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COME BACK TO ME WITH ALL YOUR HEART! Created by Fr Kevin Walsh. Sydney Australia . A Family Reconciliation Service for Lent without a Priest.

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OPENING SONG: Gather us O God. Monica Brown
OPENING PRAYER: ALL:
(Let us pray for the grace of true repentance)

O God,
You so loved the world that you sent your only Son to save us.
Help us now,
As we hear again the invitation from Jesus,
To acknowledge our sinfulness.
And as a community
Give praise to you, for your loving mercy towards us.
We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

THE STORY OF THE TEA POT STAIN:

READER:

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A couple of years ago, a group of men were relaxing in a very nice Café at Rouse Hill Town Centre, after a hard day’s work. As a waitress was walking past their table with a pot of Irish Breakfast Tea, one of the men made a sweeping gesture to emphasise a story he was telling. His hand collided with the tea pot, and sent it crashing against the beautifully painted wall, where its contents left and irregular brown splotch.
Standing nearby, the Manager surveyed the damage. “That stain will never come out”, he said in dismay. “The whole wall will have to be repainted.” “Perhaps not”, was the reply from one of the customers”. All eyes turned to the person who had just spoken. What do you mean?” asked the Manager. Let me work with the stain,” said the man, standing up from his table in the corner. “If my work meets with your approval, you won’t need to repaint the wall.” He then picked up a box and went to the wall. Opening the box, he withdrew pencils, brushes, and some glass jars of linseed oil and pigment. He began to sketch lines around the stain and fill in here and there with dabs of colour and swishes of shading. Soon a picture began to emerge. The random splashes of tea had been turned into the image of a stag with a magnificent rack of antlers.
And this is what God wants to do to each one of us! He wants to take the stains and disappointments of our lives and not merely erase them, but rather turn them into a thing of beauty.

St.Paul’s Hymn to Charity 1 Corinthians 13:1-7 Reader:

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If I have all the eloquence of men or of angels, but speak without love, I am simply a gong booming or a symbol clashing. If I have the gift of prophecy, understanding all the mysteries there are, and knowing everything, and if I have faith in all its fullness, to move mountains, but without love, then I am nothing at all. If I give away all that I possess, piece by piece, and if I even let them take my body to burn it, it will do me no good whatever. THE WORD OF THE LORD. THANKS BE TO GOD.

Examination of conscience

(In the next section of this Reading, substitute LOVE for your own name N…this will help you in your preparation for Reconciliation. It is a short examination of conscience; it will help you discover the areas in your life, which need God’s healing forgiveness. This is all done silently)

N__________(Love) is always patient and kind; N________(Love) is never jealous; N__________(Love) is never boastful or conceited; N___________(Love) is never rude of selfish; N__________ (Love) does not take offence, and is not resentful. N___________(Love) takes no pleasure in other people’s sins but delights in the truth; N________(Love) is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope, and to endure whatever comes. Love does not come to an end. 

+ Litany of Repentance:
Leader: Christ our Saviour, is our advocate with the Father:
With humble and contrite hearts lets us ask him to forgive our sins and cleanse us from every stain.

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Taking a Litany verse each.
• You were sent with Good News to the poor and healing for the contrite. LORD HAVE MERCY. LORD HAVE MERCY

• You came to call sinners, not the just. LORD HAVE MERCY. LORD HAVE MERCY

• You forgave the sins of the woman who showed you great love. LORD HAVE MERCY. LORD HAVE MERCY.

• You did not shun the company of outcasts and sinners. LORD HAVE MERCY. LORD HAVE MERCY.

• You carried back to the fold the sheep that had strayed. LORD HAVE MERCY. LORD HAVE MERCY.

• You did not condemn the woman taken in adultery, but sent her away in peace. LORD HAVE MERCY. LORD HAVE MERCY.

• You called Zacchaeus to repentance and new life. LORD HAVE MERCY. LORD HAVE MERCY.

• You promised Paradise to the repentant thief. LORD HAVE MERCY. LORD HAVE MERCY.

