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Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday Year A, 2017. A realhomilie from Fr Kevin Walsh, Sydney Australia. COME, FOLLOW ME!

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One week from today is Easter Sunday! We will celebrate the triumph of Jesus over the final enemy … death! It is only correct and just that if we wish to join in the victory, then we should enter into the struggle, which precedes it. During Lent, we have been given the opportunity to reflect upon the quality of our lives in the face of the Lenten Invitation: Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel. To help us in our Lenten response. The Readings for the five Sundays of Lent have given us a great deal of Food for Thought, and ample opportunity to reawaken our inner spirit to follow Christ wholeheartedly. As we said at the beginning of Lent, this is our Spiritual Training time. Any athlete who is serious about staying in good nick knows that if the training fades away, we don’t fade away…we just get bigger in body weight. The same applies to our Spiritual life, Lent is the perfect opportunity to put our Spiritual Fitness First! The rest of the year is not ‘holiday time’ it is all about keeping in practice the lessons and guidelines that we have embraced during Lent. This will help in a big way to keep us on track till next Lent.

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Today, as we receive our Blessed Palm, and give thanks and praise to God, we are given the chance to enter into the spirit of Holy Week. We can take this opportunity to walk with Jesus through this week in all its moods and complexities, and to finally rejoice in the Father’s glory when ‘life’ was re breathed into Jesus His Son: that new life which is offered to everyone which is celebrated on Easter Sunday.

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When we speak about Jesus in the Mass, for example, we use the past tense. “Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life” … “By your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free”. In other words, Jesus has already completed his part of the formula for salvation; now the rest is up to us. Of course, we are not alone in this venture; the Holy Spirit is alive within God’s household. This week is a sacred time; it is up to us whether we wish to enter deeply into the spirit of it or not. The secular world is well and truly geared up for huge Easter egg sales, Hot Cross Buns, and massive attendances at the Easter Show, let alone getaway holidays, Bab B Q’s at home, and just taking it easy. The beginning and the end of these secular activities is often the $$$$ … but for us, the end of this week is New Life!

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When we enter into the Church’s Liturgy at the Easter Triduum … Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil/Sunday, this newness of life and attentiveness to God’s Mission for us can be nourished and sustained in us. If we take ‘time out’ as family and individuals to make this journey, the results will is far more lasting for us than from a Chocolate Easter Bunny or a dozen Hot Cross Buns!

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There is a time and place for celebration, but it becomes all the more worthwhile when it has been earned through solid attentiveness to Jesus, who invites us to be truly servants of each other; to be responsive to His constant invitation to be with Him in prayer; to walk the Way of the Cross; and to allow the Cross to speak to our hearts. By entering into this mystery, we can rejoice in our God who loves us into life and gives us the responsibility through our Baptism, to share it with others.

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Now is the time to plan our week! Now is decision time! There will be many inviting alternatives, which could take up our time and promise us rewards. However, this is the week of all weeks in which we as a community can be renewed through prayerfully and seriously walking the road to Calvary together … and then into the light of Resurrection.
Our reward? A greater alertness to the suffering Christ in His people today and the strength and quality to be ‘Easter People’ in a world where His Word is still to be proclaimed and heard.
May this week be a source of blessing for all of us? God Bless you all and your families and May we never forget each other in Prayer.

PRAYER REFLECTION: What Faith does?

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Some people think that if you have enough faith life will be plain sailing. But this is not so.
The fact that we can swim doesn’t prevent us from being knocked about by the waves.
In the same way faith doesn’t shield us
from the hard knocks of life or death.

What, then does faith do?
It gives us bearings, and thus enables us
to live in a fragile world
without getting lost or giving in to despair.
Just as swimmers trust that if they don’t panic,
and if they do a few simple things,
then the power of the sea will uphold them.
So believers entrust their lives
to a greater power than us all.
This power is the creative power of God,
who rebreathed new life into his Son at the moment of His Resurrection!

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Fr Kevin Walsh
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2ND SUNDAY OF EASTER C. A Biblical Reflection on today’s Readings from Fr.Brian Gleeson, C.P. Melbourne, Australia.

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                                                                     BELIEVING IN JESUS:
When we come together for Mass every Sunday we come to remember Jesus. Our presence and participation in the Eucharist is an act of faith – an act of personal faith and an act of shared faith. In praying together we also help one another believe, hope and love more strongly. So we become a stronger Christian community. It might be said of us what was said in our First Reading today about the infant Church in Jerusalem: “… the numbers of men and women who came to believe in the Lord increased steadily”.
Our shared faith is above all faith in Jesus Christ. We believe that he has risen from the dead that he is alive in himself and alive in us, and that he is our Teacher, Lord and Leader. But nobody can do our believing for us. This is powerfully illustrated in our gospel story today.

