Meeting Lazarus

Jesus calls us to not just give money to the poor, but to go out and sit with them. Fr Dave Callaghan MGL speaks about the role that the parable of the rich man and Lazarus has played in his own his personal journey in this homily for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary time.

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Meeting Lazarus

Jesus calls us to not just give money to the poor, but to go out and sit with them. Fr Dave Callaghan MGL speaks about the role that the parable of the rich man and Lazarus has played in his own his personal journey in this homily for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary time.

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Falling in battle

Every country has shrines dedicated to those who have died in war. We hold annual commemorations for those who have fallen in the field of battle and ask no questions about the circumstances of their death. It does not matter whether they died heroically or if their death was because of they own failure to be on alert to the danger of battle. Either way we celebrate all fallen soldiers as heroes.

It is therefore a little bit strange that we don’t celebrate fallen Christians in the same way. Every church has stories of leaders or evangelists who have fallen into sin or even fallen away from the faith. Sadly we often think of these people as being failures and we can be tempted to make all sorts of judgements about their failure of character.

It is interesting to ask the question of whether God thinks about these people the same way that we do? Just like soldiers, they were the ones who had the courage to step into a place of spiritual battle. By choosing to serve the Lord they became a target for the enemy. They would have never run the risk of losing their faith if they had not […]

By |September 22nd, 2016|The Call|0 Comments

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 19th, 2016|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

BEING A GOOD STEWARD OF OUR GOODS Lk 16:1-13

There is a big difference between being a steward of the wealth that God has blessed us with and with being beholden to that very same wealth. In the former we are in control of all of our actions. In the latter, wealth or the desire for it is the controlling force in our actions. The Gospel today asks us to examine where we stand on these matters. It is important for us to be honest with ourselves here as if we are not, that is just the opening that the devil is seeking in order to deflect us from the path of true discipleship and lead us into a position where it is money or mammon rather than God that is the focus of our lives.

Jesus tells us a story about a man who knows how to get what he wants in this life, however, he has forgotten about the life to follow, that is, eternal life. He may well be successful in obtaining everything that he wants here and now, but what about eternal life. How will all the things of the world benefit him then? This is a crucial concept that we must grasp early in life […]

By |September 18th, 2016|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

THE PURPOSE OF THE PARABLES Lk 8:4-15

One of the most powerful ways of introducing new ideas or concepts to the minds of others is to situate them within a story. Why this is so, I do not know. There seems to be a power associated with storytelling that is not there when we try to explain things through purely logical means. Maybe this tells us something about the human psych and the way that we think and learn things. Whatever is the case, Jesus chose to teach His disciples using parables on many occasions.

One thing that a story, in this case a parable does for us, is to situate the concept we are trying to teach someone within a situation that is familiar to our experience. This means that we are immediately able to relate to the story, and in relating to the story, hopefully pick up the message it contains.

Whenever Jesus tells a parable it is always a teaching about an aspect of the Kingdom of God. In giving an explanation for the parable of the sower Jesus likes the work of a farmer to the dynamic of the Kingdom of God. The focal point for us ought to be the role of the seeds […]

By |September 17th, 2016|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

EVERYONE HAS A ROLE TO PLAY Lk 8:1-3

We live in a society that talks a lot about equality and where there are all sorts of anti-discrimination laws. There is no doubt in my mind that all people are created equal and ought to be treated as such. This does not, however, mean that we are all the same. The Holy Spirit has gifted each of us differently and it takes each of us, using the gifts and talents that we have at our disposal to make the Church and the world work well. If one person on a team slacks off, the whole of the team is affected, as others have to do a little extra to compensate.

Another way of looking at things is to consider that each person is unique and if they fail to live up to their gifting or talents then there is no one else who can actually do what they do, or more correctly, be who they are meant to be as God’s gift to the world. That is, I cannot be you and you cannot be me.

It is for these reasons that it is important for us to discover the gifts that God as given to us so that […]

By |September 17th, 2016|Daily Scripture|0 Comments
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Boredom and contemplation

It has been said that the source of most of our sin is boredom. There is a deep restlessness within our hearts that is always looking for more. This boredom can create a type of madness inside of us. Even when we have all that we want, it doesn’t take long before boredom sets in and we start dreaming of having something else. There can even be times when we seem to go looking for conflict or trouble because we have become bored with how peaceful and stable our life is.

The church has always been aware of this problem and it has always presented contemplation as the answer. We need to learn again to delight in the small and ordinary things of life. Boredom causes us to be constantly looking outward, driven by envy at the idea that other people are enjoying their lives more than I am. Whereas contemplation calls me to look inward and find delight in the ordinary. In a world which is constantly seeking stronger physical stimulation, contemplation teaches us to delight in the more subtle pleasures, the simple joys, even to the point of finding joy in the midst of sadness or discomfort.

The best way […]

By |September 15th, 2016|The Call|0 Comments

Our Lady of Sorrows THE FAITHFUL DISCIPLE Jn 19:25-27.

Mary is the supreme example of discipleship that we have to study. Her entire life is given over to the service of God’s will to the point that she stands at the foot of the cross as her son breathes his last. If we desire to be a disciple of Jesus, this is the path that we will have to walk as well. Mary is a woman who never shirked her responsibilities and thus was with Jesus until the end. In this, I pray that we will follow her example.

Mary as the Lady of Sorrows is a picture of faith in the midst of the turbulent situations of her life. It cannot have been easy for her to follow her son’s life of ministry and see that the establishment despised him. Nor would it have got any easier as He approached His final days. Throughout all of this Mary’s faith remained constant. She does not play a major role in the ministry of Jesus except to implore Him to work a miracle at the Wedding Feats of Cana when the wine runs out. She remains in the background; yet when she appears she is always portrayed as a woman of […]

By |September 15th, 2016|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

PARDOXICAL SIGN OF VICTORY Jn 3:13-17

St Paul leaves us in no doubt as to the centrality of the cross of Jesus as a central symbol of the Christian faith. The Gospel today from John supports this point of view. John links the cross with the healing power of the bronze serpent in the Old Testament. Here we are given a sense of the power of the cross to save. Just as those who looked upon the bronze serpent were healed of the poisonous snakebite, so those who look upon the cross of Jesus and surrender to its work in their lives through faith, will be saved from their sins.

The cross of Jesus at first sight looks like a defeat for Jesus! However, when we see that Jesus has been raised from the dead by the Father, we realise that the cross is not a defeat but in fact the instrument of final victory over sin. Because the cross is the instrument of victory over sin it becomes the universal symbol of Christianity.

The cross is the Way of Salvation for all who believe. The cross is the only Path to Eternal Life for all people. The cross is at the heart of the Christian faith – […]

By |September 14th, 2016|Daily Scripture|0 Comments