GOD’S PLAN FROM THE BEGINNING Isa 49:1-6.

For the first three days of Holy Week the first readings of the Masses cover the first three of the Servant Songs of Isaiah. Looking back upon them from a Christian perspective, we see prophecies of the future coming of a Messiah. This supports the view that God planned from the beginning to send His Son to redeem us, as He knew we would sin. Even with this foreknowledge, God chose to create us. This demonstrates the depth of His love and commitment to us.

 

The imagery of this Servant Song is quite wonderful. It seems to draw from the themes of Psalm 139. We are told that God forms each of us from the womb indicating the supreme dignity of human life from the moment of conception. Life is not an accident that just happens randomly it is something that God initiates and forms. When we realize the absolute dignity that Life has, we can begin to understand why God would deem it important enough to send His Son to redeem us.

 

The Servant also has a corporate personality as well! That is, together, all those who believe in God and can be numbered as His servants, will be a light […]

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ROTTEN TO THE CORE Jn 12:1-11.

Have you ever bitten into an apple, or any piece of fruit for that matter, that looks really good on the outside but was rotten and thus tasted terrible on the inside? It can be quite a shock to the system. It was probably a great shock and disappointment to the other apostles when they discovered that Judas was a betrayer. John reveals to us the double-sided nature of Judas in today’s Gospel. Judas seems to be saying something righteous, but he has a very unrighteous motive indeed for the words that he says!

 

It only takes a little chink in the armor of a soldier for the arrow or lance to find a way through. It is often the smallest of holes in a piece of fruit through which the grub or worm has burrowed his way into the heart. This is what sin will do to us if we allow it into our hearts. Sin will gradually burrow its way to the center of our lives and begin to radiate out from there to make our whole lives unholy. Sin is not satisfied with remaining little and unseen. It wants to contaminate the whole of our lives.

 

Judas had a […]

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How beautiful this Saviour

Jesus entered into the darkness of the cross so that we could receive the gift of life. Fr Ken Barker MGL speaks of the love that was in the heart of Christ in this homily for Palm Sunday. DOWNLOAD (Right click to save)   Get access to the MGL homilies on the MGLmedia app http://mglpriestsandbrothers.org/app

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Palm Sunday EMBRACING THE CROSS Mk 15:1-39.

Last Sunday we reflected upon dying to our selves in order to bear fruit for the Kingdom of God. Another way of expressing this truth in our lives is with the metaphor of carrying our cross. The Readings and Gospel call us to meditate upon the reality of the cross and suffering in the life of Jesus. This will inevitably lead us to reflect upon our own encounters with suffering. How do we embrace the cross of suffering and sacrifice in our lives?

When we confront suffering in our lives and embrace the cross that Jesus gives us to carry, we do so in the knowledge that Jesus has passed this path before us and prepared the way for ultimate victory over all the struggles and problems in our lives. Though, at times, the way forward can seem at best to be murky and unsure, we can know with sure knowledge that Jesus is with us all the way to the end. He will not abandon us and nor will He allow our sufferings to be so great that we will be overwhelmed by them. St Paul, in today’s text from Philippians, reminds us that ultimately Jesus will have the victory […]

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IS JESUS AFRAID OF ANYONE OR ANYTHING? Jn 11:45-56

Fear is a terribly debilitating thing. It can freeze a person up so much that they are incapable of functioning at all. We have probably seen this in action when a child freezes during a public speaking exercise. Fear can work in similar ways to ‘freeze’ our emotions, our psyche or even our spiritual life. Jesus is afraid of no one and nothing at all! Why? Jesus knows that he is loved by his Father in Heaven, and that is enough basis for him to go about his mission and not worry about the consequences of what he does. He knows that if he remains obedient then, in the end, the Father will vindicate him.

Jesus’ attitude to life is an example we should all seek to emulate. If we can imitate him in this we will be well on the way to becoming saints! I believe that one of the most power things a saint is able to do is to set his or her mind on what God wants for them and then set about doing it without allowing themselves to be distracted by the demands and pressures of the world. The most important thing you can achieve in […]

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WHAT WE DO DEFINES WHO WE ARE Jn 10:31-42

We have probably all heard the saying at one time or another in our lives, ‘you are what you eat.’ To a certain extent this is true – if a person eats junk food all of the time they will get fat and become very unhealthy. On the other hand, if a person is always eating good food they will become strong and healthy. This is an analogy for what we read in today’s Gospel where Jesus is telling the Pharisees to believe in what he does even if they do not believe in who he says he is! That is, Jesus is telling them that they ought to be able to see who he is by the works that he does and even if they do not want to believe what these works tell them about him, they must still believe in the works, as they are indisputable.

In the same way we Christians must always seek to give witness to the world through the way and manner we live our lives. It is imperative for the work and success of the Gospel proclamation that Christians actually be who they proclaim to be – the people the Gospel calls us […]

By |March 27th, 2015|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

KEEPING THE WORD OF JESUS Jn 8:51-59

 

What does it mean to ‘keep the Word of Jesus?’ I suppose there are many interpretations of the ‘Word of Jesus’ but I want to focus on only one in this reflection, namely the connection of this phrase with the will of God. One of the clear themes in Jesus’ life and ministry is his obedience to his Father’s will. Scripturally speaking, when we study what God seems to mean by his “word,” we discover that it is closely associated with his will.

For example, in Genesis, when God speaks – utters the words or commands that bring the world into being – we see the power that God’s word has. It can create something out of nothing. This is also true of God’s will. The example from Genesis also clearly links any understanding of the Word of God to his will.

The Church has always closely associated its understanding of the Word of God with the Scriptures. The Scriptures contain all the truths that are necessary for our salvation. In other words, they manifest God’s salvific will and make it available to us for reflection and prayer. It is a short step from here to understanding that keeping God’s […]

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Annunciation WHAT IS HAPPENING? Lk 1:26-38

When the angel came and announced to Mary that she was to become the Mother of the Son of God, Mary must have marvelled at what was happening. So much of what God does remains at least partially a mystery to us and thus we stand in awe and wonder at the works of God in our lives. This awe and wonder marks us as human. It is only human beings of all that God has created who have the ability to reflect upon the meaning of their lives and thus recognise the marvellous things that God has done, is doing and will do in our lives.

This awe and wonder is essential to our human nature. We live in a world that is very quickly consuming itself in a frenzy of ‘doing things!’ If a particular action is not ‘useful,’ that is, not producing something good that can be seen to be adding to our material wealth, there is a strong tendency to dismiss the act as a waste of time and not worthy of consideration. This is a terribly warped view of humanity!!

The ancient and medieval philosophers agreed that the fact of human existence is prior and more important […]

By |March 25th, 2015|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

An Unexpected Redemption

To a non-Christian, the ministry of Jesus would seem to be a complete failure: he didn’t solve world poverty, end warfare or oppression or destroy sickness. Fr Dave Callaghan MGL claims that the redemption of the world came from an unexpected part of Jesus’ ministry in this homily for the 5th Sunday in Lent. RIGHT-CLICK [...]

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An Unexpected Redemption

To a non-Christian, the ministry of Jesus would seem to be a complete failure: he didn’t solve world poverty, end warfare or oppression or destroy sickness. Fr Dave Callaghan MGL claims that the redemption of the world came from an unexpected part of Jesus’ ministry in this homily for the 5th Sunday in Lent.

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