GIVING AN ACCOUNT OF OUR FAITH 1 Pet 3:15-18

 

This text from the First Letter of St Peter, a text that is most often regarded as a baptismal homily or instruction, is one that we should reflect upon often in terms of our commitment to mission. St Peter tells us that proclaiming the Gospel is not an option for a Christian. Of course we can choose to refuse to share our faith with anyone but then not only would our faith be untrue to itself, it would also die! St Peter reminds us here to always be ready to share what we have received with anyone who asks about it.

 

I even think that it is a good idea for us to have a few short testimonials prepared that we can easily draw upon when the right situation arises. It can never hurt to be ready with a short personal testimony or simple Gospel presentation that can be shared in two or three minutes. Peter suggests that at least part of our motivation for doing this will comes from reverencing the Lord Jesus in our hearts. In other words, if we truly treasure the gift of faith and salvation we have received, then we will be well on the way […]

By |May 21st, 2017|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

…HE HAS NO POWER OVER ME Jn 14:27-31a

 

The title of this reflection is critical to the life of disciple of Jesus. Jesus tells us that ‘the ruler of this world’ is coming – that is Satan is alive and kicking so to speak. However, the important thing about all of this is not that Satan is still alive but that he has no power over Jesus, and because of his generosity with us, us as well. Do you believe this, or not? If not, then you are going to find it virtually impossible to grow as a disciple of Jesus; if yes, then the possibilities are endless.

 

Jesus is aware, even before he has endured his passion, death and resurrection, that he is going to be victorious. He is telling his disciples, and that includes anyone who chooses to follow him, that they will share in his vicory too. Why? So that we will all be able to return to the Father. Sin has separated us from our Father in Heaven – Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden for eating fruit from the tree of Good and Evil; Jesus has come to dwell with us in order to reunite us with his Father. […]

By |May 16th, 2017|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

TO WHOM ELSE CAN WE TURN? Jn 14:1-6

Earlier on in John’s Gospel Jesus has turned to the disciples and asked them if they want to leave him as there are many deciding to give up the life of discipleship because it is too hard. In today’s Gospel we hear the expanded reason why Peter tells Jesus that they do not want leave. In Chapter six the reason given is that there is no one else to whom to turn and follow. Here we find this expressed in more positive ways in terms of Jesus being the Way, the Truth and the Life. What does this – nay, what should this mean to us?

 

There is no simple answer that fits every person. Each of us must discover for ourselves how it is that Jesus is our Way, our Truth and our Life. We cannot allow our faith to rest on the shoulders of others alone. We must personalize it for our own needs and requirements. Each of us is an individual person, unique in the eyes of both God and the world. We all have our talents and we all have our needs. Jesus can meet these needs and develop our talents only if we know him […]

By |May 12th, 2017|Daily Scripture|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

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

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 Feast 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, 2015|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 realize 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, 2015|Daily Scripture|0 Comments
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Check mate in three moves

Anyone learning how to play chess for the first time will quickly learn that you can lose really quickly. If you are not on your guard, the opponent can get you into ‘check-mate’ in three moves, and then the game will be all over. However, the thing to learn is that it is always the same three moves. Once you are aware of this, you will never fall for the trick ever again.

The same thing happens in the spiritual life. The scriptures constantly tell us to be on our gurd against the attack of the enemy. However, it is important to realise that most of the time, the enemy only has to use three moves to defeat us. The three deadly thoughts that will be suggested are:

1) You are not strong enough (or you are not good enough) to follow this calling

2) You are a hypocrite (or you will be one once you try to live a life of virtue)

3)You are going to fail anyway, so there is no point trying

These are the most common temptations you will face when you try to advance in the spiritual life, but if you are on your guard, you can defeat them easily.

By |July 17th, 2015|The Call|0 Comments

Visitation: BEING CHRIST TO OTHERS Lk 1:39-56

As we reflect upon the visitation of Elizabeth by Mary it is good for us to ask ourselves whether or not we practice the discipline of visiting those around us who are in need. Even though they can be living a city of millions of people, there are often people who are terribly lonely. There are also those who have been confined in a hospital for reasons of sickness and those who are in jail for breaking the law. There is never going to be a shortage of people who need to be visited by kindhearted people who will set the time aside to carry out this Christian duty.

It is not just a matter of caring for our friends and relatives in these situations. Jesus is quite clear that we have a responsibility to make ourselves available to ‘any of the least of His brethren’ (Mt 25) and visit them in their time of need. I am sure that none of us would enjoy the enforced solitude of a lack of visitors in a time of confinement. Jesus affirms that we visit Him when we visit our neighbor in need. Not only do we visit Jesus in the other person, […]

By |May 31st, 2015|Daily Scripture|0 Comments
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What would heaven look like?

‘Heaven is a wonderful place where you are reunited with all of your family and friends, and the best people are there, and you live in endless pleasure and get to fly like a bird and you get to….’

We have all heard people explain heaven in these terms before. It is always interesting that in these descriptions God seems to be absent. Which is understandable seeing that most people think that God is boring, so why ruin paradise by inviting the boring guy to the party?

We need to remind ourselves that God is heaven. Imagine if you can, all of the love that you have ever experienced in your life. All of the care, compassion, friendship, romance – try to imagine all of this love combined into a big ball of love. Then multiply this by all of the people who have ever lived on earth (some would suggest around 130 billion people) and try to imagine how big this combined love-ball would be. If you placed all of this love on one person at one time, what would happen? We simply would not be able to survive the ecstasy that this experience would bring about.

If God is love (1 Jn […]

By |May 14th, 2015|The Call|0 Comments