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posted 15 Sep 2017, 07:04 by Veronica Yarwood

 

17th Sept. 2017 – 24th Sunday of the Year

 

(After Brendan McConvery, CSsR. Scripture in Church No. 139)

 

Radical forgiveness is the hallmark of Christianity.

Radicalforgiveness reaches down into the heart, mind and spirit.

Radical forgiveness wants to transform our enemy into our

beloved friend. Peter is the first recipient of Jesus' radical

forgiveness. Peter learns about forgiveness in a deeply personal

way. Peter experiences the radical, joyful newness-of the Gospel

of forgiveness. Forgiveness liberates the sinner and it liberates

the offended. Radical forgiveness is radical freedom.

We find ourselves invited to a fundamental attitude that exclude

revenge and resentment. Caught in the cycle of revenge and

offence we live a life of bondage. Like Robbie Burns' account

of a woman sitting by the fire awaiting her husband's return

from a night out with friends, 'nursing her wrath to keep it

warm'. It is so easy to nurse our wrath in so many subtle ways,

both conscious and unconscious.

 

Forgetting, exercising a healthy control of one's memory is the

first step to forgiveness. We make room for the bigger picture

by healthy memory control. Neighbour, superior, parent, child,

teacher, pupil; whoever sins against us is set free and we are

liberated by letting the memory go. Life is too short to be

corroded with bitterness. "Remember the last things and stop

hating." (Ecc 'us: 28.7) But apart altogether from issues like

death, judgement, hell and heaven, the fact is that life is just too

short. To live in the shadow of revenge, nurturing slights and

insults, constantly on the watch to get even, is to opt for a

hopelessly limited existence that excludes true joy. Non‑

forgiveness is the ultimate in pollution of mind and heart and

will.

 

Besides, the Gospel note is one of evermore radical forgiveness.

And it is only possible when we are grasped by the mystery of

the Kingdom. We reach into the depths of the Gospel demand

and find a well of forgiveness. The power of healing is release

in us and in our community. We begin to understand the Lord

Jesus when he says, "the kingdom of heaven is like 'a story of

generous forgiveness'."

 

So "Forgiveness is the beginning, the middle and the end of

gospel life. It is the energy of being forgiven that first buoys

up. It is the experience of being forgiven. . . that renews our

flagging spirit. It is profound. (Infinite in positive possibility.)

Forgiveness is the supreme work of God for the recreation of a

things: Nothing new happens without it."
(Richard Rohr: Radical Grace)

SUMMER TIME

posted 16 Jul 2017, 07:23 by Veronica Yarwood

DUE TO SUMMER HOLIDAYS HOMILIES MAY NOT ALWAYS BE AVAILABLE

9th July 2017 - 14th Sunday of the Year A

posted 7 Jul 2017, 14:23 by Veronica Yarwood


H.B. & Hw.

 

Messianic expectations are part of the human psyche. The

evidence is in the inspired literature from the Book of

Genesis to the Book of Revelation. And so Jesus enters

Jerusalem on a colt.

Messianic expectations survive both political and religious

collapse. "When your days are fulfilled and you lie down

with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring after you,

who shall come forth from your body, and I will establish

his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I

will establish the throne of his kingdom forever." (2

Sam. 7:12-13). And so Jesus enters Jerusalem on a colt.

Our Messianic expectations are being fulfilled. The Lord

keeps his word. "The days are surely coming, says the

Lord, when I will raise up for David, a righteous Branch,

and he shall reign as king and deal wisely and shall execute

justice and righteousness in the land." (Jer. 23:5) And

Jesus' powerful victory is expressed through humility.

Jesus' self-description is 'for I am gentle and humble of

heart.' Gentleness and humility are Jesus' Messianic

credentials. We really, do have a Messiah. And Jesus

enters Jerusalem on a colt.

We note Jesus' prayer of thanks for hiding 'these things

from the wise and the intelligent' and having "revealed

them to infants" (Mall. 11:25) "These things" are the

Messianic expectations but it takes a new mind to perceive

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the meaning of "these things", of Jesus' healing ministry,

whereby the blind see, the deaf hear and the lame walk. It

means we have our Messiah right here, right now. The

proclamation to the poor and the miraculous deeds are all

the proof we need if we have the mindset for this kind of

evidence. And so Jesus enters Jerusalem on a colt.

As St. Paul reminds us, the earthbound person left to

unaided individual ability will not get the point in a month

of Sundays. Such a one will not so much have Messianic

expectations dashed; he will not even recognise his

Messianic expectations for what they really are. And we

are only liberated from such spiritual insensitivity by the

Spirit herself.

The Spirit indwells the Christian believer and this

indwelling makes all the difference. We recognise our

Messianic expectations for what they really are. We

identify and perceive the Messiah in the Lord, Jesus Christ.

Lack of reception of Jesus' Messiahship is the issue today,

as it always has been, both inside and outside the Church.

John spells out the truth for us, "But these (signs) are

written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the

Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you

may have life in his name." (John 20:31). And so Jesus

enters Jerusalem on a colt.

