THE POWER OF FAITH Mk. 5:21-43

It will always be somewhat a mystery why some people are healed and others are not. The Gospels do not give us an answer to this problem. All we can do is present ourselves to Jesus with our requests and hope and pray that He will answer them in the way that we desire. If He does not, then we need to trust that He knows what is best for us and accept His will humbly.

 

The two healings in the today’s Gospel focus upon one of the essential aspects of the healing power of God. The woman who has he bleeding stopped by touching the cloak of Jesus is utterly desperate. She has tried everything else but to no avail. Now she comes to Jesus believing that all she has to do is touch His cloak and that will be enough to heal her. The desperate and believing nature of her faith is a challenge to our half-heartedness when we ask for healing.

 

Faith is also the key to the healing of the official’s daughter. Note that Jesus says to the official, “Do not be afraid; only have faith.” when people arrive to tell him that his daughter is dead. Jesus […]

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BLESSINGS ARE FOR SHARING Mk. 5:1-20

There is a saying that says something like, “When you are on to a good thing, stick to it.” This is true, but when it comes to the Gospel, another dynamic also comes into play. This dynamic is inherent in the nature of the Gospel, namely, that it must be shared with others. The man who has been freed of all the devils wants to stay with Jesus for obvious reasons, however, Jesus wants him to go and share his blessings with his family and others in order that they too might hear the Good News and come to be His followers. A similar situation can be discerned with Mary Magdalene when she meets with Jesus after the resurrection (Jn 20:17) when Jesus tells her not to cling to Him but to go and tell the others that He has risen from the dead.

 

There is a tendency within us when we experience consolation in our spiritual lives to try to cling to the experience and make it last longer. This is wrong as the Jesus and not the experience must be our focus. The challenge for all of us is translate our experience into actions that will build up the […]

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God of the weak

God reveals himself as the one who cares for the weak. In this homily for the 4th Sunday in ordinary time, Fr Baiju Thomas MGL speaks about his own experience of discovering God in the midst of his weakness.

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God of the weak

God reveals himself as the one who cares for the weak. In this homily for the 4th Sunday in ordinary time, Fr Baiju Thomas MGL speaks about his own experience of discovering God in the midst of his weakness.

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THE FAITH OF ABRAHAM Heb. 11:1-2,8-19

The more I reflect upon the nature of Abraham’s faith the more remarkable it seems to be! God has promised Abraham that his descendants will number as many as the stars of heaven and yet Abraham is willing to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, to the Lord! This willingness on the part of Abraham demonstrates an almost blind belief in the Word of God! It does not seem to matter to Abraham that such an act would seemingly leave him without descendants. Abraham knows that God knows what He is doing and so is willingly obedient to God’s call to sacrifice his only son.

 

It is somewhat ironic that the sacrifice of Isaac does not go ahead, whereas, about 4000 years later, God Himself will sacrifice His Son Jesus, in order that our sins might be forgiven. The faith of Jesus is this time evident in that He trust His Father’s will so completely that He knows that He will be vindicated in the end. And He is when God raises Him from the dead.

 

Just as Jesus’ faith and trust in His Father is somewhat responsible for His resurrection, perhaps we can also say that the faith of Abraham contributes to […]

By |January 28th, 2017|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

THE LONE RANGER Heb 10:32-39

I think that most of us are aware of the old TV figure called, ‘The Lone Ranger.’ Every story line of the series is basically the same! There is a problem somewhere out in the Wild West of America; the problem comes to the notice of the Lone Ranger and he rides into town to shoot up the bad guys and protect the innocent. As his name suggests he basically works on his own and relies upon his own abilities to get the job done. He does have an off-sider, Tonto, but his main job seems to be as a punching bag for the bad guys!

 

The style of the Lone Ranger will not work for the Christian. It is impossible for any of us on our own to maintain a Christian lifestyle. Each of us needs not only the Holy Spirit but the support of fellow Christians as well. This is the nature of the Christian life. We are not designed to be Lone Ranger types riding into the spiritual battle on our own and coming out the victor all the time. We need to work as a team, better still, as a community of men and women committed to […]

By |January 27th, 2017|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

THE HEART OF THE GOSPEL Acts 22:3-16

The life of St Paul is a great source of inspiration for me. I enjoy reflecting upon the passion that is so evident in his life. When Paul believes in something then he does not fail to take every opportunity to share that conviction with others. We would do well to draw inspiration from his desire to evangelize in our own attempts to remain faithful to this fundamental element of the Church’s existence.

 

Paul was a committed and zealous Jew. He believed in his faith and was ready to do anything to defend it and to further promote its growth. Yet this almost fanaticism must have been tempered by a submission of heart to the work of God that ultimately ended up in his conversion to Christianity! Perhaps we can say that it is an honest form of fanaticism for the work of God that ultimately allowed the Holy Spirit the small opening that He needed to awaken within Paul the full truth of the revelation of who God is and what God was asking of him in his life.

 

It is rare to see such a dramatic conversion experience in the life of such a public person. This indicates a certain […]

By |January 25th, 2017|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

THE KEY IS OBEDIENCE Heb 10:1-10

As a priest I am often asked what is the most important aspect of the spiritual life. It is a question that does not really have a single answer. However, a very big part of growing in holiness is learning to be obedient to the will of God. As always, good habits and disciplines in the spiritual life begin with learning them in the physical life first. Obedience to the will of God is learnt primarily through learning to be obedient as a child – to our parents, elders etc. This does not mean that it is wrong to question what ‘authority figures’ in our lives ask us to do. However, the way of questioning will indicate whether or not we have a disposition for obedience or rebelliousness.

 

We normally develop a disposition for obedience early in life or not at all! It seems that it is very difficult to change a rebellious temperament once it has established itself in our lives. It is not impossible, but it requires a lot of work and discipline to change it.

 

The power of obedience can be seen in the effectiveness of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. It is His ‘sacrifice of obedience’ that undoes […]

By |January 24th, 2017|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

Follow Him

There are so many Christians who know about Jesus but have never really encountered him. Fr Ken Barker MGL speaks about the call to encounter the Christ in this homily for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary time. This homily was recorded at St Benedict’s Mission Centre in Canberra.

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Follow Him

There are so many Christians who know about Jesus but have never really encountered him. Fr Ken Barker MGL speaks about the call to encounter the Christ in this homily for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary time. This homily was recorded at St Benedict’s Mission Centre in Canberra.

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