• You are always interceding for us at the right hand of the Father. LORD HAVE MERCY. LORD HAVE MERCY.

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Leader: I contribute to the web of sin in the world by…..and I ask God and my family to forgive me: LORD HAVE MERCY. LORD HAVE MERCY.
ALL: May Almighty God have mercy on us, forgives us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life. Amen
THE LORD’S PRAYER………

ALL: Prayer of thanksgiving to God for the Grace of Contrition.

O God, you have shown us your mercy, and made us a new creation in the likeness of your Son. Make us living signs of your love, may our hearts continue to burn with your boundless mercy and forgiveness. May we go forth in singing your praises, through thoughts and actions, as we meet your Son in our sisters and brothers. We ask this in the name of the Lord. AMEN.
CONCLUDING HYMN: Abide with me. From As one Voice.

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5th Sunday of Lent Year A. Fr Kevin Walsh from Sydney shares a realhomilie with us. We are called to be free, in order to be faithful. We are not called to be bound up, in order to be faithful!

5th Sunday of Lent Year A. Fr Kevin Walsh from Sydney shares a realhomilie with us. We are called to be free, in order to be faithful. We are not called to be bound up, in order to be faithful!

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SPIRITUAL SANATISER TO BEGIN WITH:   Out of the depths we cry to you O Lord, Lord hear our voice. We praise you. Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy. 

O Let your ears be attentive to the voice of our pleading: We thank you. Christ have mercy. Christ have mercy.

But with you is found forgiveness, for this we revere you. We glorify you. Lord, have mercy. Lord have mercy.

May Almighty God forgive us our sin and bring us to life everlasting. Amen.

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Each week as we listen to the various Gospel stories, the risk is that as they are so familiar to us, we can be blinded to the significance of the evergreen Word being proclaimed to us now. Whenever God’s Word is proclaimed, an invitation is extended to us, and our response depends on the ‘alertness’ of our minds and hearts to the activity of the Spirit within us, and an inner desire for ongoing change in our life.

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Today we hear the familiar and so very touching story of Jesus raising his friend Lazarus from the dead. Notice that Jesus cried! As we journey through the Gospels there are many examples of Jesus being moved with emotion. Jesus sighs; Jesus is angry; Jesus loves with a heart set on fire by His Father … a heart, which reaches out, to all people in ordinary and difficult situations. Sometimes, His response causes a negative reaction among the people around Him.

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Throughout the Gospels, Jesus does not hide His feelings. He is moved with love whenever He sees people like sheep without a shepherd … He wept over Jerusalem before His Passion. In a scream of surrender from the Cross, Jesus cried out ‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!’ The Roman Centurion, standing at the foot of the Cross, and hearing Jesus breathe His last, was brought to faith by observing that ‘This was a great and good man.’ In raising Lazarus from the tomb, Jesus was saying not only to His friend, but also to all of us … ‘Death could not bind you. I have come to bring you to life and to make you free!’ But there is more being said here in this Gospel story. We see the anguish of Mary and Martha over the death of their brother! We also see that for Jesus, their place was His home away from home! Jesus enters into the anguish of these two sisters and shares genuinely in their grief. At the same time, He challenges them to believe ‘I am the Resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will never die (eternally) Do you believe this?’ And Martha said, ‘I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who has come into the world.’ Jesus was not only putting this question to Martha, He was also putting it to us! And what will our response be? Lent is the perfect time to think this over and renew our response.

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When the chips are down, faith is our great ally in facing death. It does not mean that we have all the answers or that we are absented from grief or loss. On the contrary, the walking through grief and loss, and the shedding of tears, either as individuals but hopefully as a community, is necessary for our spiritual/human development. Surely, true compassion for those who suffer loss is really sharing in their suffering, so that they know that they are not alone. As the famous English writer C. S. Lewis once said, ‘The greatest lovers in this world are those who have suffered much’. Something to ponder as we come closer to Holy Week!

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THINK TIME!

Do we give precious time to ‘be with’ people who are truly grieving?

Do we let authentic compassion stir us into response action?

