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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 […]

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

鈥淲ho touched me?鈥 (Mk聽 5:31)
Seeing this wonderful cross in the sky above our monastery reminded me of these thoughts in Pope Benedict鈥檚 鈥楽pe Salvi鈥 (par. 27-28):

Whoever is touched by love begins to perceive what 鈥渓ife鈥 really is. He begins to perceive the meaning of the word of hope that we encountered in the Baptismal Rite: from faith I await 鈥渆ternal life鈥濃攖he 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.聽Jn聽10:10), has also explained to us what 鈥渓ife鈥 means: 鈥渢his is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent鈥 (Jn聽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 […]

A JOURNEY THROUGH LENT – SPEAK LORD, YOUR SERVANT IS LISTENING

We are a little late in putting up our Lenten reflections but we trust that they may still be helpful for those who read this blog.  We are united with the whole Church as we journey through this Lenten season towards Easter..It is that time again, LENT. Like anyone who is bothering to read this blog I am thinking about what I should do for Lent this year. The thought occurs to me that if I rephrase the question I might come up with a more fruitful answer. So I ask myself what do I want Lent to do for me? By the time Easter arrives what would I like to be different about me? How can I make that happen?The season of Lent is God鈥檚 gift to us to renew our lives in holiness. By the end of Lent I want to be more aware of God鈥檚 love […]

Reflection on the Readings for the 4th Sunday of Lent

鈥淢y son, my child, you are with me always and all I have is yours.鈥漌e can never ever fathom this mystery of God鈥檚 unbounded love for us. He has given us everything. God who is love saying to each one of us:  鈥測ou are the recipient of my infinite love. I have sent my Son to live among you as one of yourselves; to die a most horrible death so that you might be with me forever — if only you would listen and turn to him and accept our merciful and forgiving love.鈥滷or me this morning鈥檚 readings at Mass help me to appreciate this tremendous gift. In the 1st reading the Lord says to Joshua, 鈥淭oday I have taken away the shame of Egypt from you.鈥 Yes in this day of your baptism (remember it is always the eternal now within the Blessed Trinity) we too have been […]