WHY INVOKE THE IMAGE OF JONAH? Mt 12:38-42

 

Most scholars agree that there is at least an element of the apocryphal in the story of Jonah and the whale – is it really possible for a whale to consume a person and then spew them out on the shore at a later date? Well, regardless of the veracity of this story, Jesus uses it to make a point during his ministry and the point is precisely to emphasise that no matter how fantastic the story of Jonah and the whale is, even more amazing is the reality the people are experiencing in the in-breaking of the Kingdom of God into their lives through the miracles and preaching of Jesus.

The wisdom of Solomon is not apocryphal and it drew visits from royalty coming from east and west. The wisdom of God is being manifest in the words of Jesus in a way that is far greater than through Solomon. Fort example, Jesus actually speaks the forgiveness of sins of those who repent. The forgiveness of sins is part of the wisdom of God for our salvation. Yes, I say wisdom, because only through the reasoning of God could anyone have arrived at the plan of salvation that Jesus implements. […]

By |July 18th, 2016|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

Pentecost THE FULLNESS OF THE SPIRIT Jn 16:12-15

I do not think there are many of us, if any at all, who would not accept the fullness of the Spirit if it were offered to us. Do you agree with this? Well, the truth is that we have all been given, not just offered the fullness of the Spirit at our Baptism. When we are baptized we potentially enter into the fullness of the Spirit. The way we access the fullness of the Spirit is through faith. Each of us must make a choice concerning the way we live our lives – whether for Jesus or against him. If it is the former then the Spirit is there for us to draw upon as we seek to live the life of a disciple.

It is good for us to reflect upon the experience of the apostles as it is here that we can see the stark contrast between life with and life without the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit the apostles are a bunch of scared men who are not even willing to venture outside the room they are in – in fact they are so scared of the Jews that they have even locked the doors! Once […]

By |May 24th, 2015|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

THE ULTIMATE GOAL IS UNITY Jn 17:20-26

John presents us with one of the priestly prayers of Jesus and in it one of the things that Jesus prays for is the unity of the Church. Unity should be one of the strongest witnessing points of the Church but the reality is that the Church is divided between, Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant and numerous other groups that have split from the mainline Churches at one time or another in history. Some people seem to regard splits as essential and even good for the health of the Church. I think they are a disaster and certainly not willed by God! People will defend the splits by saying the original was not being faithful to the Gospel or for one reason or another. However, if we read today’s Gospel and honestly reflect upon it, I think we can see that Jesus does not support the division of the Body of Christ into different parts here and there at all!

The heart of Jesus is a heart that desires unity. What is the nature of the Gospel if it is not a call for us to reunite with God after a life of sin and thus become one with him? The very heart […]

By |May 21st, 2015|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE! Mk 8:1-10

Whenever I am called to reflect or preach upon the multiplication of the food miracles in the Gospels I am tempted to believe that they are mere fabrications designed to awe people of the ministry of Jesus. Then I remember a situation where I personally experienced multiplication of food and I am forced to reconsider! One time I was helping in the kitchen at a youth camp and one of the other helpers, a cook and owner of a restaurant assured me that we were going to be somewhere in the region of about 30 plates worth of food short! When you are speaking of about 120 people that is a large percentage of the people! We were lacking food largely because of the arrival of unexpected groups of people. The woman in charge of the kitchen was a woman of faith and she assured us that God would look after the food situation. She warned us not to skimp on the servings when we were distributing the food and also refused to pre-serve the food so that we would be able to see if we had enough and work out a contingency plan! She asked everyone to line up […]

By |February 14th, 2015|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

Youth Ministry after Evangelii Gaudium

I’ve just come back from Adelaide and the Australian Catholic Youth Ministry Convention. It was a great weekend! This workshop looks at Pope Francis’s exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (EG) and ‘marries’ three key concepts from the exhortation with some key research from Dr Christian Smith of Notre Dame University Indiana which he presents in his 2014 book Young […]
By |October 8th, 2014|chris ryan|Comments Off on Youth Ministry after Evangelii Gaudium

What is Jesus asking you to do?

This is my talk at the Australian Gathering at World Youth Day in Rio. It’s about vocation: how Jesus is calling each of us to make disciples.
By |August 7th, 2013|chris ryan|Comments Off on What is Jesus asking you to do?