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A Reflection for Palm Sunday

WE ARE ALL FAMILIAR WITH THE PASSAGE of the Passion Narrative in St. Mathew鈥檚 Gospel in which Jesus is brought before Pilate by the chief priests and elders to condemn Him to death. Pilate is convinced of his innocence but weak in his resolve to free him. He washes his hands and declares 鈥淚 am innocent of this man鈥檚 blood. It is your concern! The rabble respond 鈥淗is blood be upon us and upon our children.鈥
Think deeply for a moment—–鈥楯esus loves us and washes away our sins in his own blood.鈥 He poured out the very last drop of his precious blood Just to save you and me. That is the reality; his blood is upon us and our children. We are bathed in this blood particularly at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and in the Sacrament of Penance as St Catherine of Siena is so fond of telling us. The saintly Sr Mary Jane, of our community, always said when asked to pray for anyone, 鈥淚 will go directly to the Chapel and pour the Precious Blood over her or him鈥, she realised the treasure she had and used it for the salvation of others.

In a reading on the feast of St Agatha, virgin and martyr, we are told that Agatha kept continually in her thoughts the death of her eager lover, Jesus and bore it in her heart as if he had only just been drenched in his own blood.
As we enter with the whole Church into this most solemn of weeks we can accompany our eager Lover on his journey through death to resurrection. Eager in his love for suffering and death? Can that really be true? Listen to St […]

Novena to St Dominic – Day 2: The paradox of the Cross

鈥淔or everything there is a season,

and a time for every matter under heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; 鈥

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; 鈥

A time to mourn, and a time to dance; 鈥

A time to love, and a time to hate 鈥︹ 聽(Ecclesiastes, cf 3:1-9)

 

There is never, however, a time to despair,

and no matter how challenging or God-less the time in which we find ourselves seems to be,

we are called at all times to be creatures of hope.

St Dominic鈥檚 time was not more desperate than ours, yet more than anything it could be said of him that he was a man of hope because of his amazing confidence in God and of his reverence for the length to which Christ went, in order to save us.

The paradox of the Cross:

A place of failure and of triumph;

A place of horror and also of indescribable love.

Pope St John Paul II frequently spoke and wrote of JESUS as the answer to all the questions man seeks an answer to, in order the better to know and understand himself and how to be human.

We could say that the shape of all the answers we seek, is the shape of the Cross.聽 鈥 鈥 鈥 Difficult to gaze upon, and difficult to understand, and extremely difficult to reconcile with love 鈥 especially with divine love.聽 It is, nevertheless, the shape of all the answers we seek, and St Dominic knew and understood this so well, from the many hours he spent contemplating it. For the Cross is, among other things, also the shape of wisdom, which, when we put it on, becomes the shape of the freedom which is so […]

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    Reflections on St Dominic (8) – The Transfiguration and the Cross

Reflections on St Dominic (8) – The Transfiguration and the Cross

In the various Gospel accounts of the Transfiguration we read, 鈥楢s he prayed the aspect of Jesus face changed鈥. Then again, 鈥業n their presence he was transfigured, his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as light鈥 and yet again 鈥楾he desciples saw his glory鈥. The Magnificat magazine gives the following introduction to the mass for this Feast. It saysChrist鈥檚 tabor radiance is a kind of mirror in which we glimpse the glory that God wills to give his friends. The resplendence of the Transfiguration reveals the fullness of life destined to be ours. The transfiguration invites us to configuration. As we peer into the glory that pours from every pore of the transfigured Christ, we cast off everything unworthy of our personal relationship with the infinite, and we take on the luster of the Son of God. Jesus gazes back at us with a luminous look of love that makes us desire to live his transparent beauty- to be luminaries. Silently from Tabor鈥檚 splendor the savior begs 鈥淏ecome what you behold.鈥滻n Dominic we see someone who wholeheartedly responded to this invitation of Jesus. We read in the Libellis, 鈥渇ar more impressive and splendid than all Dominic鈥檚 miracles were the exceptional integrity of his character and the extraordinary energy of divine zeal which carried him along. These proved beyond doubt that he was a vessel of honour and grace. His face was always radiant with a cheerfulness which bore witness to the good conscience he bore within him. By his cheerfulness he easily won the love of everybody. Without difficulty he found his way into people鈥檚 hearts as soon as they saw him.鈥 One could easily imagine people in Dominic鈥檚 […]

Second Sunday of Lent 鈥 2015

 All the runners at the stadium are trying to win, but only one of them gets the prize.  You must run in the same way, meaning to win.  All the fighters at the games go into strict training; they do this just to win a wreath that will wither away, but we do it for a wreath that will never wither.  (1 Cor.9:24-25).  Beginning with this passage from St. Paulwhere in effect he tells us that in the Christian contest we are all called to be winners not of an earthly but a heavenly wreath, I would like to reflect on the great hope for living our Christian life. which the mystery of the Transfiguration of our Lord, gives us.In his commentary on last Sunday鈥檚 gospel where Jesus was tempted by Satan in the desert, St. Augustine says 鈥渄o you notice that Christ has been tempted and fail to notice that he overcame the temptation?  Recognise your own self tempted in him and conquering also in him鈥.  In today鈥檚 Gospel something similar is happening.  Notice where the Transfiguration is placed in all three synoptic Gospels 鈥 Matthew, Mark and Luke.  It comes between the first and second prediction of the Passion and of Peter鈥檚 Profession of faith in Jesus as Messiah, and in Matthew, as Son of the living God.This is very significant.  It demonstrates that the Transfigured Christ, that is Jesus risen and glorified, is at the centre of the Cross i.e. of every form of suffering and of death itself; and secondly, that it is the crucified and risen Jesus that gives suffering and death its meaning as we sang at Lauds this morning 鈥 鈥淛esus Christ, our Lord, brought an end to […]