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A Reflection for the 5th Sunday of Lent

Do you believe this?

The Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you

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A Reflection for the 4th Sunday of Lent

We
are now in our final stretch of Lent which is a relief because, personally, I
find Lent difficult. I find the fasting hard, but I came across a quotation
from the ‘Magnificat’ which I found encouraging.

Fasting is a form of self deprivation
of and a longing for the food we really need. We fast in order to seek Him day
after day, the better to know His ways. We fast to make space for Christ, so
that He may fill our emptiness with His redeeming presence.

I
am also aware of my own sinfulness and my failures in the small things in daily
life. The line in the first reading speaks to me when God said to Samuel ‘Man
looks at appearances but the Lord looks at the heart’.  The Lord sees the desire in my heart to do
good and not my failures. Jesus fell three times under His cross on the way to
Calvary, but he got up […]

Week 3 of Lent – Reflection on this Sunday’s Gospel

This Sunday’s Gospel, John 4:5-42, is about Jesus who
made a journey to a Samaritan town (it is always He who makes first move toward
us) and was waiting at the well for the arrival of the Samaritan woman. Her
thirst and longing bring her towards Him, though she wasn’t aware of
it.  

Recently my friend, was encouraging me with these words:

Always watch the mind,
what it is thinking about, and always bring it back to Him from
wherever it wanders  off.

So often our thoughts are wandering far and wide: be
it judgment of others, anger or just looking for somebody or something what
could satisfy our thirst. 

 The Samaritan woman in the Gospel experienced it
too, she was trying to find her happiness (having 5 husbands and other man not
yet husband), and satisfy her thirst in anything but God, and because of
that her constant longing and thirst were never quenched.

When we too wander in our thoughts away from him, it
is like digging cisterns […]

A Reflection on the Gospel for the First Sunday of Lent

God made the
sinless one into sin, our sin, my sin, that in him we might become the goodness
of God.  And yet since the beginning of
creation we have been denying our sin, that sin for which He emptied himself of
his divinity, became man and endured His passion and death. We have been
covering our nakedness up, hiding our reality from God, from ourselves and from
one another. We don’t wish to be seen for who we are .But until we know in
every fibre of our being that we are sinners utterly in need of a Saviour,
Jesus passion and death has been in vain. How can we look on the one we have
pierced, the one we profess to love and not make it our life’s vocation to know
and own our sinfulness, that we might know and own how deeply we are loved by
God.

Fr Anselm
once said the purpose of lent was to be able […]

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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 […]

A Reflection for Palm Sunday

WE ARE ALL FAMILIAR WITH THE PASSAGE of the Passion Narrative in St. Mathew’s 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 “I am innocent of this man’s blood. It is your concern! The rabble respond “His blood be upon us and upon our children.”
Think deeply for a moment—–‘Jesus loves us and washes away our sins in his own blood.’ 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

“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 […]

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’s gift to us to renew our lives in holiness. By the end of Lent I want to be more aware of God’s love […]

Reflection on the Readings for the 4th Sunday of Lent

“My son, my child, you are with me always and all I have is yours.”We can never ever fathom this mystery of God’s unbounded love for us. He has given us everything. God who is love saying to each one of us:  “you 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.”For me this morning’s readings at Mass help me to appreciate this tremendous gift. In the 1st reading the Lord says to Joshua, “Today I have taken away the shame of Egypt from you.” Yes in this day of your baptism (remember it is always the eternal now within the Blessed Trinity) we too have been […]