 

2nd July 2017 - 13th Sunday of the Year

posted 30 Jun 2017, 04:09 by Veronica Yarwood


H.B. & Hw.

 

Hospitality brings new life! For example, a woman of rank entertains Elisha and she end up with a son in her arms despite her husband’s great age.

Hospitality brings new life! We offer hospitality to the prophet Jesus and we are brought new life. The whole pattern of Jesus person, his way and his truth become ours. We are instantly plunged into his death, constantly raised by the Father’s glory and like Jesus; we too live a new life.  Hospitality brings new life!

 

So there we have it. The facts of new life, governing all of us and full of bring promise.  At once mysterious and yet utterly obvious. “Smile and the whole world smiles with you”. So the hospitality that brings new life has to do with the obvious; catering, accommodation, friendly and generous reception of guests or even strangers, cordiality, courtesy, friendliness, generosity, sociability, warmth, welcome and entertainment. Hospitality is many faceted.

Hospitality is God.

 

Indeed when we are truly hospitable we must recognise the spark of the divine – certainly when we receive hospitality we are on holy ground.

Friendliness, generosity, sociability, warmth and welcome are evidence of God’s presence.

 

Let’s not underestimate the experience of hospitality. It is of God. And it takes the eye of faith to recognise and reverence the Holy One in our midst. A simple but revered custom like the grace before meals reflects our deep Christian awareness of our all present, ever attentive God. Even a “goodnight and God bless” stems from a Christian sensitivity to the divine.

 

Remember Bishop Ambrose’s final word on the phone, “Goodbye and God Bless you”. Prayerful and powerful, releasing the influence of the Godhead, Father, Son and Spirit upon the person blessed. The Christian blessing being enclosed with the power of the divines is a force for good; forever renewed life and for love.

 

The fruit of hospitality given and received, is new life and the Lord of life and love and hospitality.

18th June 2017 - Corpus Christi

posted 16 Jun 2017, 12:44 by Veronica Yarwood


HB&Hw

It is powerful leadership and we are being led. The

logic is not obvious but if we believe we are being

led then we are being led. In all our wilderness

experience we are being led. We are being led out of

our bondage to the negative forces of selfishness and

sin. We move inexorably through the vast and

dreadful wilderness of man's inhumanity to man.

We press on through our world of fiery serpent,

scorpion and thirst and nothing is lost.

 

It is all a vast learning experience and maturation, led

on as we are by the Lord our God. We learn our

utter dependence on the Lord our God. We learn

that our hunger for life and the larger life can only be

satisfied by the Lord our God. Our thirst for all that

is good and beautiful is only slaked by the Lord our

God. Our primordial instinct is for the divine. All

we can really live with is letting go and letting God.

Anything else is fundamental frustration. We are

meant for divinity.

 

Nor are we left with nothing but the grand gesture

and the all embracing conclusions of faith on our

journey inward into life and being. We have

something far more personal, adapted to me, in this

place at this time, now. The Lord our God makes

himself\herself totally available to us in Jesus. And

Jesus says to each one of us here this morning,

"I am the living bread which has come down from

heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live for

ever; And the bread that I shall give is my flesh for

the life of the world." (Jn. 6.5 1.)

 

We are what we eat and Jesus is our viaticum,

personally present to us, most intimately at every

level of our being and living. Jesus is our

strength and our blessing. Jesus is our peace and our

nourishment, speaking to us, directing us and

teaching us.

 

The word from all this is unity. The wisdom offered

us and our humanity and humankind is unity,

perfectly consistent with our primordial instinct for

divinity. There is one God!

 

"There is only one loaf means that; though there are

many of us, we form a single body." Let's not be

narrow-minded in our interpretation. This is not first

and foremost a churchy, pious thing. This is a

humanity thing. Unite in the name of Jesus Christ

and survive. Unite in the name of Jesus Christ and

thrive both personally and communally. This is

Corpus Christi. This is solemnity of the Body and

Blood of Christ given for the life of the world.

 

11th June 2017 - The Most Holy Trinity

posted 8 Jun 2017, 12:26 by Veronica Yarwood


HB&Hw

 

"When you surrender to what is

and so become fully present,

the past ceases to have any power.

The realm of Being, which has been obscured by

the mind, then opens up.

Suddenly, a great stillness arises within you,

an unfathomable sense of peace.

And within that peace, there is great joy.

And within that joy, there is love.

And at the innermost core, there is the sacred,

the immeasurable, That which cannot be named."

Eckhart Tolle

 

That which cannot be named is certainly celebrated.

It is celebrated under the title of the Holy Trinity.

Not that God is out to confuse us. Rather, God

means to confide in us.

 

In Holy Week Jesus is the focus. At Easter the

Father raises the Son. Pentecost outpours the Spirit.

And now we have denoument and climax. We have

the feast of the Most Holy Trinity. We have the

summation, the truth that carries us through. It is the

pattern and emphasis for all our days. We celebrate

three persons, one divinity, wheeling on for ever in

deepest and ever deeper relationship of love.

