…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

ARE WE REALLY TEACHABLE? Jn 14:21-26

One of the roles of the holy Spirit is that he will teach us all we need to know about the spiritual life. This task will be impossible unless we are teachable, that is, we need to embrace the virtue of humility and be ready and willing to learn about the new way of life we have embraced as disciples of Jesus. It takes a lot of humility to remain teachable throughout our lives because the danger is that after a few years of walking in the ways of Jesus we begin to think that we know all that we need to know and so become less and less teachable.

 

The question we have to ask ourselves is whether or not we want to embrace the fullness of the grace that God has for us. This is the big question. We may think we have reached that fullness already but the reality is that we never reach the fullness of the graces of God in this life – maybe some of the true mystics of the Church come close but even they will be the first to admit that God is much bigger and grander than they have experienced. We need […]

By |May 15th, 2017|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

BEING DEVOTED TO PRAYER Acts 6:1-6

Any leader in the Church from the Pope down to the leader of the smallest prayer group in the world ought to have meditated long and hard on the text we have for the First Reading today. Why do I say this? It is very simple. The apostles were finding that there time was being consumed by administrative functions that while essential, did not really have to be done by them. So they raised up deacons to help them accomplish such tasks. But this was not just about getting the jobs done, in fact, the primary reasoning behind the raising up of the deacons was so that the apostles could DEVOTE themselves to prayer and the preaching of the Gospel. What does it mean to devote one’s self to something? I am glad you asked that question! To devote one’s self to something means to give it your fullest and undivided attention. I think every leader in the Church, including myself should ask him or her self, “Am I fully devoted to a life of prayer and proclaiming the Gospel?” And if not, as I think the case will be, what are you going to do about changing the priorities […]

By |May 14th, 2017|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

YOU WILL DO GREATER WORKS THAN ME Jn 14:7-14

Do you believe that the title of this reflection is true? I hope so as it is! Does this mean that we are gretaer than Jesus? Of course not! What it means is that Jesus, in his absolute generosity to us, has made available to us the power that he used to perform the miracles in his ministry here on earth. How do we gain access to this power and grace?

 

Unfortunately the cost is great and very few men or women are willing to pay it, namely, the cost is our lives! The cost is a life of discipleship – surrender to the will of God and choosing his will over our own or that of the world around us. The choice to respond to the call of discipleship is the most fundamental choice we make in our spiritual lives. It is from this basis that everything else flows. We have to know if we are willing to pay the price of discipleship because if we say we are then God will eventually put our resolve to the test.

 

It is good to reflect upon the lives of the martyrs in this regard as they make the supreme sacrifice of their […]

By |May 13th, 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

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

Week 24 LOVE NEVER GIVES UP Lk 15:1-32

Today’s Gospel invites us to reflect upon three parables all with much the same message, the parable of the lost sheep and the shepherding leaving the 99 to go and find the one that is lost; the woman who searches everywhere for her lost coin; and the famous parable of the prodigal son. What can we draw from these three parables?

There are many lessons to be learnt, however we will focus upon just one point in this reflection. One of the greatest things about true love is that it never gives up seeking the bet for the other person. Even though the father of the prodigal son knows that his son has just wasted his inheritance on a life of debauchery, he does not love him any less and he seeks to restore him to the his rightful place as his son once again. Both the shepherd and the woman give all their efforts to finding their lost sheep and coin respectively. This is what true love is all about!

Love never seeks to harm another person. Yes, sometimes it may be necessary to hurt someone a little in order to teach them a lesson, but this sort of hurt or […]

By |September 11th, 2016|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

LIGHT AND DARKNESS Lk. 4.31-37

For those early risers out there you would appreciate the morning- it’s a wonderful part of the day when dawn is breaking forth and the first rays of the sun catch the tall trees glistening after the night moisture. If ever I am up at that time I do appreciate these times of glory of God. We all know the power of the sun to illumine the day, the soft light of the moon at night. Scripture is flooded with these two images of darkness and light.
The light overshadows the darkness and that is precisely what happens when Jesus the Son of God is in town! Even the demons shudder as they are exposed to the brilliant light of the Son. They scream and call out, knowing that their reign of darkness has been conquered in the light of Jesus’ coming. Jesus speaks in the power of light and acts in the light. All that comes to him is exposed by the light of day.
The image of darkness and light is also within. Anyone who sins lives in the darkness. Anyone who seeks to follow the teachings of Jesus in obedience and faith will always have the light of life. […]

By |August 30th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

HUMBLE THYSELF! LK 14 1, 7-14

One of my fondest memories is that of having Christmas lunch with the brothers in Australia. It was a tradition within our community that we open our home to those who were less fortunate and to share Christmas with us. It was a very joyful occasion and full with food, laughter and celebration. There were many characters that we would invite, those whom you would rather pass by in the street. But it was these simple and humble folk that made it all the more joyous feast that it was. At the end of our celebration they would be fighting over the food to bring home. So much for kindness and sharing and humility!
Jesus teaches us today how we are to act at table when we are invited to a party. To take the lowest place, to sit and eat with the less fortunate. He teaches us the way of hospitality – which a common theme flowing through the Gospel of Luke.
Jesus also teaches us about the grace of humility which seems to have vanished into thin air these days! St Francis of Assisi taught that humility is knowing who God is and knowing who I am. Humility is not […]

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