Do we truly listen to the world in which we live, and mystically join with our national and international sisters and brothers in common prayer?

Do we unknowingly bind people up and curtail their freedom?

Do we assist people to be free to be faithful through our unconditional love, forgiveness and compassion? FOOD FOR THOUGHT!

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The Ascension of Our Lord

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PRAYER FOR RECONCILIATION TO OUR LADY HELP OF CHRISTIANS Feast Day 24/5/2019 Composed by Fr Kevin Bede Walsh. C.P 1988

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O God,
The Great South Land of the Holy Spirit
was entrusted to a people who saw your mighty hand at work
in the majestic, rugged mountains, in the rolling plains, parched earth, flowing rivers and thundering surf.

May we, under the guidance of your Spirit, work at reconciliation, with all the different peoples of this land. May we reverence the “Dream Time” …and those wedded to this land; May we in turn respect and heal all that we have hurt; the land, its people and wild life.

We dedicate all our efforts under the patronage of Mary Help of Christians, who always points the way to wholeness, to harmony and to Jesus. We make this our prayer to you Father, through Christ Our Lord. AMEN.

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3rd Sunday of Easter. A beautiful reflection from my friends at the Benedictine Abbey Jamberoo Australia

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Easter Sunday 2019. A realhomilie from Fr Kevin Walsh, Sydney Australia. kevin.w3@bigpond.com The Resurrection, the triumph of the Father.

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Easter Sunday is with us again! Is it with a sigh of relief that we have a ‘break’ at this time of the year? Is it just another Sunday? Is it just another time of the year for the commercial world to make more money using a solemn Christian Feast to make more Dollars?

Resurrection implies new life! This is the gift we receive every morning when we wake up! Today is a totally different day from yesterday. Part of something being a gift is that someone gives, someone else receives, and there is no price tag attached. If there is a snag, it is that God gives me nothing for myself! If God gives me the gift of life today, it is because I can be a life-giving person to someone else. The Easter Liturgy celebrates the Father re breathing ‘life’ into His Son, and that ‘new life’ is to be shared among all people, and by all people.

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Easter is about hope; it is unthinkable that a Christian should even entertain the ideas of hopelessness, even when we live in a world, which thrives, and makes money on bad news! Jesus triumphed over darkness, sin and death, and in the words of St. Paul, ‘having given us Christ Jesus, will the Father not surely give us everything else?’ There is a tremendous need for people of hope in today’s world, and in today’s Church, because the doomsday prophets have never had it so good! One notable Shepherd in the Church said that we Christians are under siege! What rubbish! The whole Christian way of life has been under siege since the crucifixion of Jesus! However, Easter Sunday is the answer to those who claim that we are under siege! Jesus said, @ I am sending you out as lambs among wolves…’ So what new! Sensationalism of the moment, and it can be seen as a tactic to win favour and solace from others. St. Peter wrote these words to the early Christian community: ‘Always have an explanation to give to those who ask you the reason for the hope that you have.’ Peter had experienced, witnessed, and lived through many a failure, so his point about hope is deeply relevant. I am sure that he is not alone in this regard… surely, we can identify with him!

Easter time is a reminder of our Baptismal responsibilities. We have a very real sign of that within our Parish community with the welcoming and admission of our Elect, into full communion with the Church. We are therefore reminded strongly, that we must be a community of hospitality, a community of mission, a community of Thanksgiving. Underpinning all that, we are as St Paul’s says, ‘planted on love and built on love, so that together with all the Saints we will have the strength to grasp the breadth and the length, the height and the depth; until knowing the love of Christ, which is beyond all knowledge, we are filled with the utter fullness of God.’ Ephesians 3:18.

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Easter time in not a ‘one off time’ to celebrate Christ Our Light! Easter time offers an enormous challenge to everyone. Do we personally believe in the community, which we call the Church, to that point of wanting to really know, and care about each other? Or are we sometimes tempted to see the Sacramental life of the Church as some kind of Spiritual Service Station, where we fill up every now and then, like we do our cars at the Petrol Station? The Sacramental Community nourishes us, and we are called to nourish it by our active participation in every way possible.

