THE LITURGY OF THE WORD.
This weekend I am using the Readings from Year A, because most Parishes would be having candidates preparing to be received into the Eucharistic Community this Easter and they would usually use the Reading for Year A. However, I have provided a Reflection for Year C.
CHANGE IN FORMAT OF MY BLOG
AS from this weekend I have shortened my presentation due to time restraints in my daily life of 24/7 Care of my 92 Year old Mum. I am sure that you would understand. Thank you.
A realhomilie from Fr.Kevin Walsh
FOR YEAR A
THE WRITTEN STYLE OF THE REALHOMILIE
It is my aim that I present the Homily to you in a way that you might hear me speaking.
I do not follow the strict rules of written prose as such; I use the techniques of oratory shared with me
in many Mission Sermons, and Mission Instructions by tried and true Mission Fathers,
from whom I am privileged to
have been formed in that great tradition.
St.Paul of the Cross. Pray for us.
Dear One and All,
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.
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.
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 cry 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 out response.
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’.In this instance he was reflecting upon the death of his wife through Cancer. Something to ponder as we come closer to Holy Week!
May God bless you and your families, and may we never forget each other in prayer.
5th Sunday of Lent Year C. Lenten Food for Thought
Dear One and All,
Every day when we watch the T.V News, or read the Headlines and stories on line, most of the eye catching events are about people getting into trouble. Either this one was caught robbing a Jewelry Shop, or someone has ripped off the Tax Office, and has been caught, or some unfaithfulness in marriage, or some personal argument about a couple players in a Cricket team etc. I wonder if the TV ratings would be the same if they were all good stories about the positive and noble things that people have done? Most probably the ratings would really slip. There is something within our human nature that gets enjoyment and satisfies our curiosity, out of seeing someone get caught, and the issue made public. Most certainly there are times when you would hope that some people do get caught for the way that they have gravely disturbed and abused other decent people, through robbery, murder etc.
In today’s Gospel we see some excited Scribes and Pharisees, who were really trying to catch Jesus out by using a person, in this instance, a woman, who they really didn’t care about, but abused her by making a spectacle of her in front of the crowd, and in front of Jesus. For the Jewish Leaders they treated her like an object, not a person to satisfy their sinister curiosity.
Let’s go back to the first reading for a minute…Isaiah is recalling to the ‘community mind’ of Israel, that the Lord God would always do new deeds, like the deeds that God did in the great Exodus from Egypt, and the initiation of the marriage contract with His people on Sinai…In fact the brotherhood of Isaiah, were looking forward to a time when their God would do new deeds again and again, so that the world order of people, would be turned upside down in a totally new way of relating, loving, forgiving and living as a Community.
Here in this Gospel story we see Jesus, the human face of the Father doing precisely a new deed……’neither do I condemn you, go away and sin no more’ Jesus turned the tables on the Jewish leaders, and any onlookers who sided with them….’one by one, they left the scene’ because the simple message of Jesus hit the ‘quick’ in all the fingers that pointed in condemnation of the woman. Are we on red alert to catch someone out? Are we more ‘at home’ with negative thoughts about other people than positive ones? Do we sometimes get pleasure in seeing good people being condemned? Food for Thought!