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It’s Easter Sunday and the disciples are huddled together in a locked room. After what happened to Jesus just two days before, they dare not venture out because of fear for their lives. But Jesus himself does not hide away. Suddenly he comes among them. His greeting is peace. Their response is joy. For the story-teller John, Easter Sunday is Pentecost, and the gift of the Spirit is the breath of the Risen Christ. The disciples breathe in the Spirit and the Spirit becomes part of their lives. Soon they will leave the Upper Room changed persons – fearless and courageous, energetic and zealous people. In short they will leave as persons animated and fired up by the Holy Spirit to go and tell the good news that is Jesus.
But one of their group is missing. His name is Thomas. He’s one of the apostles, part of the group. But he’s also a distinct, independent self, a real individual. He cannot be both loyal to the group and disloyal to his own inner self. That would make his loyalty deceitful and worthless. For Thomas honesty and sincerity are, in fact, more important than loyalty and belonging. So when the others say, ‘We have seen the Lord’, he declares strongly and emphatically that before he is willing to believe that Jesus is really risen and alive he must see and test the evidence for himself. He won’t accept that claim just on their say-so. So it’s his honesty that makes him doubt and leads to him being called ever afterwards ‘Doubting Thomas’. We learn from the gospel story that Thomas comes to believe in the Risen Jesus in the same way as the other disciples, i.e. when he sees the Lord for himself. But in the way John tells the story Thomas stands for all those who have not yet seen the Lord in the flesh but who are called to believe in him just the same. That’s where we come into the story. We are among those many generations of believers ever afterwards of whom it may be said: ‘Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.’
It’s understandable that Thomas was so slow to believe. One reason is that he was such a rugged individual, a real self-starter. The other is because he was not present when Jesus breathed the Holy Spirit into his fellow-disciples.

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But Jesus has given the Spirit to you and me, first at Baptism, then at Confirmation, and subsequently at every Eucharist we celebrate. The Spirit which Jesus gives is the Spirit of truth. It’s the same Spirit that empowers us to say to Jesus with Thomas: ‘My Lord and my God!’
Our faith is one of the main gifts the Spirit has given us. But it is not a one-off gift that we lock away in a safe like some precious jewel. As a form of life we must let our faith grow and mature. On the other hand, like other forms of life, our faith can wither and die from neglect and lack of exercise. We need to pray about our faith, think about our faith, and express it in works of love.

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This does not mean that we will never have any doubts. After all even the great Mother Teresa had to struggle with doubts her whole life long. But if like Thomas we care about what we believe, surely sooner or later our faith, revived by the Holy Spirit, will bring us into the presence of God.
The centre and focus of our revived faith will once again be on the great person of Jesus, whom our Second Reading today has called ‘the Living One’, the very one recognised by Believing Thomas as ‘My Lord and my God’.

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Easter Sunday, 2016. An Easter Reflection from Fr. Brian Gleeson, CP, Melbourne, Australia

RISING WITH JESUS TO A NEW LIFE:

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The story is told of a rabbi (a Jewish teacher) who gathered all his students together very early in the morning while it was still dark. He asked them: ‘How can you tell when the night has ended and the day has begun?’ One student answered: ‘Maybe it’s when you see an animal and you can tell whether it’s a sheep or a dog.’ ‘No,’ the rabbi said. A second student answered: ‘Maybe it’s when you are looking at a tree in the distance and you can tell whether it’s a fig tree or a peach tree.’ ‘No,’ said the rabbi. After a few more guesses the students demanded the answer. The rabbi replied: ‘It’s when you look on the face of any woman or man and see that she is your sister and he is your brother. If you cannot do this, no matter what time it is, it is still night.’

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For John, as we heard in his gospel today, Easter begins very early in the morning of the first day of the week while it is ‘still dark’. But the same writer has insisted that ‘the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining’. But this is strictly on one condition: ‘Whoever loves a brother or sister,’ he says, ‘lives in the light.’ On the other hand, ‘whoever hates . . . is in the darkness.’ (1 Jn 2:8-11).

