Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Catholic Reflections 606 : Homily Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year A - Sunday, May 14, 2017

Homily Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year A - Sunday, May 14, 2017

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD

         First Reading: Acts 6:1-7

         Psalm: Ps 32:1-2. 4-5. 18-19. “Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.

         Second Reading: 1 Peter 2:4-9

         Gospel: John 14:1-12

 

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Happy Mother's Day to all mum's as we here in Australia celebrate Mother's Day. Different parts of the world celebrate mother's Day on different dates in the year, but whatever date it is celebrated, it is no coincidence that Christ used the image of an unconditionally loving parent to describe an essential characteristic of God's nature. What better example of unconditional love can be witnessed than the love of a Mother or a Father for their cherished child. Christ wants us to know and expereince the deep and abiding love that God has for us, in calling us God's daughters and sons.  This weekend we pray for all Mother's that they may be blessed for their goodness, kindnessand self-forgetting love.

To describe Jesus said those famous words…  I am the Way, the Truth and the Life…..    which also could be said as…  I am the ROAD, the TRUE Path and the meaning of truly and fully living….. 

 
Robert Frost, in his poem "The Road Not Taken," tells about a decision he made:
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
 
During the Last Supper, Thomas and the other disciples were stunned into silence when Jesus announced he must leave them. Thomas asked for direction on how to get where Jesus was going. Tenderly, Jesus answered, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life."
Like Thomas, if we follow Jesus and live according to the values and principles he lived by…..  and do what Jesus has done, we too will have truth and life; we will be at home with him and the Father.
 
The road we choose to take must be one of faith. To travel the faith road, we must live lives which are “turned to God,” – that is, dependent upon him for all that we do. Jesus has said that if we have faith in him, we have faith in the Father, for he and the Father are one.
Jesus has promised us that with faith we will be able to do his works. The works of the Father through Jesus were to teach, heal, and comfort.
They were the works of helping to discover truth, life, and love.
When we do these works, we can say with Jesus, "It is the Father who lives in me accomplishing his works."
 
The road of faith is not travelled by everyone. The road of Jesus is not the road taken by those who live by the ways of the world……. 
It is certainly a road less travelled…..  so we ought never be afraid that we are diverging down a path that is not the ‘trendy’ path, not the common way of responding to the events of life or the action of others…….  
But the choice to follow this road will make all the difference.
it is good for us this week to spend some time reflecting on our lives and our path…..   


How is the road of faith easy for you?


How is it difficult for you?


•     How do you feel when you make a decision that is different from that of your group of friends or different from the common direction that our present society tends to take…..? How does it feel to go down the road less travelled?
 
WHEN WE leave behind our selfishness, (we follow Jesus as the way, the truth, and the life).


When we overcome our fear, (we follow Jesus as the way, the truth, and the life).
When we welcome the coming of Jesus daily in our life,
When we choose a path of mercy and compassion and respect when the world around us advises retribution, the survival of the fittest and ‘every man for himself’  …. 
 
When we take the risk to love and trust others,
(we follow Jesus as the way, the truth, and the life).
 
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
 
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REFERENCES:
 
·          FR. PAUL W. KELLY
·          Celebrating the Gospels.  By Gaynell Cronin.
 
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Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year A

The Lord be with you.
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Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins,
and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.
Lord Jesus, you raise us to new life: Lord, have mercy// //Lord Jesus, you forgive us our sins:Christ, have mercy//Lord Jesus, you feed us with your body and blood:Lord, have mercy//
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Memorial Acclamation

When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup, we proclaim your Death, O Lord, until you come again.

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Preparation of the Gifts
Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the bread we offer you: fruit of the earth and work of human hands, it will become for us the bread of life.
       Blessed be God for ever.

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the wine we offer you: fruit of the vine and work of human hands, it will become our spiritual drink.
       Blessed be God for ever.
Pray, brothers and sisters, that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God,
the almighty Father.
     May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands, for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his holy Church.

Easter IV p.26

Euch prayer III p.58

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Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord.
  Alleluia, Alleluia !




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