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Today's Homily Resource
St John implies that we are united with Jesus by letting him wash our feet, accepting his great act of loving service. Having accepted the gift we must embrace it as a value to practice in our lives. What Jesus does for us in his Passion shows us how to live. In some real sense, we must live like Jesus, "for" God and others...
Brendan Hoban offers a reflection on Holy Week.
"Calvary sets in consoling relief the experience of all who suffer – whether the nightmare of physical pain or the emotional trauma of significant loss or the prospect of imminent death. The human Jesus, struggling to come to terms with the reality of his predicament, echoes every human experience of suffering and of loss and reflects the complexity and confusion of emotions that attend all those caught in the slipstream of pain and loss and death."
Sean McDonagh reporting on the recent ACP leadership meeting tells us that the issue of the "New Missal" is still very much alive. "
Hopefully, the Irish Bishops will address this issue and, as a temporary solution, they will allow priests to use the 1998 translation of the Missal as suggested by the Bishop Donald Trautman."
"we appeal for a respectful and civilised debate in which the issues involved can be discussed in a calm and reasonable manner."
"For God had made two huge lights, the sun and moon, to shine down upon the earth
— the larger one, the sun, to preside over the day and the smaller one, the moon, to preside through the night;" Gen 1:16
Love, Not Atonement
Coming to Holy Week, we reflect on our Theology of the Cross, our Soteriology. This article from Richard Rohr OFM may be of interest in that reflection.
Donal Dorr offers a very practical way for the church to excercise mercy during the coming Jubilee Year of mercy announced by Pope Francis.
Is there more that we can do to prevent it being the damp squib that the Jubilee year of 2000 turned out to be?
Seamus Ahearne finds hope in the language used by Pope Francis. "He talks in a new and real language. Is it possible that our bishops have the gumption to learn from him? Have they got the backbone to listen to Francis and to Gerald O Collins? The people aren’t coming to us. When they come; let’s talk in words that they understand."
The language we use in church has to connect to the reality of people's lives. "We have to knock down the walls of a Church that uses ‘bad language’ or shouts out meaningless rules about what family is. We all have to listen and learn."
Iggy O Donovan offered his thoughts on the upcoming referendum in The Irish Times.
"The arguments crowd in on us from both sides. Much of life today is like that and we cannot off-load our troubled consciences on others, whether in church or State. We have to make our own decisions for ourselves."
Render unto Caesar
In his weekly Western People column Brendan Hoban welcomes the introduction of new regulations that will come into force governing the accounting for all church monies. These are a result of the Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA), being established by the government last October.
"While the Church for years has encouraged openness and transparency at diocesan and parish level with mixed results now the new regulations will universally enforce a new, transparent regime in every parish in Ireland."