Visitation MARY IS OUR MODEL FOR FAITH Lk 1:39-56

 

Elizabeth recognises that Mary carries within her a child that is very special. Admittedly, seeing that the child is the Son of God, it is a completely unique situation, so perhaps we might even expect her to be able to sense something. I like to think that what Elizabeth sensed of Mary, namely that she was carrying within her womb the Christ child, should be true of us all. That is, when we come into the presence of others our faith in God should be so great that it is tangible to them in some sort of fashion.

 

I know this sounds as though I am putting a lot of pressure on Christians to manifest their faith without speaking a word, but it should be possible. People ought to be able to discern that we are men and women of faith even before we have told them that we are such. The way we live our lives – the compassion with which we relate to others, the charity we share with those in need, the time we spend with the lost and lonely and many other works of mercy and love, ought to reveal to anyone who knows us or […]

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Preparing for the Spirit

At the Ascension, Jesus promises to give us the gift of his Spirit. Fr Dave Callaghan MGl speaks about the need to prepare ourselves for this great gift in this homily for the Feats of the Ascension. Download this episode (right click and save) The po...
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Preparing for the Spirit

At the Ascension, Jesus promises to give us the gift of his Spirit. Fr Dave Callaghan MGl speaks about the need to prepare ourselves for this great gift in this homily for the Feats of the Ascension.

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THE FATHER WILL GIVE US ALL THAT WE NEED Jn 16:20-23

The promise of Jesus at the end of today’s Gospel Reading is not a blank cheque for anything that we might happen to desire.There is a context in which the promise is made that clearly indicates to us that the person asking blessings of the Father is a disciple whose aim is to proclaim the Kingdom of God. This effectively limits the promise to those things that we need for our faith walk with Jesus.

 

That’s a bit of a pity, I hear you comment under your breath. Well, yes and no. It is ridiculous to think that God is going to give everyone everything they want without any basis for it. It makes a lot of sense that he would give all that is needed for the proclamation of the Gospel as that is his stated aim all through the Scriptures and at the heart of every revelation through the lives of the saints since. I think what Jesus is really saying is that those who seek to serve the Kingdom will not find God wanting in providing the means to do exactly that.

 

The saints know that this is true – it is one of the secrets of their […]

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THINGS ARE NOT ALWAYS AS THEY SEEM Jn 16:16-20

In one of the psalms we read that crying may endure through the night but joy comes with the morning. This is often so true of discipleship. Jesus tells his disciples that it will look as though the powers of the world have triumphed and that they, his disciples, have lost, however that is not the case. Things are not always as they first seem to be, as there sorrow will ultimately be turned to joy!

 

Jesus is referring at least in the first instance to his own passion, death and then resurrection. The first two aspects of which reflect defeat and the the third final victory. The first two are overcome by the third! This is also often the pattern of discipleship. There are many false starts and dead ends in the life of a disciple of Jesus as we learn how to listen to God’s will and then put it into action. There are times when we make mistakes and have to turn back to find the right path again, but in the end, if we keep faith with the work of the Holy Spirit in and through us, we triumph. This is God’s work in us.

 

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GIVING GLORY TO GOD IN OUR LIVES Jn 16:12-15

The importance of embracing the truth in our lives becomes evident when we understand that our lives are supposed to give glory to God. There is nothing more integral to the glory of God than the beauty of truth. As we reflected yesterday, we live in a world trying to sideline the importance of truth. We do this to our own peril and the peril of the society in which we live! If we want a just society then it must be built on the truth or not at all.

 

When convenience and personal preference are the primary guides to decision making, we are in a lot of trouble. When expediency and pragmatism are the foundations of our moral reasoning we are also in trouble. Yes, they play a part, but only in so far as they are in the service of truth. Truth is the bedrock upon which society must build its norms and practices. The Roman Empire collapsed because its society had degenerated to the point of virtually becoming amoral in its approach to many things. Western society today is quickly approaching the same level of amorality in its approach to many issues surrounding human reproductive practices. There is […]

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BEING CONVINCED OF SIN IN OUR LIVES Jn 16:5-11

Do you want to be convinced of the sin in your lives? I hope so! This is one of the roles of the Holy Spirit in the life of a Christian. We live in a day and age of denial and the primary denial that is taking place concerns the nature of te human person. Many academics are denying that there is anything fundamental to the structure or the psyche of the human person such that there might be demands made upon the actions of the individual. They might not say it in the words that I have just used but what I have just expressed is the fundamental basis of the relativistic scepticism that permeated much of today’s society. There are no absolute truths is the catchcry of this trend; what is true for me may not be necessarily true for you. This may be the case but there must be some truths regarding the human person or there is no basis for morality or any sort of ordered society.

 

Access to abortion is one of the key issues. Abortion in its most basic description is the killing of an innocent, unborn child. Proponents of abortion on demand will use […]

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Stirring up the Spirit

We all received the Holy Spirit at Baptism, but we need to pray that God would stir it up again in our hearts. Fr Ken Barker MGL speaks about the power fo the Spirit in our lives in this homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter.

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Stirring up the Spirit

We all received the Holy Spirit at Baptism, but we need to pray that God would stir it up again in our hearts. Fr Ken Barker MGL speaks about the power fo the Spirit in our lives in this homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter. Download this episode (righ...
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THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP Jn 15:26 – 16:4a

A German Lutheran Pastor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, wrote a book called “The Cost of Discipleship,” sometime before World War II. He was an outspoken critic of the Nazi regime during the 30s and 40s and was arrested and put in a concentration camp where he died about two days before the liberation of that camp by the allied armies in 1945. The book is a classic, and deservedly so, in its description of the cost of choosing the life of being a disciple of Jesus. And what makes it more so is that the author himself lived it out to the full in his life.

 

If we are ever afraid to speak the truth in love we have to ask ourselves why, and if it is simple that there might be a cost involved, whether to our reputation or even our life, we must pray for the grace to disregard the cost and speak the truth in love because that is what both love and the truth and being a disciple of Jesus demand of us. There can be no justice and no true love where truth does not abound; there is no true discipleship of Jesus and the Gospel where truth […]

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