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Just two days ago, when you and I were remembering the sufferings and death of the most marvellous human being the world has ever known, we came face to face with the dark side of human nature, the darkness that led the enemies of Jesus to torture, humiliate, and finally murder him on a cross. On that black day in Jerusalem, the capacity of human beings to hate, hurt and harm one another went completely out of control. It’s no wonder, then, that ‘darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon’, that ‘the sun’s light failed’’, and that ‘the curtain of the temple was torn in two’ (Lk 23:24).
Between light and darkness, between good and evil, one mighty struggle is still going on. It’s going on in the physical world, in human societies, and within our own personalities. Although the darkness often appears to be stronger than the light, it has not yet triumphed. The light is remarkably resilient. Often in danger of being extinguished, it manages to survive, and even to win many victories. The words of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of modern India, are as true as ever: ‘When I despair I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but, in the end, they always fall.’ The words of the Easter Vigil liturgy express the same truth in an equally appealing way: ‘The power of this holy night,’ it proclaims, ‘dispels all evil, washes guilt away, restores lost innocence, brings mourners joy. It casts out hatred, brings us peace, and humbles earthly pride.’

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Our celebration of Easter reminds us that the darkness of evil and hatred will never have the last say. For the resurrection of Jesus proclaims the ultimate triumph of light over darkness and of goodness over evil, both in us and in our world.

Jesus was buried at sunset, as darkness was once again creeping over the earth, to all appearances a victim and a failure. But on the third day afterwards the sun came up on him victorious and triumphant, alive, powerful and influential. Once again, ‘the true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world’’ (Jn 1:9)

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So we celebrate his resurrection today by rising from darkness and death ourselves. The Risen Lord, represented here by this beautiful Easter candle burning in our midst, is asking us to leave behind the works of darkness, to renounce and reject anything and everything in our lives which is dark, sinister and evil, and to ‘walk always as children of the light’, following in his footsteps.

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So I invite and urge you now to renew your baptismal promises. Reject darkness, evil and sin in every shape and form. And promise to follow Jesus Christ from this moment onwards in a life of light, goodness and love – a life shaped by his own powerful example, a life supported and guided by the Holy Spirit, whom he first gave us at baptism and whom he gives us again here and now on this Easter Day. So together, dear People of God, let us renew our baptismal promises, and renew them as loudly, clearly, joyfully and enthusiastically as we possibly can . . .

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Easter Sunday, 2016. A realhomilie from Fr.Kevin Walsh, Sydney, Australia.

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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? Has the subtle autumn morning chill this week, reminded us that times and seasons are changing? The Easter Liturgy speaks in harmony with Spring in the Northern Hemisphere; here we are ‘Down Under’in Australia celebrating new life, while the Willow leaves are starting to die, and the Liquid Amber trees are showing signs of colour changes in their leaves, before they drop to the ground.

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 ever 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! The ongoing threats of terrorism all over the world, puts everyone on ‘edge’! 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… no doubt, we can identify with him.

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Easter time is a reminder of our Baptismal responsibilities. We have very real signs of that within our communities in the welcoming and admission of our Elect. We are therefore reminded strongly, that we must be a community of hospitality, a community of mission, and a community of thanksgiving and joy. 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 occasion’ 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, tap and go? The Sacramental Community nourishes us, and we are called to nourish it by our active participation and genuine outreach to newcomers! We must be passionate about belonging to the Body of Christ which is called the Church! We must be people who can inspire and be inspired; we must be motivated and urged along, because of the love of Christ which has been freely given to us….not just for ourselves, by a long shot; but to invite, and be Christ’s loving face, in a world that frowns so often. The Passion and Cross of Jesus, is the greatest Sign of God’s love for us, according to St. Paul of the Cross.

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In the Second Reading for the liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, we hear the author of the Letter to the Hebrews reminding us that Jesus learnt obedience through suffering and in silent tears! That means that Jesus learnt to truly listen to His Father’s Will, and also to the woes and joys of God’s people. Easter is the greatest invitation to listen with our body mind and spirit to God’s Word, inviting us through Scripture, Sacramental experience and Christ’s living Body; His people! Our Liturgy must never be just cold rubrics, as though we are reading a Recipe to make a cake! Liturgy by its very nature speaks about everyone being involved in Sacramental experiences which can be understood, engaging and sustaining, so that we are then ‘sent out’ in Mission, and return next week for more nourishment with the community.

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We must be a living community which breathes Christ; and is energized by His Spirit-filled breath. We must never fall into the trap of just maintaining ‘the plant’ like that of a Corporation; we must never be smug enough to think that WE have all the answers, and are fearful of constructive conversations with all people, from all races and creeds on earth. We must never be people who think that they see God’s will only in Black and White and Mono sound! God’s will is manifested in living colour, surround sound, and in 3D.

