29th of November, First Sunday of Advent time
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke (10, 21-24).
If we experiment days when all is fine, we experiment tougher days, too. Future becomes suddenly a source of anguishness and doubts. The temptation is to look for signs to understand, interpret or accept what is happening to us. Who has never searched for signs before undertaking something important? The Mankind has always looked for those signs. We know, for ourselves, our relatives and entire people across the world, the matter of these signs and how they can help us to keep hope, to stand firm and to live.
We begin time of Advent and even the texts soundslike a word for time of crisis, a Sunshine in the middle of the storm or like a resounding word of hope: a world ends, another one begins.
Advent leads us to Christmas, but it is not only a period for preparing this event.
It is a time to combine past, present and future: Christ was, Christ is here, Christ will come again! God made Himself man. Time is to raise our heads up and to stay awake to find the signs of the Kingdom of God in our lives.
15th of November, 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark (13, 24-32).
This extract from the Gospel has such a current echo. So many Christians are persecuted all over the world, especially in the Middle East, in Irak and in Syria. When Mark wrote his gospel the first Christian communities were persecuted by the Romans.
But Mark, and through his words Jesus, invites us to look at the Cross. For three days, Jesus Christ, the true sun disappeared. But He reappeared and triumphed of death on the Easter morning. Since this day, Christ is eternally alive in the glory of the Father. So we have to witness this victory. And if Jesus talks about the choosen ones it is only to stimulate our Faith and so to become better disciples.
Though we are more focused by global issues and our daily personal problems, let’s try to recognise the signs of an up-coming spring, such as a blooming fig tree. Each time share, forgiveness, hope and love are blooming, Jesus is here.
Jesus is our present and our future. Love will never pass away.
1st of November, All Hallows Days.
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew (5, 1-12)
The Beatitudes are the treasure of the Gospel and the autoportrait of Jesus. Why? Because each episode of the New Testament can be enlightened by one of these words of Jesus. They show us Jesus as a meek, merciful, poor in spirit and a peacemaker man.
For this Holy Year of Mercy we should learn and apply this blessing: “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” Let’s wonder which other parts of the Gospel seem to be enlightened by this sentence? How many saints embodied it and how many persons in our daily life still embody it?
For this Sunday of All Hallows we may meditate this other beatitude: “for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.” The Beatitudes opens us the gates of the Kingdom and shows us the path of our own holiness. To become a saint there is no objective to achieve. God expects us to let Him fulfill our lives and to become the face of poorness in spirit, comfort, meekness, mercy, pureness in heart and peace.
25th of October, 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark (10, 46-52)
The son of Timaeus can not bear it anymore. The crowds just pass in front of him without seeing him. He is sat by the roadside, life is swarning all around. But nothing happens in his own life. As a blind person, he can not see the day light neither taste the joys of the daily life. Bartimaeus is three times excluded. He has become invisible, unblinking and unmoved. He is unhappy because he has expected something better of life.
Once he has heard that Jesus is in Jéricho, he does not want to miss a meeting. He screams his misery of life but also his trust and his faith: “Son of David, Jesus, have pity on me”.
Touched by his prayer, Jesus calls him and invites him to give up his sadness. Bartimaeus recovers his eyesight thanks to the light which gets out from the tumb on the Easter morning. Then, he is allowed to follow him just after this healing. Only the Risen can fulfil his lacks and only the Risen can enlighten his life.
This meeting in Jéricho lightens our daily life. There are events which have to be considered and contemplated with the light of Faith and the Resurrection of Christ. The Gospel can heal me from my own blindness. Today, like 2000 years ago in Jericho, Jesus meets us by the roadside and calls us to a whole new life. Let’s open our eyes!
18th of October 2015, 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark (10, 35-45)
Reflections on the Sunday’s Gospel
The Gospel shows us the disciples James and John who demand Jesus for the best seats in the Kingdom. The others are outraged against James and John, moreover, they are jealous. They say, as we do quite often: “Why not us, why not me? O Lord, why do You not grant me what I want?” But Jesus does not react as his disciples. He knows what is in Mankind’s heart. And that is why he wants to change our perspectives. Jesus wants us to understand that power, as domination and crushing, should not be among his disciples, among us and among all the men. This change happens on the Cross, when Jesus is surrounded by two thieves. The cup he drinks is the one of his Passion, and then it will lead Jesus to the Kingdom.
What does this extract from the Gospel tell us? What does it mean for us?
Firstly, the law of the strongest is abolished by the law of the servant. To come into the Kingdom, to live the everlasting life Jesus promised us, we must put love at the centre of our lives. Like Jesus, we must become servants. Secondly, this extract is a call to a daily conversion. It is a call to trust in God and to ask Him what is important for us, as disciples of Jesus Christ: to have opened hearts to His word and His love and to the poorest of us. It is in loving God and our neighbour that we can take part in the everlasting life. That is why we should ask God to teach us how to love better and better every day of our lives. In this Mission Sunday, Pope Francis asks us to be missionaries to claim the Good News to all those who have never heard it and never met God. Let’s beg the Lord to grant us hearts opened to service, daring and mission. And let’s go!
We propose you a new initiative to grow up in Faith through this Sunday’s Gospel Review. We warn this review do not replace Father Allan’s homilies. This review is here to help us to understand and to meditate Sunday’s Gospel better. But we prefer to let speak our Popes about it.
“There is an urgent need for the emergence of a new generation of apostles anchored firmly in the word of Christ, capable of responding to the challenges of our times and prepared to spread the Gospel far and wide. It is this that the Lord asks of you, it is to this that the Church invites you, and it is this that the world – even though it may not be aware of it – expects of you!” Benedict XVI
“Everyone should carry a small Bible or pocket edition of the Gospels and should find at least a few minutes every day to read the word of God.” Pope Francis
May this initiative bring fruits and support our Faith!