Spiritual Journeys

All through the weeks of celebration of Easter, thanksgiving is made over and over again for the most recent baptisms and conversions.  There is an emphasis at this time on new beginnings and fresh starts for everyone.  Renewal is central to our faith.  We are always starting again.  Continually, we rediscover ourselves as beginners.   The return to first fervour humbles us but also gives us energy.   We go back joyfully to the dynamism of youth. ...
Jesus Christ has strength for his mission.  He comes among us with power and authority.  On the cross, he reigned: risen from the dead, he is Lord forever.   Even when he was being interrogated during his passion it was clear that he was much greater than his torturers. Yes, I am a king.  I was born for this, I came into the world for this [1].  Now, after the resurrection, continuing his mission, Jesus puts his strength at the service of those who seek his help....
‘Tell us, Mary, what did you see upon the way?’ [1]  The first thing, which Mary of Magdala saw, was that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb [2].  She thought, initially, that the grave had been robbed. ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb’, she said ‘and we don’t know here they have put him.’ [3]   Faith in the resurrection began, for Mary, with an experience of loss. The body of Christ had been stolen, it seemed. He had already been taken away by death...
FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTSApril, this year, is Resurrection Month. Everywhere, all the brothers and sisters of the human family, whether explicitly or not, are longing for new life, desperate for the deadly pandemic to end, for the fullness of life to free us from the terror of illness and death that has hung over us for over a year. We’ve seen so much selfless fraternity but we’ve also seen discord, violence and the spread of a harsh politics of hostility, even hate. It’s timely, then, that Pope...
Now the traitor had arranged a signal with them. He had said. ‘The one I kiss, he is the man. Take him in charge, and see he is well guarded when you lead him away [1]. Judas identifies Jesus for those who come to arrest him.  His persecutors do not know him.  They need the help of a renegade apostle to pick him out from everyone else. Not long before he has entered Jerusalem triumphantly. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, others greenery which they had cut in the...
We would like to see Jesus [1].  The Greeks who approached Philip with that question speak for many. They speak for us, who would like very much to deepen our knowledge of Christ, and have wanted to allow that project to advance during Lent.  The Greeks asking to see the Lord surely also speak for many others who are curious about him and would like to find out more about him in as direct a way as possible.  Is it possible to see Jesus?  He is manifest in the sacraments and...
The Son of Man must be lifted up as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him[1].   In the middle of Lent, on Laetare Sunday, we look forward with joyful confidence to what awaits us in Holy Week and at Easter.  On the horizon we see Jesus lifted up.  The Son of Man is raised up at the resurrection.  Before that, however, he is lifted up on the cross.  High above and ahead of us we gaze at our saviour....
Can we imagine Jesus ushering us out of the temple? What would he say to us as we left? Thank you for your presence?  Thank you for your sincere prayers? Thank you for the love of God you have expressed here, and for the good life which it prompts and enables?  Would he make any allusion to our faults?  We have a mission to share our faith.  We go out from our prayers to the service of others and to witness to the Gospel.  The Lord sends us out.  He accompanies us...
TASTE GOD’S INFINITE MERCYIt’s already a full year since Pope Francis prayed for the whole world in that haunting and poignant televised service in a rainy, dark St.Peter’s Square. For many of us watching, whether we were people of explicit faith or not, the simple liturgy revealed a palpable depth; his spoken words were matched by the intensity of the visual symbol. It went deep. It is the same profundity that the Pope invites us to find, in his intention for this month, in the Sacrament of...
God did not spare his own Son but gave him up to benefit us all [1].  To save the world, the Father allows the Son to suffer and to die. The passion, death and resurrection of Christ bring about our salvation.  In Lent we prepare to remember and to celebrate the paschal mystery.  Already we look forward to the rising from the dead: after he had told the disciples of his coming Death, on the holy mountain he manifested to them his glory, to show, even by the testimony of the law...

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