Fr Tom Lavin
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Reflections with permission from Intercom Magazine
Sunday, 27 May 2018
Seeing Your Life Through The Lens Of The Gospels
1.It is time for Jesus to return to his Father. He meets his disciples for the last time. His final words give them direction for their future. Perhaps you can recall such parting moments in your own life – leaving home, school, college, training, the death of a loved one. What was that like for you? Were there words spoken then that gave you direction for your future?
2.Perhaps you can identify with Jesus in the story, when as a parent, teacher, or in some other way you sent someone on his or her way in life, knowing you would not be with them as in the past. When did the way in which you parted help the other to make his or her own way in life?
3.Jesus told his disciples that although he would not be with them as in the past, he would be with them in a new way right throughout their lives. Have there been times when you were reassured by the love and support of another even though they were not physically present with you?
4.On parting from his disciples, Jesus gave them a mission for the future. Where, when and how did you get a sense of the meaning and purpose of your own life? How does that sustain you now? Is there any way in which that purpose ties in with the mission given to the eleven to spread the good news?
5.Jesus promised to be with his disciples until the end of time. It is a promise he would fulfil through the gift of the Holy Spirit. That promise is also given to us. What helps you to be aware of the presence of the Holy Spirit with you on life’s journey?
John Byrne osa
For the light of the sun in the sky.
For the light which shines through the window.
For the light that shines early in the morning.
For the light that shines late in the evening.
We give God thanks and praise.
The Family Prayer Book (Veritas 2013)
The Deep End: Relational beings
Three years ago this week, Pope Francis issued his encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home. In it, he calls for action to halt the destruction of the planet, arguing that preserving our natural environment should be an essential part of the Church’s mission. The word ‘creation’ has a broader meaning than just nature or our world; it has to do with God’s loving plan in which the earth itself and every creature has value.
But why are we talking about the environment on this, the feast of the Most Holy Trinity? Well, in Laudato Si’, Pope Francis tells us that the Trinity is embedded in all of creation. Just as God is a communion, every one of God’s creatures is relational, and the world a web of relationships. ‘The Trinity has left its mark on all creation,’ says Pope Francis. The implication of this is that we are all connected, we all share a common home, and we have a duty to protect and care for all that belongs to God. We need to become more aware of how our lifestyles affect both the earth and others, particularly those on the margins of society, and to consider also whether our actions are fair to future generations.
Let us pray today, with Pope Francis:
wondrous community of infinite love,
teach us to contemplate you
in the beauty of the universe,
for all things speak of you.’
Athlone, Co Roscommon