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We respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, as the traditional caretakers of the land which is the Richmond Catholic Parish.

We acknowledge the Elders, past and present.

May we, too, be good stewards of this land.

The Lord's entrance into Jerusalem PDF Print E-mail

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord

Year A: A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 21: 1 -11

When they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, ‘Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find an ass tied and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, “The Lord has need of them,” and he will send them immediately’.

The capture of Christ

This took place to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet, saying, ‘Tell the daughter of Zion, Behold, your king is coming to you, humble and mounted on an ass, and on a colt, the foal of an ass’. The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the ass and the colt, and put their garments on them, and he sat thereon. Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.

And the crowds that went before him and that followed him shouted, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!’ And when he entered Jerusalem all the city was stirred, saying, ‘Who is this?’ And the crowds said, "This is Jesus the prophet, from Nazareth in Galilee."

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 April 2014 23:12
 
The gift of life PDF Print E-mail

06 April 2014: Fifth Sunday of Lent - Year A

I am the resurrection and the life

When Jesus gets to his friend, Lazarus is already dead and buried. Jesus suggests that he is only asleep, but I think we would consider him as well and truly dead, since he has been in a tomb for days and people are worried about the smell. Nonetheless, Jesus brings him back to life.

Raising of Lazarus by Renaissance artist Giotto

We will all have friends who will die. We may be desperate to do for them what Jesus did for Lazarus, but our prayers may not be granted in the manner we would like. We can pray that they are happy and are at one with God, and hope that is so.

What we can also do is be there for them when they are alive. We all have imperfect human lives, in both physical and spiritual senses. That means our lives are not as fully free or human as they could be. If we have friends who help heal those imperfections and if we do the same for them, then everybody concerned has a fuller human life closer to what God intended.

Excerpt from Fr David McLean's The Gift of Life

Image: Raising of Lazarus, by Renaissance artist Giotto, is from 1304 - 1306 and is part of his series entitled Scenes from the Life of Christ.

Last Updated on Saturday, 05 April 2014 23:35
 
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