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Sunday 23 September 2018: Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Son of Man will be delivered into the hands of humanity ... All who wish to be first must make themselves the servants of all.

Jesus...Evil is a problem for all of us: we have to contend with disruptive forces – within ourselves, in our dealings with others, in the wide world in which we live. Like the disciples Jesus is instructing , we are still learning how to cope. Those whom Jesus wants to be the bearers of the Good News of God’s ways are still lost in their self-centred ambitions. It is a situation that is so typical of our human experience. It leads Jesus to give the disciples a lesson that is at once radical and simple: ‘Anyone who wants to be first must become last of all and servant of all’. Perhaps we have here another echo of the Servant Songs that have been mentioned – Jesus himself will be our example in the living out of this truth. Great teacher that he is, Jesus goes on to give the disciples an object lesson - receive those who have nothing to give you in return, like this child I am embracing, he tells them, and you will be true disciples of mine and dear to my Father.

Extract by John Thornhill sm - read more at The Emmaus Series | Image courtesy of pexels.com

 
Who do you say I am? PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 16 September 2018: Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

You are the Christ ... the Son of Man was destined to suffer much

Cross...The ‘who’ question is central to our human existence: ‘Who are you, my companion on the journey of life?’ ‘Who am I?’ These questions, if we face their implications, confront us with the depths and mystery of our common humanity. Jesus called himself, ‘the Son of Man’, a title that affirmed his sharing in our human condition. When the ‘who’ question is addressed to him we find not only the mysterious depths of our common humanity, but also the mystery of the generous designs of God, conceived with the Son and the Holy Spirit, in the depths of the divine eternity. Discipleship is learning, in the course of our lives, the answer to the ‘who’ question we address to the Saviour - who has made himself our ever-present companion. Like Peter, we shall find that we are forced to re-evaluate our most basic assumptions in the light of the ways of God we learn from Jesus...

Extract by John Thornhill sm - read more at The Emmaus Series | Image courtesy of pexels.com

 
Ephphatha! - Be opened! PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 09 September 2018: Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

The eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared

The ears of the deaf shall be cleared...These dramatic words of Jesus are the climax of the story. In Mark’s text, the Galilean mission of Jesus has ended with rejection by those of his ‘home town’. Mark begins his account of the cure by describing the strange route taken by Jesus - through pagan territories – probably pointing to the infant Church’s mission to the gentiles and the openness with which that mission to preach the gospel truth was received. We too are invited to reflect upon the importance of openness, and to acknowledge the many ways in which we can be more open to God’s call to the fullness of life. For Mark, life and joy will be found by those who become true disciples of the Crucified One, and so enter with him into his glory...

Extract by John Thornhill sm - read more at The Emmaus Series | Image courtesy of pexels.com

 
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