Archive for March, 2018

PRAYING FOR YOU THIS EASTER

March 31, 2018

I have kept all of you very much in my thoughts and prayer these days as we have spent time reflecting deeply on the death and resurrection of Jesus. The last few days have offered much time for thinking of those we love and care for. It has been my practice in recent years to pray, really pray, for all those who have ever been in my life in any way. I also pray as widely as I can for the ever growing needs of our world and indeed for the whole cosmos. I include in my prayer all those who have ever read this blog. I pray for you. Wishing you a happy Easter.

Some images in Holy Week

March 28, 2018

I have been struck in recent days by how personal and tactile the events leading to the Passion are. The single, personal relationships and interactions. The choices of each individual in their relationship with God.

Mary anoints the feet of Jesus. Jn 12

bethanyWhen I have prayed with this passage in the past I have often focused on the ointment or oil or on the ‘fragrance filling the house’. This year however, I came across this image of The Anointing at Bethany by Daniel F. Gerhartz. In it Mary is utterly focused on Jesus, and in particular on her loving action towards him. Who she is is given to Jesus fully in this moment of her life. All of her attention, all of her love. She confirms it by touch.

“It is the one to whom I give the piece of bread” Jn 13

judas1.jpgIn Tuesday’s Gospel we see Jesus acknowledging the coming betrayal by Judas and denial by Peter. These are not simply people in the crowd – they are his closest companions, the ones he judas

breaks bread with. Judas meets Jesus day after day, listens to Him, receives bread at the last supper… and yet somehow he has remained separate. He has not understood the purpose and values of Jesus, and pursues his own agenda. We don’t know his motivation, but we might recognise his action.

“What are you prepared to give me if I hand him over to you?” Mtt 26

silver

Again today, Wednesday of Holy Week the Gospel focuses on the interaction between Jesus and Judas. the image I have chosen here is of the hand FULL of silver. Who knows the reality of this interaction, but if money changed hands it was done physically. Judas felt the short term gain, perhaps convincing himself too of a higher purpose.

In the ordinary concrete interactions of my life, how am I living out and expressing my relationship with Jesus?

 

THE CHANCE TO DO A LITTLE GOOD

March 27, 2018

It is a great privilege to be able to offer help in simple ways to those who need it. Recently we were able to give some financial assistance to a young woman who is going to Hong Kong to work. Her parents are dead and she is the sole supporter of her three young siblings. Even though it is sad that she has to leave home to find work she is determined to do this to ensure that her three sisters get a good education. Last week we gave some funding to a young man who couldn’t sit his final examinations because he couldn’t pay for them. This evening we opened our house for a prayer service for a man who died tragically several days ago. The bereaved family used to live in our Basic Ecclesial Community. We are blessed to have resources and to be given donations that can be used to help others.

COMPANIONS IN MISSION – A NEW WAY OF LIVING THE CHARISM OF COMPANIONSHIP…

March 9, 2018

I recently had the great good fortune to meet a significant number of our Companions in Mission (CiM) and I was especially blessed to be present at a first commitment ceremony. It never ceases to amaze me how the Companions in Mission are living the Charism of Companionship in a totally new way – and leading us all to new understanding. When I think of the CiM I am filled with gratitude and when I remember the five new Companions in Mission it fills me with such joy!

The most important things

March 5, 2018

onionsWho is to say what is important and what isn’t? My diary for this week is full of interesting meetings and varied plans.

Yesterday though, I met a neighbour in the supermarket and we had a conversation, whilst standing by the onions, about grief and bereavement and kindness. The conversation lasted only a couple of minutes, but I guess it may turn out to be the most important thing of my week.

We spend so much time planning and being busy, and then these tiny gems of opportunity come our way in the most ordinary of situations, and we are given a choice – to recognise the value of the moment or to rush on past.