Monthly Archives May 2017

Know that I am with you always…..

We have a few ‘big’ feast days coming up several Sundays in a row.  This Sunday is the Ascension of Our Lord, next Sunday is Pentecost, and then a fortnight from now, it will be the Holy Trinity (followed by Corpus Christi, when several children will make their First Holy Communion). There is a good connection between the first three feasts I listed, namely the Ascension, Pentecost and the Holy Trinity.  The Ascension is not simply about the Resurrected Christ leaving us, but it is about His continual presence with us in a new way.  In His incarnate body, and
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The Father will Give you another Advocate

(Sixth Sunday of Easter – Year A) This Sunday’s Gospel passage gives us the final instructions and prayers that Jesus gives to His Apostles before leaving them.  He is going to leave them ‘twice’.  First he is leaving them by sacrificing Himself on the cross, then later he will leave them after His resurrection through His being taken up out of their sight in the Ascension (The feast of Ascension is on Thursday, but in NZ it is shifted to next Sunday). His parting words are a comforting reminder that though He will be leaving them, He will still be
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I am the Way, the Truth and the Life

(5th Sunday of Easter) In the Gospel according to St John, we find Our Lord had a discourse with the Apostles immediately after He instituted the Mass.  This Sunday’s Gospel (John 14:1-12) form part of this discourse.   Amongst the beautiful things He said includes the famous phrase; “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life”.   In this powerful sentence, Our Lord tells us He does not simply give direction and advice; He is personally the Way, the unique means of salvation; the way to God.  Others claim to teach the truth; only Our Lord can say ‘I am’ the
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I am the gate of the Sheepfold…

4th Sunday of Easter – Vocation Sunday (Good Shepherd Sunday) The Gospel reading for the Fourth Sunday of Easter is always about Jesus “the Good Shepherd”.  As priests are mean to me be shepherds after the heart of Christ (c.f. “I will give you shepherds after my own heart”, Jer: 3:15), the Church has traditionally asked called this Sunday ‘Good Shepherd Sunday’, a Sunday to promote vocations and to pray for more vocation to the priesthood. In the 1992 Post-Synodal Apostol Exhortation called ‘Pastores Dabo Vobis”, Pope Saint John Paul II wrote: “Without priests the Church would not be able
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