shine in the world like bright stars
are offering it the word of life.’ (Ph2:15-16)
Today’s Gospel acclamation is a beautiful
summary of our mission as Christians. At
a time when Christianity - despite being on the rise worldwide - is gradually being
eroded across the western world, this little piece of scripture is a timely
reminder of our call to evangelise.
By evangelising and spreading the Gospel, as
instructed to by Christ himself, we aren’t simply passing on a simple
historical message in order to preserve it and keep it going for as long as possible.
Pope Francis, during his weekly general audience, has slated
those who turn their backs on the poor, suggesting that their ignorance means
that they despise God.
The pope stressed that in the poor “we find Jesus himself:
whatever you did to the least brothers of mine, you did to me”.
The message is clear: we are called to wake up to the plight
of the poor and to make sure we never ignore them. I recall one of Pope Francis’ early comments
on the poor. He said that we must get
close to them as Jesus did, and touch their wounds.
During Wednesday’s General Audience Pope Francis reminded
the gathered that Friday 13 May is the memorial of Our Lady of
Fatima, stressing the importance of paying heed to Mary’s words not to offend
God any more than we already have and to focus our hearts and minds on
abandoning ourselves to God’s love and mercy.
The pope said: “In this apparition, Mary invites us once
again to prayer, penitence and conversion. She asks us to offend God no more….She
warns all humanity of the need to abandon itself to God, the wellspring of love
Sunday’s First Reading (Acts 7: 55-60)
‘Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and
saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at God’s right hand. ‘I can see heaven
thrown open’ he said ‘and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.’ At
this all the members of the council shouted out and stopped their ears with
their hands; then they all rushed at him, sent him out of the city and stoned
him. The witnesses put down their clothes at the feet of a young man called
Saul. As they were stoning him, Stephen said in invocation, ‘Lord Jesus,
receive my spirit.
this be one of the most important words in the life of the Church today?
One thing above all else struck me in reading Pope Francis’
recent exhortationAmoris Laetitia. It is the call to accompaniment. While we are well aware of our call to love
and to be merciful towards all people, do we know how to achieve this? Think about those who live in ways or
relationships that do not entirely accord with God’s divine plan, such as
same-sex unions, cohabitation and the divorced and remarried.
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘If anyone loves me, he will
keep my word.’
This very short excerpt from Sunday’s Gospel is so simple, yet
it is jam packed with significance.
Read over Jesus’ quote ten times.
Do you love Jesus?
Pope Francis heard Confessions in the days leading up to the Mass
Pope Francis has given a lesson in love and freedom during
his homily at the Jubilee Mass for Young People in Rome.
The Pope, speaking to thousands of youth in St Peter’s
Square, said that Jesus himself declared that Christians would be known “by the
way they love one another.” The Pope
continued saying, “love, in other words, is the Christian’s identity card.”
The Pope then tackled the meaning of love, stating that love
is something you give.
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.
Pope Francis welcomes some of the migrants to Rome
Pope Francis has once again thrust the Catholic Church into
the spotlight; this time by bringing a group of twelve Syrian migrants from the
island of Lesbos to live in Rome. The
families travelled with the pope back to Italy after he made a visit to the
small Greek island last weekend. It is
understood the three families, all Muslim, were fully prepped for the move
ahead of the pope’s visit.
The finer details of how all of this will pan out remain to
be seen, but the gesture itself is one of great love and generosity on the part
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.