“I’m going fishing” (Jn 21:3) – 3rd Sunday of Easter

 Sometimes ‘doing Lectio’ can be very engaging from an imaginative perspective … which can lead to great depth, and very honest conversation with the Lord. The beginning of the Gospel caught my imagination in this Sunday’s Gospel.  It is interesting that St John named five of the seven who were with Peter by the lake of Tiberias, when he got up and said he was going fishing.  Who were the (unnamed) ‘two others’?  And what if I put myself in amongst them as one of the two?  What might the conversation have been?  If I had had the chance to ask a question or to direct the conversation, what would I have said? You see, a little flight of the imagination, but what it led to was quite absorbing, and instructive … and challenging, as almost all Lectiois.Here were seven men, who had gone about with Jesus, listened to His teaching and been attracted by the truth He taught; captivated by the hope He was holding out to them of what it meant really to be human and even the fact that they were sons of the Father and destined for an eternity of communion with God in heaven.And yet, at that moment in time when Jesus most needed the support of their faith in Him, Peter had denied Him three times … but he was not the only one to do so … Jesus had foretold that they would all fall away (Mt 26:31), and indeed they did – spectacularly, if we are to follow Mark’s account (Mk 14:52).  Maybe, then, they were gathered together, all of them understanding Peter’s sense of having let Jesus down, because they were all […]

6th. Sunday of Easter

A line from the Alleluia verse of last Sunday’s Mass held my attention all week. “LET ME LIVE IN YOU says the Lord” and then while still pondering on these words, to-day’s first Reading had an answering cry, stark and clear   “COULD ANYONE REFUSE”  Jesus the Divine Beggar pleading with you and with me -“let me live in you.”  Can we refuse Him?  In Mary we have a perfect example of one who when the Angel Gabriel came to her with a wondrous message from God, which at first greatly troubled her, asked: “How can this be done?” and on receiving an explanation simply said “Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to your Word.”   (Lk.1)   In the Old testament we hear  Abraham,  Moses  and the prophet Isaiah replying in similar fashion when God seems to be making impossible demands “here I am Lord  send me.”   Jesus  also, frequently  asked his followers in various ways “let me live in you.”  Remember his talk with the Samaritan woman  “give me a drink” (Jn.4.7) and later in the Apocalypse makes a similar request: “behold I stand at  the door and knock, if anyone hears my voice and opens to me I will come to him and eat with him and he with me.”  And again in Mt11 Jesus pleads with us to shoulder his yoke and learn from him of the wonder and joy and peace of total surrender to his will for each of us.  There are many other moments when Jesus pleads with us, and never more eloquently than when he is hanging on the Cross arms outstretched, struggling to find a breath to whisper “I THIRST” […]

Solemnity of Christ the King

A Letter to His Majesty the King of Heaven and earth “I shall keep my sheep in view”   Ezekiel My Lord God, this week as I pondered over your Word from this week’s Mass readings, I often wondered why you care for us as you do.In fact I used to wonder why my father – a very sensible man – ever bothered to rear sheep at all,  troublesome creatures that they are – headstrong and so stupid they would break your heart.And yet My Lord, YOU keep us in view and we indeed  did break your heart, piercing it through with a lance until blood and water poured out, and I know You would do it again for even one of your children in trouble.You are truly our Shepherd King; deeper than all else is your Fatherly care for each one individually. I can’t even imagine how you do keep each one of us, your so wayward children, within the beam of those gentle and merciful eyes of yours, and yet ‘twas yourself who told us that the very hairs of our head are numbered—not by angels but by yourself – and that we matter more to you than many sparrows.Long ago, you spoke to us through your prophet telling us “I myself will show my sheep where to rest, I shall bring back the stray, bandage the wounded and make the weak strong” and allow me to remind you that there are many  many of your children suffering for the sake of your Name these times.And Your Majesty, if I may make so bold as to ask You one more question, why, oh why, why do you really love and care for us so […]

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

 In the first creation story in the Book of Genesis, we read the words:            “Then God said,             ‘Let us make man in our image and after our likeness …’and      “So God created man in his own image,             in the image of God he created him;            male and female he created them.” This day, we have been celebrating the feast of the Most Holy Trinity – we, who are all images of God, are specifically images of the Most Holy Trinity.  It is a mysterious truth, yet true it is: so much so, that it is in fact our very salvation.  Can we know what it means?For many saints of the past, they understood that to gaze on God – to contemplate Him – gave them insights into who they were themselves.  And when we in our own lives take time to think about God, today’s feast reminds us that God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit – pure relation – so perfectly Love, so wholly and completely giving Himself in love, that He abides in and with Himself in joy and delight and love … constantly.  The Father in the Son; the Son in the Father; the Father and Son in the Holy Spirit; the Holy Spirit in the Father and the Son.Who are we?  Where can we find God?The wonder of the Blessed Trinity for us, is that we are invited in Love to share in this inner life of God.  We have received grace to know that for us God is personal and profoundly intimate, utterly and foolishly in love with us, with the love He pours out in Himself – Father to Son; Son to Father; in the Holy Spirit.In […]