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We pray that through this Easter Season, we will be stronger in our hope, lively in our love for one another, and sensitive to see, with the eyes of faith, the saving hand of God in our lives and within our community.

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Good Friday, 2019, a realhomilie from Fr Kevin Walsh Sydney Australia. ‘It is accomplished!’ kevin.w3@bigpond.com

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After Jesus had taken the vinegar, he said: ‘It is accomplished!’

With these words, Jesus gave up his spirit.’

These Words are taken from the Passion of Our Lord according to St. John. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

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I wonder what kind of a Messiah the people in Our Lord’s time were really looking for? Was it a Messiah who would gather an army around him, and drive out the foreign occupation of the Romans? Could it have been a Messiah, who would restore the ancient tribes of Israel into one community again? Would it be a Messiah who would spread Israel’s Spirituality by force throughout the known world? The simple answer to all of this is: – NO! None of these……

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From the poverty of the stable in Bethlehem, to the cruelty of Crucifixion, Jesus, the Human face of the Father, was the Messiah who ruled in loving service; not from the stance of power and glory! Jesus the radical Son of His Father, Jesus the new ‘trend setter’ of loving outreach to the ‘poor’ and to those who lived on the fringes of society. Jesus the daring Son of the Father, who was not afraid to break traditional Religious rules, if they got in the way of loving unconditionally! Jesus was not tied up and paralysed by Religious Customs which saw God’s Governance in black and white terms, and unforgiving practices, which created an image of a cruel God, a power filled God, or an untouchable God. Jesus challenged all those images!

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Jesus, through his birth in the stable, and then taking on the status of a Refugee, entered into the mess of this world! A Mess whose answers could not fit into neat tidy boxes of Religion’s way of seeing the world, through pompous and arrogant lenses. Jesus, saw the world and its people through the Eyes and Heart of His Father. This way of seeing the world and its people, was new, it was real, it was true, and it was forgiving and loving!

Jesus the Messiah, could truly say the opening words of our Homily today…….’It is accomplished’….

Can we say with all our heart, ‘It is it accomplished’? If we say YES!!! That means that we are taking the responsibility given to us at our Baptism, to be Christ in our World. The YES that we say, is not like a yes that we would say for a Bucket full of KFC! It is a serious yes! It is a solemn yes! It is a challenging yes! It’s an exciting yes!

It is a thrilling yes, because we are not called to take up the Cross daily just by ourselves! We are called to take up OUR Cross daily……that means a community project, not just for now, but for always. Christians are not lone rangers…….we are a Community, we are a group, WE ARE the living Body of Christ. With this ‘community strength’, we must act ‘as one body’ in responding to our sisters and brothers in our midst. As a community we must act as one body in our loving outreach to those who are in personal, family and International difficulty.

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As a community we are to serve each other like Jesus ministered to His apostles, by washing their feet, prior to celebrating the Passover meal; the meal of Christ’s body. We, as a community in Christ, are called to be Foot washers of the Lord! We are not called to be self-centred, or grasping for only that which satisfies us. We are not called to be a community of Christ who has no backbone…..which is courage! We are not called to be a Community who has no wishbone….which is hope, and above all we are not called to be a community of sad sacks who have no funny bone. We are called to live life to the fullest in every way, and to be strong, to be hopeful and to have a sense of humour, and be funny.

Good Friday, places the suffering Servant into our minds, hearts and hands…..Our yes, has the most serious consequences for a life which is open to all that God asks of us. We fail, if we put conditions on our YES to Christ, we pass with flying colours when our Yes to Christ has no conditions. Following the faith response of Mary the Mother of Jesus, Mary the Mother of the Church, our YES, like hers, is open to the endless designs of God for us.

I would like to conclude with a verse from a Song, composed by John Michael Talbot, using the words of the great St Therese….

Christ has no body now but yours, no hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through He looks compassion on this world, yours are the feet with which He walks to do good. Yours are the hands with which He blesses all the world.

 

In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

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