LIGHT AND DARKNESS Lk. 4.31-37

For those early risers out there you would appreciate the morning- it’s a wonderful part of the day when dawn is breaking forth and the first rays of the sun catch the tall trees glistening after the night moisture. If ever I am up at that time I do appreciate these times of glory of God. We all know the power of the sun to illumine the day, the soft light of the moon at night. Scripture is flooded with these two images of darkness and light.
The light overshadows the darkness and that is precisely what happens when Jesus the Son of God is in town! Even the demons shudder as they are exposed to the brilliant light of the Son. They scream and call out, knowing that their reign of darkness has been conquered in the light of Jesus’ coming. Jesus speaks in the power of light and acts in the light. All that comes to him is exposed by the light of day.
The image of darkness and light is also within. Anyone who sins lives in the darkness. Anyone who seeks to follow the teachings of Jesus in obedience and faith will always have the light of life. […]

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Why doesn’t God answer our prayers?

Every day people cry out to God for help and the only response they receive is silence. How can we claim that God loves us when he seems to ignore our prayers? Fr Dave Callaghan MGL speaks about the mysterious answer that God has given in this homily for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary time.

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Why doesn’t God answer our prayers?

Every day people cry out to God for help and the only response they receive is silence. How can we claim that God loves us when he seems to ignore our prayers? Fr Dave Callaghan MGL speaks about the mysterious answer that God has given in this homily for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary time.

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HUMBLE THYSELF! LK 14 1, 7-14

One of my fondest memories is that of having Christmas lunch with the brothers in Australia. It was a tradition within our community that we open our home to those who were less fortunate and to share Christmas with us. It was a very joyful occasion and full with food, laughter and celebration. There were many characters that we would invite, those whom you would rather pass by in the street. But it was these simple and humble folk that made it all the more joyous feast that it was. At the end of our celebration they would be fighting over the food to bring home. So much for kindness and sharing and humility!
Jesus teaches us today how we are to act at table when we are invited to a party. To take the lowest place, to sit and eat with the less fortunate. He teaches us the way of hospitality – which a common theme flowing through the Gospel of Luke.
Jesus also teaches us about the grace of humility which seems to have vanished into thin air these days! St Francis of Assisi taught that humility is knowing who God is and knowing who I am. Humility is not […]

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

WHO AM I? 1Cor. 1.26-31

One of the problems that I notice among many is the question of self-identity. Who am I? What am I doing? What is the meaning to my existence here upon this earth? These are all questions of self-identity. I see it among the young, most noticeably. Everyone is making themselves to be someone who they are not. You see it in gender expression. A young man will dress as a woman, feminine and womanly; a young girl finds it difficult to relate with other men, a middle-aged man wears clothing suitable to those half his age. A woman seeks to wear clothing to prove that she is not getting bigger. Everyone gets jealous of the other because they haven’t what the other has! No offence, but you get the point. I once heard a mother tell me that her daughter was wondering if it was good to have brown skin – because all she ever saw was (on TV, films, commercials, advertisements)  that white is better!
One of our answers to this problem of self-identity is to read and read again the scriptures that are full of truth. You will soon find out who you are! You are a beloved son/daughter […]

By |August 27th, 2016|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

ARE YOU READY. Mtt.25.1-13

I thought it was only the brides that were traditionally late at the wedding! However, in the gospel today, the groom delays his coming. Weddings in the Middle East, as they are anywhere in the world, are the cause of a great celebration, festive and wonderful celebrations of life –and so they should be! In ancient Palestine, as we hear Jesus telling us, the groom could take hours to arrive. Imagine! You are the sponsor at the wedding and two hours later, you are still waiting for the groom or bride to arrive. Would you wait?
In the gospel, Jesus narrates to us that there are 10 bridesmaids waiting to the coming of the groom. Some were wise; others were foolish- why would that be the case? Perhaps the more experienced were used to waiting around. In order for them to be safe, they had extra oil in their lamps – just in case. At midnight, the groom finally arrives. Imagine rising from your sleep and not having any oil. It is late and it seems impossible to buy the extra oil. This becomes a problem because those who have come prepared are the wiser. The others have to go elsewhere. […]

By |August 26th, 2016|Daily Scripture|2 Comments
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The friend of the King

In John’s Gospel, Jesus says that he no longer calls us servants: he now calls us friends. Without a good understanding of the old testament, we can miss the real depth of what he is trying to say to us.

During the time of King David, there were various official roles in the kingdom.One of the key roles was the ‘friend of the king’. This man had complete access to the king at any time of the day. He was the most trusted supporter of the king and as a result, he had an intimate insight into the thoughts and desires of the king. The friend of the king knew the king so well that he didn’t need to receive instructions; he just knew what the king wanted because their relationship was so close. So when Jesus says that he now calls us friends, he is saying that every one of his followers now fills that role in his kingdom.

We are being invited into an intimate relationship in which we have complete access to Jesus. But we are also being called into a life-long vocation in which we seek to know the heart of Jesus so deeply that we just naturally […]

By |August 25th, 2016|The Call|0 Comments

GOD IS FAITHFUL 1 Cor.1.1-9

In the day and age of advanced communications, I think we tend to lose something of the personal touch of a handwritten letter. Even when I am writing letters to folks back home it can be computer typed! Although some correspondents remain “old fashioned”, I will respond to them through written communication. When one writes a letter, it seems more expressive since they are sharing something of themselves. Isn’t it a joy to receive letter in the mail? A brother priest of mine receives letters from his mother every month without fail, still written by hand with the personal touch.
In the New Testament, we have a series of letters written by Paul, the great missionary and apostle to the Gentiles. He writes very personally, expressing his love and concern for the churches. These letters were read aloud as the people gathered to hear the news from their friend. Sometimes the letters were full of challenging comments; it depended on what they needed to hear! These letters make good reading and prayerful reflection even today.  Sometimes we can pass them by as times of the past. However, they can be very good practice for daily Christian living. Take one of his […]

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JESUS CALLS YOU! Jn. 1.45-61

The Church honours the life of St Bartholomew, known in scripture as Nathaniel. The evangelist Philip brings him to Jesus. Nathaniel is under the fig tree, perhaps resting and reading under the shade and protection from the hot sun. His response is typical of the Jews of his time – can anything good come out of Galilee? Jesus affirms this Jewish-ness and Nathaniel, in faith, affirms Jesus as the King of Israel.
The narrative we have in the gospel is typically a call narrative. There is a call or invitation to come and follow. There is a response on the part of the one called, usually a doubt, concern or rejection. There is a response and finally acceptance of the call. In this simple narrative, Philip seeks out Nathaniel and calls him. The response of Nathaniel seems derogatory and offensive. Philip makes the response valid, inviting Nathaniel to come and see. Then there is an acceptance on the part of Nathaniel, who makes the amazing acclamation of faith. Finally, on the part of Jesus there is mission statement. Legend has it that Bartholomew was skinned alive.
Jesus will call us in normal everyday circumstances. Not many of us have the spectacular lightshow […]

By |August 24th, 2016|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

If life is not a game

It can be very confronting to face the fact that our life has consequences. Jesus repeatedly presents us with the beautiful invitation of heaven, yet reminds us that we have the power to choose our eternal destiny. Fr Dave Callaghan MGL breaks open this  mystery in this homily for the 21st Sunday in ordinary time.

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