HEIRS OF THE COVENANT Acts 3:11-26

In a very real sense the Jewish people are still heirs to the covenant; it is just that they have not yet realised that the covenant has taken on a slightly different form to what they first expected. Unfortunately they did not recognise the Messiah in the form that he came. However, this will not be the case when he comes again in all his glory; when this happens everyone will see, believe and know that He is the Son of God.

The past 40 years following on from Vatican II there has been a lot of dialogue between the Vatican and various leading Jewish figures. This new depth of relationship has given rise to such descriptions of the Jewish people as our older brothers and so on. As Christians we have much to be thankful for to the Jews in that they were the ones who for two thousand years developed the understanding of God and His dealings with humanity that we assumed with our faith in Christ. If it were not for them we would not have the rich heritage of revelation present to us in the Old Testament! It is important that we do not divorce our understanding […]

By |March 31st, 2016|Daily Scripture|0 Comments
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Looking at Stars

It is always an amazing thing to look up at the night sky and see the stars. It is astounding to think that these stars are always above us 24 hours a day. But we can only see the beauty of these lights when the rest of the world is dark. We are able to see the whole world by the light of the sun, but we are blind to the world beyond us unless we enter into the darkness.

This image can help us understand the mystery of our faith. We are called to believe in things that can not be seen with the human eye, things that can only be seen when we are not blinded by the glories of this world. So often stories are told about people who come to believe in God only after they have been hit by some sort of crisis. Perhaps it is just at the moment when the bright lights of success and hope have gone out from their life and they have been shrouded in darkness that they are able to see a reality that is beyond earth.

This can also help us to understand the call of the […]

By |March 29th, 2016|The Call|0 Comments

DO NOT CLING TO ME Jn 20:11-18

 

These are rather strange words for Jesus to speak. I wonder what He meant by them. I think the answer lies in understanding the reason for His ascension into heaven. We believe that Jesus ascended into heaven in order that, with the Father, He would send us the Holy Spirit. It is this promised gift of the Holy Spirit that will signify the real completion of Jesus’ earthly mission. It is only with the Holy Spirit that wee have the power to sustain our Christian lives in the face of a hostile world.

Jesus does not want the women to get used to the idea that He is going to be with them in this resurrected form for too much longer. Jesus is aware that He will depart in a few days’ time. The clinging of the women is symbolic of the way in which we can cling to comforting things in an unhealthy way such that it stunts our growth as Christians. The nature of the Christian life is that God wants us to be always moving forward. He is not interested in us becoming comfortable in one way or another with our present faith experiences as He knows there […]

By |March 29th, 2016|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

KEEP IT SIMPLE AS THAT IS THE BEST WAY Acts 1:14, 22-33

As a student I loved mathematics. Even today I will read mathematical books for the pleasure of doing so – I will even work at mathematical problems for the fun of the challenge. It is a weird sort of reality that when you are a mathematician it is the simplest proof of a theorem that appeals to you the most. It would seem that something that is complicated and difficult would be more appealing but it is not. Apart from the fact that a simple proof will be more readily understood by the many, it is simply more beautiful than something complicate and difficult to understand. The greatest writers use a minimum of words to convey their ideas; it is much easier to write a 2000 word essay on a given topic than a 500 word one as you have to use your words more carefully and precisely.

Having said that read through the proclamations of the Gospel that Peter and Paul and the other apostles make in the Acts of the Apostles. They are all the more remarkable and powerful because of their simplicity and clarity of ideas. What homilies, if any, do you remember well? I am sure they […]

By |March 28th, 2016|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

Opening the door to hope

Christ’s death on the cross is the ultimate act of faith in his heavenly Father, and the greatest witness to God’s faithfulness. Fr Dave Callaghan MGL speaks about how the resurrection gives us the hope to believe in God’s goodness even when everything around us is darkness in this homily for the Easter Vigil.

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Opening the door to hope

Christ’s death on the cross is the ultimate act of faith in his heavenly Father, and the greatest witness to God’s faithfulness. Fr Dave Callaghan MGL speaks about how the resurrection gives us the hope to believe in God’s goodness even when everything around us is darkness in this homily for the Easter Vigil.

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EASTER SUNDAY

I like to try and imagine what it would be like to encounter someone who has risen from the dead! What would it have been like for the apostles? They have just watched Jesus die a couple of days ago and now they are told to go to Galilee and wait for Jesus! They are told that some of the women have seen Him alive. I think I would be very sceptical of such reports! However, on encountering the Risen Lord, I really have no idea what I would do, probably fall to my knees and worship though I doubt I would be able to speak a word!

To encounter someone who has risen from the dead would undoubtedly change a person’s life forever. There would be no excuses for not believing in the resurrection – you would have personally seen it happen. I think this is one of the reasons whey the teaching and preaching of the apostles has a slightly different character to it when compared with those who did not personally experience the person of Jesus here on earth. Their conviction would be so much deeper than ours because they are not relying upon ‘reported evidence,’ they are […]

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EASTER VIGIL

The Easter Vigil is the biggest celebration of the Catholic Liturgical Year. When celebrated well it has the most magnificent music and symbolism designed to give us a taste of the heavenly existence of all the saints and angels. Yet it is also remarkably down to earth in that it relates to us through all the Readings the history of salvation, that is, the history of God’s work in human affairs. Listen carefully to the progression of the Readings and you will discover a subtle unfolding of God’s plan through His work with the Jewish people to the point where it climaxes in the mission of the Son of God.

When Jesus rises from the dead the whole nature of the relationship between God and humanity is definitively changed – reconciliation is made possible and we are offered the gift of a new life – a life of grace ruled by the Holy Spirit. Unfortunately, we all too often want the benefits of this new life without the prerequisite surrender of our lives and will to that of God! We are offered a new relationship with God that is infinitely better than our previous one but it comes only through faith […]

By |March 26th, 2016|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

The Passion of Christ

As we gaze upon the horrific image of the cross, we are faced with God’s message of mercy. Fr Steve Fletcher MGL speaks about the message of the cross in this homily for Good Friday

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The Passion of Christ

As we gaze upon the horrific image of the cross, we are faced with God’s message of mercy. Fr Steve Fletcher MGL speaks about the message of the cross in this homily for Good Friday

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