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Easter, invites us to be daring and confident, without being arrogant and pompous in Christ’s mission, entrusted to us as foot washers! How can anyone speak the truth in love, without listening to the truth in humility? The Easter message, by value of the very meaning of the word Easter, means that we all must be creative, innovative and spirit-filled as we grow in our Communities, and as the living body Christ, see new horizons and dream new dreams! No one can be left isolated, unwanted and devalued; we in Parish communities did not choose each other, we have been randomly placed within each other’s care, and pastoral concern, always respecting cultural norms.

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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. God Bless you and your families.

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Palm Sunday, 2016. A realhomilie from Fr.Kevin Walsh, Sydney Australia.

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PALM SUNDAY MARKS THE BEGINNING OF HOLY WEEK
Why Palm Branches?
In the ancient Middle East kings could enter a city in two ways. Horses were used for war, so if the king road on a horse, it usually meant trouble. If they came in peace, they would ride a donkey, a humble act. Jesus was sending two clear messages to the people of Jerusalem. The first was that he is a king, the second message is that his intentions were peaceful. The point was not lost on the religious leaders.

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Jesus came down the Mount of Olives into the Kedron valley, to the east of the temple. It is a very steep descent. The road was a dirt path. The spring rains made the passage slippery. The people hailing Jesus placed branches and clothing on the road so that the footing was safe. John is the only gospel that mentions that the branches were from palm trees. Matthew and Mark only refer to “branches”. Luke leaves out the branches entirely and simply says that the people put their clothes on the road.

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In medieval Europe, people used willow and other branches to celebrate this day, rather than palms which were rare. Some people braid three or more strips of palm to make crosses or crowns of thorns. Next year we will burn the palms to make ashes for Ash Wednesday.

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One week from today is Easter Sunday! We will celebrate the triumph of Jesus over the final enemy … death! It is only correct and just that if we wish to join in the victory, then we should enter into the struggle which precedes it. During Lent, we have been given the opportunity to reflect upon the quality of our lives in the face of the Lenten Invitation: Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel. Today, as we receive our Blessed Palm and give thanks and praise to God, we are given the chance to enter into the spirit of Holy Week. We can take this opportunity to walk with Jesus through this week in all its moods and complexities, to finally rejoice in the Father’s glory when ‘life’ was re breathed into Jesus His Son: that new life which is offered to everyone.

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When we speak about Jesus in the Mass, for example, we use the past tense. “Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life” … “By your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free”. In other words, Jesus has already completed his part of the formula for salvation; now the rest is up to us. Of course, we are not alone in this venture; the Holy Spirit is alive within God’s household. This week is a sacred time; it’s up to us whether we wish to enter deeply into the spirit of it or not. The secular world is well and truly geared up for huge Easter Egg sales and massive attendances at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney, let alone getaway holidays. Yesterday, I heard a man ask one of the staff at Baker’s Delight that they should bake Hot Cross Buns all year around, because it reminds him of Easter!!!! The beginning and end of these secular activities are $$$$ … but for us, the end of this week is New Life! When we enter into the Church’s Liturgy at the Easter Triduum … Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil/Sunday, this newness of life and attentiveness to God’s Mission for us, can be nourished and sustained in us. If we take ‘time out’ as family and individuals to make this journey, the results will be far more lasting for us than from a Chocolate Easter Bunny, or a giant Easter Egg filled with Mars Bars!

There is a time and place for celebration, but it becomes all the more worthwhile when it has been earned through solid attentiveness to Jesus, who invites us to be truly servants of each other; to be responsive to His constant invitation to be with Him in prayer; to walk the Way of the Cross; and to allow the Cross to speak to our hearts. By entering into this mystery, we can rejoice in our God who loves us into life, and gives us the responsibility through our Baptism, to share it with others.

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Now is the time to plan our week! Now is decision time! There will be many inviting alternatives which could take up our time and promise us rewards. But this is the week of all weeks in which we as a community can be renewed through prayerfully and seriously walking the road to Calvary together … and then into the light of Resurrection.
Our reward? A greater alertness to the suffering Christ in His people today, and the strength and quality to be ‘Easter People’ in a world where His Word is still to be proclaimed and heard.

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May this week be a source of blessing for all of us. God Bless you all and your families and may we never forget each other in Prayer. Fr Kevin Walsh

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Palm Sunday 2016. A Reflection from Fr.Brian Gleeson CP, Melbourne Australia A PEP TALK FOR PALM SUNDAY

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‘Keep in mind that Jesus Christ has died for us and is risen from the dead. He is our saving Lord, he is joy for all ages’ [Lucien Deiss]

We have already begun the best week in the whole liturgical year. Centuries ago it was called the ‘Great Week’. Nowadays we call it ‘Holy Week’. We walk with Jesus every step of the road to Calvary.

