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22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time 2018 Newsletter

 

The Path of Knowing and Following Jesus

Former Catholics and nonbelievers of every stripe who are disdainful of Christianity often know very little about Jesus, and the little they think they know can be wrong.  So they can be completely unprepared for the surprise of meeting him. The threshold of curiosity is a perfect time to explore the possibility that a personal God exists and that you can have a personal relationship with that God.   It is essential that we help people wrestle with this first, most crucial issue of a personal God.  Those who don’t believe in a personal God and the possibility of a relationship with that God will never be able to move beyond the threshold of curiosity.

 

There are three basic stages of curiosity:

1. Awareness: This is the moment when people become aware that there are more possibilities in life than they had imagined or experienced.  One such possibility could be “I can have a personal relationship with a God who loves me.”

2. Engagement:  This is when the curious person takes steps on his own to pursue his curiosity by, say, making friends with a Christian, reading about Jesus, and so on.

3. Exchange: the convert begins to experience intense curiosity.  He moves from merely listening and semi-covert examination of Christians and their faith to actively asking questions and exchanging ideas.

 

 

 

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Among all the things that Pope Francis says, what are those that most characterize his action, according to you?

I have no doubt that it is his continual reaffirmation of Jesus’ name.  This is the epicentre that he continually returns to.  More than the name of Christ, which is a title, he talks aboutJesus, which is the name that indicates the concrete person of the God-man. It is revealing that the pope asked the faithful who were gathered in St Peter’s Square not to cry out, “Francis, Francis!” but to cry out, “Jesus, Jesus!”  This is what every Christian should do. This pope has a personal relationship with Jesus, a fruit of the Spirit, and it shows.  Everyone can perceive it.  It is most certainly the fruit of a long labour, as we can see then Francis makes reference to his own conversion in the course of his life.  It is a road with some aspects that make me think of the road Monsignor Oscar Arnulfo Romero, a man and a pastor who learned and embraced a certain style of Gospel radicalness because of the circumstances he was living in.

Raniero Cantalamessa

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Go Beyond The Mind You Have

In his inaugural speech, as reported in the Gospel of Mark, Jesus announced the arrival of the Kingdom of God and thereupon he immediately called people to change: “Repent, and believe in the gospel” (MK 1:15).  The word that we typically render as “repent” is a metanoiete, a term that is based on the two Greek words meta (beyond) and nous (mind).  With the inbreaking of the Kingdom of God, we must change our attitude, our way of thinking, our perspective on things, the manner in which we see.  We have to see the world differently and in light of that new vision; we have to change the way we act.  Once we envision our own existence – and indeed the being of the entire universe – as a gift of a gracious God, we gladly resolve to give our lives away as a gift of love.  And when we do that, we find ourselves increased thirty-, sixty-, and a hundredfold, the divine life continuing to flood into us.  Once we see that Godislove, we are no longer afraid to risk the path of love.  The teaching of Jesus is all about this new vision and this summons to change.

Archbishop Robert Barron

 

Faith is above all a personal, intimate encounter with Jesus, and to experience his closeness, his friendship, his love; only in this way does one learn to know him ever more, and to love and follow him ever more.  May this happen to each one of us.

Pope Benedict XVl

 

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The Transfiguration of the Lord

The Transfiguration of the Lord on Mount Tabor came to strengthen the faith of the disciples, for trying times lay ahead: the Son of Man would be put to death and all that the human eye could see was weakness, humiliation and suffering.  Beyond the shame of the cross, however, is the light and glory of Easter, and it is this that the Transfiguration reveals.  it shows the disciples, and us, Christ’s divinity – he who is light from light – and anticipates the glory of heaven.

 

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