27.05.2023 –Becoming Heart and Centre

Posted under Reflections on May 27th, 2023 by

7th week in Easter Time, Saturday – 27th May 2023 — Gospel: Jn 21,20-25

Becoming Heart and Centre

The first reading presents the last part of Paul’s ministry, the last two years of his life, under house arrest in Rome. After hard struggle, i.e., storm, shipwreck and eventful long sea journey Paul and other prisoners reached Rome through Appian way. In Rome, Paul addressed the Jewish community about his being more faithful to the God of Jews than earlier in his life as persecutor. He asked his listeners to see Jesus as the hope of Israel. Until now, the book of the Acts of the Apostles presented to us the general picture of the extraordinary developments of the Church from a small group of uneducated fishermen to a chain of communities formed and built up systematically by zealous preachers. From being a tiny movement in Jerusalem the Church spread progressively to the surrounding territories and then on to Macedonia and Greece and ultimately to the heart of the empire and the centre of the world – Rome. Thus, the Gospel was being preached freely in the very heart of the Roman Empire. This would be the new centre from where the building up of God’s kingdom would become a reality over the centuries and expand to every corner of the world. There are many more triumphs and tragedies for the fledgling church. But to have reached Rome in such a short time was little short of miraculous.

26.05.2023 — New Meaning to Live

Posted under Reflections on May 25th, 2023 by

7th week in Easter Time, Friday – 26th May 2023 — Gospel: Jn 21,15-19

New Meaning to Live

Jesus ends his commission of Peter with the same words that began their relationships: “Follow me” (Mt 4,19). Jesus repeats this command twice to Peter (21,19.22). To follow Jesus means surrendering oneself before Him as the Lord of all, seeking His will for the direction of life, and submitting in obedience to His commands. When we do this, we’ll be prepared for death when and however it comes. After the exchange of love and acceptance between Jesus and Peter, we find that Peter’s call to follow Jesus takes on a new and deeper meaning. For the remaining decades of his life, Peter will live in the shadow of the cross, just as Jesus did. He will follow the great Shepherd, tending his flock as shepherd of Christ’s followers. And finally, he will follow Jesus in the kind of death he will suffer, and by that death, he will bring glory to God. Peter’s transformed way of life points out the great truth: The way to glorify God in our death is to follow Him while we live.

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