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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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6th Sunday of Easter Year C. A Biblical Reflection from Fr.Brian Gleeson CP, Melbourne, Australia. JESUS’ FAREWELL GIFT

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I wonder in how many different places and in how many different houses you’ve lived over the years of your life. I’ve just about lost count. It’s not easy leaving a place, especially when we’ve formed close ties. Unless it’s leaving a destructive relationship or some other difficult situation, most of us, I think, hate goodbyes. Just the prospect fills us with sadness and dread, even if we’re leaving to get married or take up a better job, or to go to some dream home. There’s still the pain of packing up and leaving for an unknown future. There’s still the pain of saying goodbye to family members and friends. Saying such things as ‘I’ll visit when I can’, ‘I’ll ring you’, ‘I’ll text you’, ‘I’ll e-mail you’, ‘I’ll catch up the first chance we get’, might ease the pain of separation to a certain extent, but it doesn’t take it away completely.

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The gospel today takes us to the Last Supper, to Jesus’ last meal, his farewell meal with close friends. He tells them that he is going away and they will no longer have him with them in the old familiar ways. But he softens the sting, the pain which they are feeling, with three very comforting and connected promises. He says that he is going away to prepare a place for them (Jn 14:3). So they can look forward to a great reunion with him one day. He goes on to promise: ‘I shall not leave you orphans, I shall come to you’ (14:18)

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In his third promise, Jesus spells out how he will come to them and how he will still be with them when they can no longer see him, touch him, hear his voice, and walk with him. He will come to them in his gift of his Spirit. He will give them the very same Spirit that animated him, as he went about Palestine doing good, preaching and teaching, healing and helping in every way. He will give them his Spirit to continue his presence to them. The Spirit, then, will be a kind of second self, Jesus’ alter ego. The Spirit, just like Jesus himself has been for them all along, will be their great Comforter and Defender in all their conflicts and trials.

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When the Spirit comes to them, Jesus assures them, the Spirit will remind them of everything that Jesus has said, and everything that Jesus has meant to them. So they will still sense his living and loving presence among them. So, the Spirit will be the permanent bond among them all.

When the Spirit comes to them, they will also receive Jesus’ special gift of peace. So he says to them: ‘Peace I bequeath to you, my own peace I give you, a peace which the world cannot give, this is my gift to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid’ (14:27).

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We all know the kind of peace we need in our hearts and lives right now. It’s a peace that only the Spirit of Jesus can give. We need wise leaders to bring the terrible war in Syria to a complete stop. We need his Spirit to bring divided Christians together into one united world-wide community. We need his Spirit to assure people who are feeling alienated and isolated in their churches that they are important to the community, and that they are still loved, no matter what. We need peace in our workplaces, to bring an end to gossiping, bitterness and backbiting. We need peace in our homes to replace tension and misunderstandings, as well as any verbal, emotional, or physical abuse. We need peace among the players of our sporting teams, so that those who strive to be best on the ground will also be the fairest.

It’s true that we don’t have the physical presence of Jesus with us the way his first disciples did when he talked with them around his table, washed their feet, and gave them his reassuring promises. His farewell to them was a real farewell. He would no longer be with them as he had been. But he assured them and us after them, that he is present in a different way, in his gift of the Holy Spirit. If only we keep on trusting in the presence of the Spirit to us, we will have peace in the midst of any personal, family, or community turmoil that comes our way!

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But this peace is not something we can manufacture ourselves or spray on by our own power. It’s a gift that comes from Jesus, who doesn’t want to lose touch with us. Can we be more open to receiving that gift from him, that gift that will keep strong our ties with him?
Surely that’s something to pray for during this Eucharist, and in the rest of the days of Easter leading to Pentecost!

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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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Pope Francis a breath of fresh air to God’s Household. Presented by Fr.Kevin Walsh Number 117

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When Pope Francis first appeared on the Balcony at St.Peters after he was voted in as our new Pope, his countenance, simplicity, and profound spirituality was written all over his face. His appearance captured the world; His humanity comes to the surface in his down-to-earth, off the cuff comments, touching the hearts of all people. His phone call to the Newsagent in Buenos Ares, cancelling his daily Newspaper, is indicative that the ‘poor of the Lord’ are foremost in his heart.

Deciding not to wear a new Papal Pectoral Cross, and remaining with his well worn Cross, speaks volumes about the man. This striking witness to simplicity which is at the heart of the Gospel, is the greatest reminder to all of us, to refocus on the hearts of people, and not on the material, opulent outpourings as manifested in some quarters of the Church.

The decision of Pope Francis to experiment in living with others in St.Martha’s Vatican Guesthouse, indicates that his position in the Church does not evict him to live in isolation. His persona invites people to be close to him, and to feel needed in his eyes. The warmth in his writings and Talks, demonstrates that he is not an ecclesiastical, antiseptic Prelate! On the contrary; to all of us entrusted with servant leadership in God’s household; and that means all the Baptised, the Jug of water, Bowl and Towel of Holy Thursday, remind us that we are all called to be the Lord’s Foot washers.

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