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WEEKLY REFLECTIONS & PRAYERS

 

SUNDAY MAY 26, 2019

In today’s gospel, Jesus is speaking about his return to the father. In doing so, he also promises the sending of the Holy Spirit, the advocate, the spirit of the father and the son. This gospel according to John contains both the announcement of the Ascension and the Pentecost. Two great acts of love. Jesus returns to the father to reclaim the glory that belonged to him from the foundation of the world and which he sacrificed for love of me and you .He returns to intercede for us at the right hand of the father. At the same time he promises to send us the Holy Spirit to be with us always until the end of time. It is cause for such great gladness that God loves us so unsparingly and has prepared for us an eternal inheritance. The second reading of today likens that inheritance to a city the gleams with the splendor of God. And the Acts of the Apostles is about a community of believers with a desperate longing for that city .Lord Jesus Christ, grant us the perseverance to strive for this eternal inheritance with you in heaven where you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, One God forever and ever, Amen.

Sunday May 19, 2019

The disciples have turned their challenges into opportunities. Turned away from the synagogue they resort to open fields and the street corners. Rejected in one city they move to another as they to continue to spread the good news. Relentless is the word that describes their attitude. This is in keeping with their master who turned the cross, a thing of shame, into a means of glory. In both cases, what was meant as a stumbling block becomes a stepping stone. As Christians we are called to live in like manner facing adversity with courage and making lemonades out of lemons. As we face this new week, it is not unlikely that we may encounter difficult challenges that may test our faith. May we never lose sight of his promise: My grace is enough for you and my power is made manifest in weakness 2 Corinthians 12:9.

 

Sunday May 12, 2019

Today’s Alleluia verse drawn from the gospel of John shows a very strong and clearly affirmative statement from Jesus: ’I am the good shepherd’. Further in the same gospel of John chapter ten, John enumerates the attributes of the good shepherd as follows: The good shepherd knows his sheep, the sheep hears his voice and follows him. He gives eternal life to his sheep and they shall not perish. The above speak of a most loving relationship, unparalleled care and relentless dedication to the well-being of the sheep by the shepherd.


Although in an imperfect way, a mother’s love is the only love that approximates to the love being described here. A mother’s love is sincere, patient, kind, sacrificial and relentless.


All of these come to mind today as we celebrate Mother’s Day. We celebrate the devotion of all mother’s in our parish and around the world to the well-being of their families and those they love. We celebrate their tireless sacrifices and endless care. We celebrate their daily toiling even if unappreciated to fulfill their God given role as mother’s. We celebrate the wounds that love has inflicted upon their hearts and the injuries that they bear each day. We celebrate their tears, their joys and their sorrows. We celebrate their grace and beauty that radiates even through the roughest times and gruesome challenges. Best of all we celebrate one of the greatest gifts with which God has blessed humankind. Our world is such a beautiful place thanks to the gift of mothers. To all the mothers here and around the world, May your light never dim and may your glory never fade.


Happy Mother’s Day1

 

Sunday May 5, 2019

The resurrection of Jesus was so powerful in its immediate effect. It assured the disciples of his divinity putting to rest every previous doubts that they may have had. But it also emboldened them to embrace the good news to preach it and to bear witness to it ready to give their lives for it. The many appearances of the risen Lord did more than reassure them of his abiding presence. And now they would thread where they once dreaded and face those they once feared. It definitely caused a radical change to take place in their lives enabling them to realize more than ever before that the Lamb that was slain is worth of adoration, worthy of honor and worthy of offering their very lives to his glory. What did the experience of the past 40 weeks do for you? What impact did his humble service as he washed the feet of his disciples have in your life? What about his last words on the cross? Did they just result in a moment of fleeting emotion that was forgotten as easily as it came. Did the kissing of his cross, the greatest symbol of his love, make you a different person? Ready to sacrifice, open to generosity, more prone to kindness, drawn to compassion and committed to love. These are the hoped for effects of his suffering, death and resurrection. Oh God of love, enkindle in us the desire to love you and to serve you above all else, Amen.

 
 

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