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Sunday 20 October 2019: Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

God will see those who cry to him vindicated

Man at prayer.  Image courtesy of pexels.com...If the first concern of a lively faith is being alive to God’s action in our lives, our prayer should begin and end in recognition that our lives have their real meaning in the unfolding of the plan conceived before all ages in the loving designs of God. This plan - the great virtue of Christian hope assures us - will certainly be realised; and in its realisation, all things will be turned to good. Of course, our personal needs and the concerns of those dear to us should be brought constantly before God in our prayer; but this should be done in the knowledge that these things are part of the plan of God, revealed in all its mercy and generosity in the coming of the Saviour, and realised through a providence that touches every detail of our lives and those who are dear to us. Prayer, Jesus is teaching us, is a living out of our faith; and, at the same time, our faith grows and matures through our life of prayer...

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Giving thanks for the faith that is God’s gift PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 13 October 2019: Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

It seems that no one has returned to give thanks to God except this foreigner

Gratitude.  Image courtesy of pixabay.com...Jesus tells the Samaritan that it is ‘faith’ that has saved him. His companions, too, we may presume, also had faith – evidenced in their common plea with him, and the fact that they too have been healed - because Jesus is surprised that they have not returned. But, unlike the one who returns, they do not have the gratitude that is the expression of a lively faith. If faith is a trusting readiness to receive the great things God does for us, it is also a grateful recognition of what God has done and is doing in our lives. The Samaritan helps us understand what this awareness involves. He ‘turned back praising God at the top of his voice’. Our relationship with our God is quite unique; the other relationships that shape our lives cannot be compared with it. Our awareness of our indebtedness to God should deepen more and more this unique relationship, as we grow in wonder at the blessings of each day. It is not by chance that we call our principal act of worship, our ‘Eucharist’, our ‘Thanksgiving’...

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A life of faith PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 06 October 2019: Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

If you had faith!

Faith.  Image courtesy of pixabay.com...The notion of faith with which we are most familiar – knowing, through the authority of God, truths that would otherwise be beyond our grasp – is sound as far as it goes, but incomplete when compared with what the scriptures tell us about God’s gift of faith. The ‘faith’ that Jesus constantly referred to in the gospels was an openness to the coming of God in the miraculous signs he worked. God has been revealed, as the Scriptures constantly remind us, in the ‘great things’ God has done. The eternal Son was sent by the Father to bring about the final achievement of all. He ‘must suffer’ and ‘rise again’ he tells his companions as they press forward to Jerusalem; he looks forward to his ‘hour’, John’s gospel tells us. Though the mission of Jesus meets with resistance, and his followers are told they must expect the same, ‘faith’ will be their strength – the openness that recognizes - owns, finds new life in - what God has done for the world in the Saviour’s Paschal Mystery...

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