We have started today with his triumphant entry into Jerusalem. There we joined the crowds acclaiming, welcoming, and applauding him as their Saviour. We have done so with boundless enthusiasm and joy.

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On Thursday we will gather around his table. Once again we’ll hear and take to heart his own commandment: ‘Love one another as I have loved you.’ Once again we’ll receive the loving gift of himself in bread and wine. Then at the end of the meal we will set out with him along the path from the Upper Room to the Garden of Olives. There we’ll see him falling to the ground in fear and anxiety over the cruel and unjust death awaiting him. And as we see and hear him sobbing his heart out and even sweating drops of blood, our hearts will go out to him and our own eyes will fill up with tears.

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Friday will find us standing with his mother and a few faithful friends at the foot of the cross. We will be moved with compassion both for her and for him in their mental and physical torments. We’ll feel some of his sense of being alone and abandoned, betrayed and deserted, not only by friends and followers, but even by God.

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On Saturday we will be quiet and silent around his tomb as we keep remembering the injustice, cruelty, hatred and hostility of all those evil men that murdered him. Then late on Saturday we will go from the darkness of the Way of the Cross to the place of the brightly burning fire. There we’ll join the procession of the great Easter Candle, that stands for the risen Christ, the Light of the World, lighting up the darkness of our church, our world, and our lives. There and then the pain and sadness of our journey with Jesus will give way to the hope and joy that comes from our rekindled faith. Jesus Christ is not dead and gone after all! No! He is very much alive, strong and powerful, alive in himself, and alive in us through his Spirit!

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And so we will hear in both our heads and hearts those comforting and re-assuring words which Jesus Christ Crucified spoke to Juliana of Norwich in the quiet of her convent cell: ‘All will be well, all will be well, all manner of things will be well!’

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Easter Sunday. A realhomilie from Fr.Kevin Walsh – Sydney – Australia Number 116

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Dear One and All,

Easter Sunday is with us again! Is it with a sigh of relief that we take a break at this time of the year?  Has the subtle autumn morning chill, and the occasional morning fog reminded us that times and seasons are changing? The Easter Liturgy speaks in harmony with spring in the Northern Hemisphere, while here are we, Down Under, celebrating new life while the Willow’s leaves are starting to die, and the Liquid Amber’s are beginning to change colour before their leaves fall to the ground; give it another month, and winter will be upon us. For the Eastern coast of Australia, we feel a little cheated because we didn’t have much summer to speak of, yet this week is a sudden burst of summer!  However, for our sisters and brothers in the Northern Hemisphere, there have been record snow falls..so Much for Spring!

Resurrection implies new life, which is the gift we receive each morning when we wake up … today being a totally different day from yesterday. The nature of a gift is that someone gives and someone else receives … but with no price tag attached. The difference with God’s gift of life each day is that He doesn’t give it to us to keep for ourselves, but to share with others. The Easter Liturgy celebrates the Father re breathing ‘life’ into His Son … the ‘new life’ to be shared among all people, and by all people.

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Easter is about hope! It is unthinkable that a Christian would ever entertain the ideas of hopelessness, even though 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?’ In today’s world and in today’s Church, there is a tremendous need for people of hope, because the doomsday prophets have never had it so good! We are called to be Prophets of hope!

St. Peter wrote the following words to the early Christian community … ‘Always have explanations to give to those who ask you the reason for the hope that you have.’ Peter had lived through and witnessed many failures, so his point about hope is deeply relevant. I am sure that he is not alone in this regard … we can all possibly identify with him.

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Easter time is a reminder of our Baptismal responsibilities. We have a very real sign of that within our Parish communities when we welcome and admit our Elect, into full communion with the Church. We are therefore strongly reminded that we must be a community of Hospitality, a community of Mission and a community of Thanksgiving. Underpinning all that, we are as St Paul 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. Easter time in not a ‘one off occasion’ on which to celebrate Christ Our Light! It is renewed at Easter time.

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Easter time offers an enormous challenge to everyone. Do we personally believe in the community which we call the Church, to the extent that we want to really know and care about each other? Or do we view the Sacramental life of the Church as some kind of Spiritual Service Station, where we can fill up every now and then? The Sacramental Community nourishes us, and we are called to nourish it by our active participation. Let us all pray that throughout this Easter Season; we will be stronger in our hope, livelier in our love for one another, and with the eyes of faith, being more sensitive in seeing the saving hand of God at work, in our lives, and within our community, and within the Church. Food for Thought!

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 God Bless you and your Families, especially in this Easter season, and may we never forget eachother, especially while held in conversation with the Lord,

Fr. Kev

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