A call to Catholic men to right the wrongs of a
Here’s a question for Catholic men: did you know
that you have the power to mend our broken society? All
the sadness and despair, the lies and deceit, the selfishness and
infidelity; you have the answer to all of these problems. The future of our world; a future of beauty, goodness and truth is in your hands!
Confused? Don't be. Consider for
a moment when the perfect world God created changed.
As we journey with Christ through his Passion and
Crucifixion it is worth bearing in mind some of the little things we as human
beings are drawn to but that are contrary to God’s desire for our lives.
The intolerable pain and suffering taken on by Jesus as he
was abused, spat upon, mocked, and beaten is something we must all think about
over these next few days. Having large
nails driven into your hands and feet and being attached to a cross is
something we simply can’t imagine.
Jesus’ suffering and crucifixion was not some kind of crazy
act designed to impress.
Today’s Gospel: (John 12: 1-11)
before the Passover, Jesus went to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom he had
raised from the dead. They gave a dinner for him there; Martha waited on them
and Lazarus was among those at table. Mary brought in a pound of very costly
ointment, pure nard, and with it anointed the feet of Jesus, wiping them with
her hair; the house was full of the scent of the ointment. Then Judas
Iscariot – one of his disciples, the man who was to betray him – said,
‘Why wasn’t this ointment sold for three hundred denarii, and the money given
to the poor?
As we embark on another Holy Week we cast our hearts and minds back to Christ's persecution at the hands of his executioners. Jesus' Passion was a horrific and exhausting episode filled with hate, violence, abuse, blood and gore. All directed at one person.
The culmination of this hatred and violence was death on a cross. Left to hang in shame, to be gawped at by the very people he loved and was sent to save.
But thankfully, this death on a cross was not the end.
Gospel (Luke 9:22-25):
to his disciples: ‘The Son of Man is destined to suffer grievously, to be
rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes and to be put to death,
and to be raised up on the third day.’
Then to all he said, ‘If anyone wants to be a follower of
mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross every day and follow me.
For anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his
life for my sake, that man will save it. What gain, then, is it for a man to
have won the whole world and to have lost or ruined his very self?
Surrender and let Jesus shine out of you
(alternative) Second Reading (1 Corinthians 12:12-14,27):
'Just as a
human body, though it is made up of many parts, is a single unit because all
these parts, though many, make one body, so it is with Christ. In the one
Spirit we were all baptised, Jews as well as Greeks, slaves as well as
citizens, and one Spirit was given to us all to drink.
Nor is the body to be identified with any one of its many
parts. Now you together are Christ’s body; but each of you is a different part
Jesus was compassionate but firm in the Truth
Pope Francis, during his Sunday Angelus, has spoken about the
importance of Baptism and the role it plays in our lives. Having earlier baptised 26 baby girls and boys at
morning Mass, the pope was keen to impress upon the gathered faithful the
critical nature of this sacrament.
pope said that in Baptism the Holy Spirit "burns and destroys original sin, returning
to baptism the beauty of divine grace.”
pope then stressed the importance of following Jesus and being obedient to the
Truth whilst remaining true to Christ’s qualities of tenderness and humility.
Venerable Fulton Sheen
Isn’t it fair to say that our Catholic faith is under attack from many angles in our world today? The growth of relativism, aggressive secularism, and even attacks from within our own ranks, by people who suggest that Church teaching is wrong on certain matters.
In my own experience it is becoming abundantly clear that more and more self-proclaimed Christians (especially Catholics) are attaching less and less importance to the role of faith, and ultimately Christ, in their lives.
Ever wondered what it must be like to love everyone? We as Christians are expected to love everyone but actually doing it is something of an unsurmountable challenge for most of us. But imagine for a moment that you actually do love every single person who has ever lived, who is living, and who is to live. Imagine for a moment that one of the reasons you love all of these people is because it is you who created them. You gave each and every one of them your undivided attention in the moment you created them and you created them in such a way that they were like no other.
This is what you call 'real love'
Sunday’s Second Reading (Ephesians 4:30-5:2):
‘Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God who has marked you with his seal for you to be set free when the day comes. Never have grudges against others, or lose your temper, or raise your voice to anybody, or call each other names, or allow any sort of spitefulness. Be friends with one another, and kind, forgiving each other as readily as God forgave you in Christ.
Try, then, to imitate God as children of his that he loves and follow Christ loving as he loved you, giving himself up in our place as a fragrant offering and a sacrifice to God.