Fr. Paul Maloney, O.S.A. has scheduled FIVE introductory lessons for anyone who might be interested in learning a simple method of Christian Meditation. These will take place in the North Harbour Parish Centre on consecutive Thursdays, with the option of a morning or evening session. The cost will be $5:00 per session (with a pensioner’s concession of $3:00).
Commencing August 31st: through / Sept. 7th / Sept. 14th / Sept 21st. / to Sept. 28th.Thursday Mornings: from 10:30 - 12:00. Thursday Evenings: from 7:30- 9:00 pm.
“Meditation is in essence a way of learning to become fully awake, fully alive and yet still”
Blessed are the catechists who
listen to their students,
especially the ones with repeated questions,
for they possess The Ears of CHRIST.
Blessed are the catechists who
see the needs of their students,
especially the ones unrecognized by others
for they possess The Eyes of CHRIST.
Blessed are the catechists who
speak kindly to their students,
especially the ones without positive motivation,
for they possess The Mouth of CHRIST.
The Romans are being taught about a new type of God...one that loved us sinners so much that "while we still were sinners Christ died for us."
What a God!
Not only this, but Christ's action brings us to share the glory of God.
What a gift!
How thankful, joy filled and praise offering is our community...blessed to know all this?
Timothy needed reassurance that his community was on the right track, amid persecution from unbelievers and amid controversies and competing theologies within the community.
His advisor reminds him to have courage because it is God who called him (and us) to proclaim the Gospel, "not according to our works, but according to God's own purpose and grace."
God's grace will be enough.
Some people interpret the myriads of laws governing the right celebration of liturgy too narrowly. They think that they restrict and constrain. While a mechanical approach to liturgical law may well seem like this, there is a different intention about why we have so many laws.
When liturgical law is kept to the letter but without its spirit, without any pastoral concern ? then the law does no service to the people. The ritual is reduced to mere rubrics with no life, and people have a right to complain about such application of the law. On the other hand, when liturgical law is almost completely disregarded, then we run a high risk of the liturgy becoming the captive of a few people in the community.
1. In this section of the Sermon on the Mount Jesus proposes standards that go beyond external ways of behaviour but challenge how we feel in our hearts. When have you found that living out of inner conviction is more lifegiving than keeping up appearances?
2. Jesus applies his teaching to feelings of anger and sexual desire. He suggests that if we do not keep an eye on our feelings and thoughts
3. Perhaps you have experienced the truth of this. What has helped you to integrate your feelings so that you were able to live in right relationship with yourself and others - we will not be able to control our actions.
4. For Jesus persons with genuine authenticity do not need to swear an oath to be convincing. Their "yes" or "no" suffices. Recall people who had this kind of credibility for you. When have you found that your simple, direct and honest communication had a positive persuasive force?
In Matthew's Gospel, Joseph is the main protagonist, while Luke's story of the birth of Jesus centres on Mary and her response.
There are significant differences between the two accounts which can be understood as reflecting the particular theological perspective of each author and the way each seeks to point to the identity of Jesus and address the concerns of their communities.
Did you notice that there is no stable in Matthew's account of Jesus' birth? Jesus is born at the home of Joseph and Mary who live in Bethlehem. Look at the birth stories in Luke (1-2) and in Matthew (1-2) and see who visits the infant Jesus.
In Palestine, the betrothal period was akin to our sense of engagement but was somewhat more binding.
The couple is considered married but have not yet come to live together. An indiscretion of this nature requires a formal divorce and thus public knowledge.
As we move into prayer on the passage, we move from consideration of the mystery of how 'God with us' was revealed to the world in the person of Jesus 2,000 years ago, to a reflection on how we become aware of 'God with us' now in our daily lives.
1. In response to the question of John, Jesus let his actions speak for him. Some people show by the way they live what it means to be a follower of Jesus. Who has given you such an example? Perhaps there have been times when you have done the same for others.
When the entrance procession reaches the sanctuary space and the ministers have made their reverence of the altar, the presider approaches the altar and kisses it. We are occupied with singing the entrance hymn, so we probably don?t pay too much attention to this profound gesture. Yet it is fraught with meaning.
For many it seems as though liturgy unfolds the same way week after week except for the obvious changes in the readings, homily, and music. In fact, each liturgy offers many choices for celebration. The choices we make about liturgy help us to climb the mountain of holiness and have a clearer vision of God's will for us.
Assembly: Obviously, the basic choice for each person is simply deciding to come to Mass. Beyond this, each of us must choose to participate fully, actively and consciously. This means that we surrender ourselves to God's transforming action during the liturgy. We join our voices with others in singing God?s praises. We actively listen to the instruction in God's ways. We enter deeply into the prayer of the liturgy. Perhaps the most persistent choice is to remain focused on the prayer at hand, gently bringing ourselves back to attention whenever our minds wander.
28 November 2010 First Sunday of Advent
Advent has a past, present and future dimension. We look back to the events of Bethlehem when Christ first entered the world; we reflect on Christ's presence today and we look forward with joy to the future coming of Christ.
1 The 'coming of the Son of Man' can be applied to the end of the world, to the moment of death, or to any moment of grace. We are not given advance notice as to when any of these will happen, so the message is to be alert and ready. When have you found that your alertness meant that you were able to receive an unexpected grace (e.g. take an opportunity which presented itself or respond to a hint from another person that you might easily have missed, etc.)
All baptised people are called to be leaders in advancing Christ?s Kingdom. This is our common vocation as disciples and stewards.
How are you responding to this call?
Christ our King was a shepherd, a steward, and a servant leader. We too, as good stewards of our vocations, must lead others to Christ in the same way, by lovingly and humbly serving
1 Today?s feast puts before us Jesus who never used power to his own advantage. Whom have you known who used power for the benefit of others rather than for their own selfinterest?
When have you used power in this way?
For months now we have been travelling with Jesus through the proclamation of Luke?s gospel. This festival of Christ the King is the last Sunday and culmination of the whole liturgical year. Next Sunday we begin Advent and thus begin again yet another paschal mystery journey through a liturgical year.