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“Watching Jesus”

Reflection 1Curious that the celebration of Jesus Christ as Universal King should call us to remember Him hanging crucified on the cross.Kings are powerful, mighty, commanding respect and admiration. They are men who hold their peoples together, in unity 鈥 men by whom nations are identified and in whom their subjects take pride. Kings fight for the safety of their people, to protect and defend them against all manner of enemies. We can watch Jesus in one of two ways, there as He hangs on the cross. We can see a weak, bloody man, running out of breath; not able any longer to hold His head up; not able to see clearly through the blood flowing from the wounds the thorns have made; a coward, who won鈥檛 answer the words of abuse and mockery being shouted at Him; He doesn鈥檛 even seem to pay any heed to the bare handful of His friends who have remained to see Him so humiliated. King indeed! What kind of king is this, who would let such lies be tossed about, without even trying to defend Himself? But His Father 鈥 what does He see?Could it be 鈥 LOVE? How can we learn love, from One who is barely alive 鈥 how can He be teaching us and showing us the way 鈥 from the cross?! Let us stand there, watching Jesus.Jesus 鈥 in the midst of all the evil to which He is subjected 鈥︹ absorbs every ounce of it, silently He takes it to Himself and watch 鈥atch how He doesn鈥檛 pass it on.Listen to the lies and the abusive words ringing in His ears 鈥 and watch how when […]

By |November 21st, 2010|Liturgy|0 Comments

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

For over two weeks now we have been reflecting on, and celebrating God鈥檚 great gift of Himself to us when He took on our human nature and became one of us 鈥 our brother in the flesh. We marvel at this self-emptying love which we see before our eyes in the baby 鈥 as St John describes it:Something which has existed since the beginningWhich we have seen with our own eyes Which we have watched and touched with our handsThe Word who is Life (1Jn 1:1)In today鈥檚 feast we see Jesus as a grown man taking a further step in his solidarity with humankind. St Luke, whose Gospel we read on Sundays this year, tells us that John the Baptist was proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Lk 3:4). Then Jesus 鈥 the sinless One 鈥 comes and is baptised by John. Will we ever grasp the depth of this mystery? The all holy One, the innocent One stoops down to our level 鈥 identifies himself with us sinners. He does not condemn, does not stand aloof from our plight, but rather stands right in our midst, and in so doing he reveals His true identity – and our identity in Him.Luke tells us that 鈥渨hile Jesus after his own baptism was at prayer, heaven opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily shape, like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: 鈥榊ou are my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on you鈥欌 We are here gazing on the whole mystery of the Incarnation at its deepest level. God, in Christ Jesus, takes on Himself our alienation from God 鈥 […]

By |January 10th, 2010|Liturgy|0 Comments