Saturday, 30 January 2010

Is not this Joseph's son? (Luk 4:22 RSV)

The gospel this week is a continuation of last week, taken out of the Gospel of Luke (4:21-30). I will take a bit of a different slant on this reading than might be normal, as I want to try and apply it to my own present experience. In the last few weeks I have tried to express a bit of my internal journey with the Lord, or maybe I can even say internal "struggle".

When I initially encounter the Lord, for me quit profound through my conversion for others it is more gradual, I would praise the Lord with the growd in Nazareth: "all spoke well of him, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth" (Luk 4:22 RSV). At that time, and in those times, it seems like the Lord was very close and it seems that He would answer any request almost even before I asked it!

Friday, 29 January 2010

Feast of Thomas Aquinas

It is a bit late, a day after the feast day, but I like to share a few quotes from the Homily Fr. John Harris OP gave to the novices, students and priests present during the mass to celebrate the Feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas:

In his recent catechesis on the Mendicants Pope Benedict said that we can learn from history how it develops and how it can be renewed. He said: “It shows that saints, guided by God's light, are the authentic reformers of the life of the Church and of society. As teachers with their words and witnesses with their example, they can encourage a stable and profound ecclesial renewal because they themselves are profoundly renewed; they are in touch with the real newness: God's presence in the world”.

Friday, 22 January 2010

This is fullfilled today

I do my usual thing this week, making excuses! All exams are over, and there is a free week now until the start of next term. I am allowed to visit our brothers in Cork this weekend, so am on the training my way as I write this.

However, as I don't have a laptop with me, and writing a reflection will be a bit difficult.

However, I read the Gospel this morning and reflected a bit on it. Luke introduces his Gospel, and tells us he want to give us a clear account of all the things that have happened. The we move to the first chapter and hear about Jesus who is very succesfully preaching in Galilee.

He arrives back in His hometown, and as ussual he goes to the synagoge. He gets to read the scripture passage of Isiah. After the reading He says "what you just heard is fullfilled as you listen".

Gods kingdom has come, and indeed maybe overtaken you. This passage of scripture is also fullfilled for us today. God has visited His people and is with us here and with us now.

Last week I tried to express the importance of my own relation with God, and how it changes my life. This is a reality, it is happening today, it is happening now.

However it is maybe not as clear as we might whish. Jesus seems more often the insignificant baby in the crib than almighty God, but that does not make it less real.

The eyes of the people were fixed on Him, they were full of expectation. But if we read on, we see that Jesus does not say the right words and straight away He is rejected.

But it is happening, He is here, even if His message is not what we exoect, or like or if His voice is jot as clear as we want As I tried to express last week, maybe we have to look deep to nitice His presence and is it not as sensual ans obvious as we want, but it is happening, if only we would be able to recognise Gods presence with and within us.

Anyway, the train doesn't seem to be the most reflective location to write... so I leave it at this!

Saturday, 16 January 2010

The wedding feast at Cana (Jn 2:1-11)

It feels a bit like being in the eye of the storm while I am writing this reflection, a calm that might give a unrealistic sense of security. Two exams are finished, and two to follow on Wednesday and Thursday. I just took a bit of a breather to write this short reflection before the final sprint.

The Gospel this Sunday is the wedding feast at Cana in Galilee. Jesus and His disciples attend and so did His mother. It happens on the third day, St. John tells us, Jesus is not wasting days...

It is nice to notice that this is Jesus His first miracle. In the end of chapter one of John's Gospel we read the call of Peter, Andrew, Philip, Nathanael and probably John himself. Especially the call of Nathanael always strikes me as special. It shows  what an impact meeting Jesus can have on somebodies life, something beyond words, something beyond understanding. I think it is significant that these men followed Jesus before He did His first miracle. They were not following Him because of the excitement, there was something else...

Friday, 8 January 2010

Thou art my beloved Son; with thee I am well pleased. (Luk 3:22 RSV)


For Ireland it is really winter. I know, this would make most people laugh... I think we might have gotten maybe 1 or 2 cm of snow and a few degrees of frost but the whole of Dublin is practically shut-down... But then, we are not really used to winter over here!

Well, the good thing is that because all the footpaths are practically covered with ice I am more or less confined to the priory and my room, which helps the study. I have four exams in the next two weeks, and trying hard to understand some of the philosophers who are likely to come up in one of the questions.

This Sunday's Gospel is taken from the gospel of Luke (3:15-16,21-22). The people are wondering if John is the Christ, but he answers them "I baptize you with water; but he who is mightier than I is coming, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire" (Luk 3:16 RSV). John recognizes that he is only the messenger, and that the Christ is coming after him. The people were already anxious about the coming of the Messiah, and this was excited by the force of John's presence as a preacher. Now John is saying that something much mightier than he will come... there must have been a great buzz around!

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Cenacle for Youth

A happy Feast of the Epiphany to all the readers of this blog! I might try and write something on the gospel of today later. However, it is all exam studies for the next two weeks, so the blog might look like a deserted desert for the next while... (with a tumbling weed rolling past once and a while)

Also, I just want to bring to the attention for the Irish readers that there is a Youth Retreat in All Hallows. It is organised by the Marian Movement of Priests in the form of a Continuous Cenacle from this Friday, 8th January, 2010 until Sunday (in All Hallows College, Gracepark Road, Drumcondra, Dublin, 9).

Registration will begin at 7.30 pm Friday with light refreshments and the retreat finishes after lunch on Sunday. The Retreat will finish after lunch on Sunday. For further information please contact me using the form on the right side of this blog and I will forward the details. 

This was probably the first retreat I ever went to, and it made a lasting impression on me. As far as I recall it is the first time I personalty felt the strongly call to serve God in a more direct way (have a look at a brief post from a while back about this). Since then I have tried to make it up every year, and hope that if the study progresses in the next two days to call in again this weekend.

Saturday, 2 January 2010

Snowed in...



This weekend I won't be able to write a reflection either, but wanted to share a picture of me in the garden at home...

Hopefully I won't get snowed in tonight as I will be flying back to Dublin tomorrow.

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