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Peace AngelFrom Monday 09 April 2018, the 7:30am and 8:30am Masses will be suspended.

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I am the Good Shepherd PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 22 April 2018: Fourth Sunday of Easter

I know my sheep, and mine know me

I am the Good Shepherd...In the portion of the chapter that we hear proclaimed today, Jesus describes his relationship with his followers as similar to the relationship between a good shepherd and his sheep. As a good shepherd will risk and lay down his life in order to protect his sheep, Jesus willingly sacrifices himself for the sake of his sheep. Jesus contrasts the actions of the good shepherd with the actions of the hired shepherd who abandons the sheep in the face of danger. In the verses following Jesus' teaching, we learn that the Pharisees and the other religious leaders understand that Jesus is referring to them when he describes the hired shepherds.

The concern of a good shepherd for his sheep is part of the shepherd’s job. Jesus says, however, that the actions of the good shepherd are based upon the relationship that develops between the shepherd and the sheep. This is at the heart of the difference between the good shepherd and the hired shepherd. The good shepherd knows the sheep and therefore acts out of love. For the Good Shepherd, this is never simply part of a job; this love-in-action is integral to his identity.

Read more at Sunday Connection, Loyola Press, A Jesuit Ministry

 
An encounter with Jesus PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 15 April 2018: Third Sunday of Easter

Jesus encounters the disciplesPeace be with you

...Consistently in the reports of Jesus’ post-Resurrection appearances, Jesus greets his disciples with the words, "Peace be with you." This is a most appropriate greeting. The disciples have witnessed the death of someone they loved, and they now fear for their own lives as well. Peace is what they need more than anything else. Jesus often connects this greeting of peace with another gift—forgiveness. In today’s Gospel, this connection is made in the final verses.

Even as they hear Jesus’ greeting of peace, the disciples are startled and terrified. They are uncertain about what to make of the figure before them and, quite understandably, they mistake Jesus for a ghost. Yet the figure before them is not a ghost; Jesus invites them to experience his resurrected body with their senses, to look and to touch. The figure before them is flesh and bone, still bearing the marks of crucifixion. Although the disciples cannot forget his suffering and death, peace begins to take root in their hearts, as their fears turn to joy and amazement...

Read more at Sunday Connection, Loyola Press, A Jesuit Ministry | Image courtesy of Hermanoleon Clipart

 
Thomas finds faith PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 08 April 2018: Second Sunday of Easter

As the Father has sent me, so I send you

Doubting Thomas meets Jesus...This gospel invites us to share the experience of the disciples, finding faith through the coming of the Lord into their midst on the evening of his Resurrection Day.  What a dramatic situation – they are to meet the one whom they have deserted and abandoned to his fate. There is no word of reproach, no reference to what has taken place, only ‘Peace be with you’ and again ‘Peace be with you’ – you are forgiven come once more into my friendship.  Their finding faith is a meeting with God's generous and reconciling love. And he sends them forth with the good news of the forgiveness of sins.

For many faith does not come easy and they are helped by the testimony that echoes down through the centuries of hard headed Thomas - as he owns that it is indeed the crucified one - the one who shared the deepest darkness of the world we have made – to whom we can entrust ourselves, as our ‘Lord’ and our ‘God’...

Extract by John Thornhill sm - read more at The Emmaus Series | Image Credit: Franciszek Smuglewicz [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 
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