BEING THE CHURCH OF THE POOR

Lk 14:12-14

We have heard a lot of talk in recent years and even recent decades of the Church being the Church of the Poor. It seems to me that we still have a long way to go before we can claim to be faithful to such a designation. It is very easy to work out the theory and write about the nature of the Church of the Poor, however, it seems to be a totally different thing to actually live it in real life!

I am not seeking to point the finger at anyone here but to set out the challenge that faces us in the third millennium. The great disparity of wealth between the western nations and the rest of the world would seem to me to be a flashpoint that could trigger just about anything from grumbling words to full-scale war. Even within the Church there is a danger that a division between the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ will develop. Such a division is clearly contrary to the Gospel and just a clearly condemned by Paul in his Letter to the Corinthians (1Cor 11:17ff).

In a true Church of the Poor both rich and poor people will worship together and […]

By |October 31st, 2016|Daily Scripture|2 Comments

The banquet of mercy

In the story of Zacchaeus, Jesus does not act the way that we would expect him to, and as a result, Zacchaeus makes a very unexpected response.

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The banquet of mercy

In the story of Zacchaeus, Jesus does not act the way that we would expect him to, and as a result, Zacchaeus makes a very unexpected response.

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How do I know he repented?

Lk 19: 1-10

Zacchaeus responds to Jesus’ inviting himself to eat at his house by repenting of his sin. How do I know he repented? I know because Zacchaeus freely offers to make reparation for his sinful practices. When we repent of our sins we ought to do everything we can to repair any of the damage our sin has done. This is not always possible or easy, but we should seriously look at the issue before we dismiss it too easily.

 

Holy Spirit, help me to walk the path of truth and justice to the best of my ability. Grant me the grace to honestly do penance for all my sins if at all possible.

By |October 30th, 2016|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

THE HEART OF A HUMBLE SERVANT

Lk 14:1, 7-11

 

I think that it is always important for us to reflect upon passages like this one in the light of our own lives. We should try to remember that the way that we see a given situation might not necessarily be the way that God sees it. In fact, if we read through the Gospels carefully I think that we will discover that Jesus often demonstrates an ability to assess a situation very differently from those around Him. This is not to say that our understanding is often necessarily wrong but let us not presume that we necessarily understand the whole mind of God about it every time!

 

It comes down to a question of humility rather than presumption that we are in the right. And even though we may objectively speaking be in the right, there can still be reasons why we might need to treat the situation in a way other than our initial assessment. St Paul makes this clear when he talks about deferring some courses of action in favor of the person who has a weaker conscience (c.f. 1Cor 8).

 

There is something within each of us that seeks to exalt ourselves. This is a residue […]

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

COUNTING OUR BLESSINGS

Lk 6:12-19

 

Sometimes I wonder how I would have gone as one of the apostles. I wonder, given the circumstances of actually meeting Jesus in the flesh, whether or not I would have had the courage to follow him in the first place, let alone becoming a martyr for my faith after he had ascended into heaven. These wonderings may be a bit of a waste of time but they have led me to a deeper response to Jesus in that I have come to be convinced that unless we make a radical choice for God and act upon it, we will get caught up in the midst of the world and all of its values and agendas and become insipid or virtually useless as a witness to the Gospel! This may sound a bit of a harsh call to you, but I still think it is true nonetheless. Let me try to explain myself.

 

In reflecting upon the lives of the saints I have come to realize that they lived radical lives. Yes, they were ordinary people like you and me, but they made choices that led to their living lives quite out of the ordinary! What made them do this? […]

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

ARE YOU AFRAID OF DEATH?

Lk 13:31-35

 

The above question confronts us with the mortality of our existence. It asks us to reflect upon the truth that we will all die at some time or another – be it slow or be it fast it is death that comes at last! From a purely human or mortal point of view it would seem then, that death has the final say! However, we as Christians know that this is not the case because Jesus has risen from the dead and has conquered the grave. In the light of this revelation Christians need no longer fear death. Death becomes in reality the final ‘checkpoint’ that has to be passed before moving on to eternal life, that is of course, as long as you have lived a life in accordance with Christian principles.

 

Jesus is not afraid of Herod and what he might do in response to his preaching the Gospel. Jesus knows that he is doing what his father wants him to do and thus he believes and trusts that whatever happens, the Father has all things in hand. Herein lies the difficulty for us because often this ‘having things in hand’ does not always correspond to what we […]

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

GOD IS A GOD OF ORDER NOT CHAOS

Eph 6:1-9

 

There is a tendency within our cultures today that is ultimately a result of the philosophy of individualism running out of control, whereby people, especially the young, seem to thing that any sort of authority or control as exercised over them is wrong or unneeded. This is simply untrue! There is a natural order of control or authority that is absolutely necessary for the good-functioning of our human communities. Without order and authority there would be chaos, and believe me, amoral or even immoral chaos is not something any of us wants!

 

In the First Reading today Paul places before the reader some (this is not an exhaustive list of relationships) examples of authority within his era’s communities. He tries to situate the relationships of authority within our understanding of obedience to Christ and also such that these relationships will be understood to be circumscribed by love. Thus there are demands for both obedience and love within Paul’s understanding – demands designed to protect the human dignity of all involved.

 

It is healthy for us to regularly reflect upon the relationships we have with others, family, friends, employees and employers etc in order to discern whether or not we are living […]

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

A mutual submission of one to the other in marriage

Eph 5:21-33

Today’s Scripture reminds husbands and wives that there is a mutual submission of one to the other in marriage. It is not a one-way street so to speak with one person in control all of the time. The most successful marriages that I have seen are those that have an understanding and practice of mutual submission in all aspects of the marriage.

 

Lord Jesus, I pray that you strengthen all marriages by your grace so that this wonderful Sacrament will be a light and beacon to the world of the way in which you love the Church, your bride. Help husbands and wives to be able to love one another in the way that you love your body the Church.

By |October 25th, 2016|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

Facing the truth

When the truth of our ugliness meets the compassion of God we find that our sin disappears. Fr Dave Callaghan MGL speaks about the call to stand in truth before God in this homily for the 30th Sunday in ordinary time.

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