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    Becoming light for each other – a reflection on today’s Gospel

Becoming light for each other – a reflection on today’s Gospel

While praying my Lectio Divina for the 5th
Sunday of Ordinary Time the words that struck me were ‘Your light will shine
like the dawn and your wound quickly healed over’.

The word ‘Light’ is repeated in the
first reading, the psalm and the Gospel. Elsewhere, in St John’s Gospel, Jesus
tells us ‘I am the light of the world.’ Turning to us, his disciples, He
reminds us in today’s Gospel we too are the ‘light of the world.’

Recently, a meeting with a young
couple who were clearly letting their light shine for all to see made a
deep impression on me. They were ex-heroin addicts who were very happy to be
alive and to be together. Even though at the time I was coping with my own
darkness, I seemed to have brightened up their day – they asked me to pray with
them. They told me part of their touching story and how they came from sheer
darkness to […]

‘Who touched me?’ – A reflection on today’s Gospel

“Who touched me?” (Mk  5:31)
Seeing this wonderful cross in the sky above our monastery reminded me of these thoughts in Pope Benedict’s ‘Spe Salvi’ (par. 27-28):

Whoever is touched by love begins to perceive what “life” really is. He begins to perceive the meaning of the word of hope that we encountered in the Baptismal Rite: from faith I await “eternal life”—the true life which, whole and unthreatened, in all its fullness, is simply life. Jesus, who said that he had come so that we might have life and have it in its fullness, in abundance (cf. Jn 10:10), has also explained to us what “life” means: “this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (Jn 17:3). Life in its true sense is not something we have exclusively in or from ourselves: it is a relationship. And life in its totality is […]

Reflections on St Dominic (3) – A Man in love with Truth

As we continue our novena to St Dominic, I have taken a few short snippets from a reflection by Fr Peter Lobo OP (India) on Dominican Spirituality. As we celebrate the 800th Anniversary of the founding of the Order we can all renew our devotion to and love for Dominc by reflecting on a few of his traits and gifts of grace. Dominican Spirituality spells out the Dominican Pathway to God, even though it is not carried forward in writings, but rather in on-going lived traditions that embody the vision, spirit, charism and life-project of St Dominic and the early brethren. It is a spirituality of peculiar wholeness and balance, of great depth and liberality, which can be lived out through a pluriformity of life-styles and is capable of being a valid spiritual path for many different kinds of people.    (i)            Dominic was a Restless Man: he never felt that […]