Bulletin, Sunday, February 28, 2016

Thirsting for Life

 

All people thirst for meaning, but of what does that meaning consist? The people in the desert thirsted for water, but they misunderstood their thirst. The woman of Samaria thirsted. Her conversation with Jesus showed that she thirsted for understanding and insight as well as water. For what do we thirst in this world of unmeasured need? Life has not become simpler with all of our advances. We still thirst for more – for the newest, the fastest and the best. How much is enough, and when do we cross the line into ‘too much’? The gospel readings for the scrutiny Sundays very clearly lay out the choices that are placed before the catechumens and the rest of the believing community as well. This Sunday it is between water that quenches thirst and water that does not. Jesus identifies himself as the source of water that guarantees eternal life. He places before the Samaritan woman a choice that requires a step of profound faith. She knows the thirst-quenching quality of the water from Jacob’s well, but she is not acquainted with the water promised by this stranger who is also an enemy of her people. The choice is not an obvious one. A similar choice is placed before us. We know the demands of our culture and the circumstances of our lives. Are we able to recognize the grace that is being offered to us, and make the right choices?

 Fr. Jinto

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Bulletin, Sunday, February 21st, 2016

Pope Francis on Praying the Way of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross, an ancient tradition going back to the fourth century when Christians went on pilgrimage to the Holy Land can be rich, deep, and meaningful, but at the same time we can lose sight of their significance and how to relate them to our everyday lives.

Here are 8 reasons from our Holy Father on why we should pray the Stations of the Cross.

  1.       They Allow Us to Place Our Trust in Him

 The Cross of Christ contains all the love of God; there we find his immeasurable mercy. This is a love in which we can place all our trust. 

 2.       They Put Us into the Story

 “And you, who do you want to be? Like Pilate? Like Simon? Like Mary?” Jesus is looking at you now and is asking you: do you want to help me carry the Cross? How will you respond to him?

 3.       They Remind Us That Jesus Suffers with Us

 The Cross of Christ bears the suffering of mankind, including our own. Jesus accepts all this with open arms, and say to us: ‘Have courage! You do not carry your cross alone! I carry it with you.

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Bulletin, Sunday, February 14, 2016

PASTOR’S PEN

The wilderness, or desert, is used repeatedly throughout the Bible as a place of special encounter with God and preparation for a new direction or a new ministry.  Jesus is led by the Spirit to go out into the wilderness for a period of fasting, prayer and preparation before entering into his public ministry. The episode of the temptations is a clear indicator of the humanity of Jesus – he experienced doubt, uncertainty and fear just as we do.  Jesus is tempted to use his power to make his task easier or to display his authority to others. Had he chosen to do this, surely it would have been easier to get people’s attention – and that was the temptation: to take the easier path or stick to the more subtle, more personal, more difficult path. Christian life does not remove the desert struggles from our lives. We shouldn’t try to pretend there is no difficulty in being joyful. Even Jesus, filled with the Spirit, finds Satan in the wilderness.

On Valentine’s Day, the world proclaims the romance, ease and hope of falling in love. Celebrate it well, by being especially kind, generous and hopeful with those you love. And do not forget to celebrate it well when it is dreary, boring or difficult. Love needs to be remembered and celebrated in order to be lived. 

 Fr. Jinto csc

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