightforward. Human beings only die once and then there is judgement. We have one life to work out our relationship with God and then we stand before Him and have that life judged.

If we think about it carefully enough this description of life is the only one that really makes sense if we want to talk about our lives having any meaning morally. If we keep getting another chance to fix up what we did wrong in a previous life, there is no real imperative to act according to what is right and good because there will always be another chance! Morality loses any sense of obligation towards the good and it becomes a type of waiting game; waiting until the individual is tired of seeking pleasure for pleasure’s sake and decides to seek truth and holiness for truth and holiness’ sake.

The doctrine of reincarnation also seemingly does away with the need for a Savior. It just becomes a matter of time, of trial and error, before we save ourselves by living […]

By |January 26th, 2015|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

When Beauty hides no longer

When Beauty hides no longer

When Beauty hides no longer by Fr Chris Ryan MGL

By |January 25th, 2015|Becoming Fire|0 Comments