 

"When the scientists of Los Alamos.... code-named

the first Atom Bomb experiment Trinity, they

parabled a stronger truth that the essential fabric of

the Universe is not within nuclei, but in the Divine

Relationship which can never be sundered to our

destruction." We may split the atom but never the

Trinity.

 

The characteristics of that Divine Relationship, that is

the essential fabric of the Universe, are revealed to

us. We are privileged and we are privy to the

characteristics of God. The seven qualities given us

in our reading from the Book of Exodus, symbolize

abundance and completeness.

 

God is merciful, gracious, slow to anger, abounding

in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast

love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and

transgression and sin. All this reveals a God who is

besotted with us, His people. Our God is a God of

love and care.

 

We live with divine affirmation. Our God is life

giver, never death dealer. SO far from judging us,

God is aware of what we are made. He knows our

weakness. And the good Father that he is, he cannot

but love. Anything else, any other reaction is a

contradiction in terms, an impossibility. Indeed,

anything else claimed by us for God is blasphemy.

And the Father guides even us into all righteousness.

Quite simply, God makes us all alright.

 

All this is verified in the Father's gift to us of Jesus,

Jesus who is our salvation and our Saviour in

person. Jesus is a life given for the salvation of the

world. Jesus is the visible face of the God of

compassion who comes and comes again, only to set

us free in mind, body and spirit.

 

And the force, and the power and the dynamic,

through, with and in all this divinity, Godhead and

Trinity is the Spirit, the Spirit of life and love. And

we are consciously living and loving, with growing

intensity in the name of the Father and of the Son and

of the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever... Amen.

 

4th June 2017 - Pentecost Sunday

posted 2 Jun 2017, 09:03 by Veronica Yarwood


HB&Hw

 

In this Pentecostal moment God is winning. God is

accomplishing the salvation of the whole of

humankind through Christ in the Spirit in the Church.

In our various tongues and voices we praise the

mighty works of the Lord, culminating, as they do, in

Jesus. We reverse the Babel episode. We unite

the nations, overcoming our tensions, divisions,

discriminations and antagonisms. We witness to and

for the Lordship of Jesus.

In this Pentecostal moment the Lord is breathing on

US, imbuing us with the Spirit and we are a new

humankind. Through, with and in Jesus, we bring

the Father's peace to our world. We take away the

sin of the world by lives of forgiveness. We live our

lives in the same Spirit as Jesus leads his. By living

within us in the Holy Spirit Jesus perfects God's

unique and mighty work of love for humankind.

 

So we are the body of Christ. Each one of us has a

vital part to play. Each functions for the benefit of

the whole. It is the Spirit who leads us. Our faith is

essentially visible, social, tangible and functional.

No one is an island in our Church family.

 

And in this Pentecostal moment we recognise our call

to service. Members of the Servant Christ we serve.

Members of Christ the light we shine out to show the

way. Through, with and in Christ we are a

sacrament and sign of our intimate union with God

and the unity of humankind. Our every thought,

word and deed makes this sign and sacrament that we

are, more visible, more tangible and more audible, at

home and abroad, locally and universally.

 

Hence the force and purpose of our Pentecostal

prayer: "Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your

faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love"

now.

 

And "Send forth your Spirit, 0 Lord,

And renew the face of the earth." (Ps. 103.30.)

Now.

 

28th May 2017 - The Ascension of the Lord

posted 26 May 2017, 11:24 by Veronica Yarwood


H.B. & 11w.

(After Richard Rohr, "Radical Grace" - P.183)

 

So we are taken to the outskirts of our experience, experience

of awe for example, fear, attitude to the dark, silence, being

alone. There we find blessing. There we find the way to

write our own Bible from experience, our feelings and our

intuition. We may even discover that Jesus is Lord. We may

even discover what it means to say, "Jesus is Lord". This is

certainly the first creed of our Church. It is symbolised by

Jesus "standing on the clouds of heaven". And the feast of

the Ascension is the feast of the Lordship of Jesus.

 

We do not experience God's power unless we let go and

allow God to be God. We do not experience the Lordship

of God unless we let go and let God. God is not God for us

unless God has primacy. No one else may be first in our

lives, not father, mother, brother, sister, husband, wife,

children, job, hobby. They have no right to be first.

"Fortunately, God is willing to wait" until we allow

her/him the primacy in our life and living.

 

So where do our hearts go when they are free? Wherever

they go, that is our god; for the moment, at least. So how

do we use our time? How do we use our money? Such

questions will come up with the answers as to who our gods

really are. And God, true God that is, waits. "God wait

like a patient but jealous lover," because God is not into

domination. Rather, the true God entices and seduces. And

God is ever so patient.

 

And the Lord ascends into primacy through our experience,

feeling and intuition. We know from our deepest

experience that there is no other. All the others have

collapsed, let us down or disappeared. We feel it in our

bones, in our deepest depths, those depths entered in the

silence of prayer and all alone. And the greatest intuition

dawns: Jesus is Lord. We say it and we pray it. We

believe it and confess it. Jesus is Lord and has ascended

into primacy. Jesus the Lord is our personal alpha and

omega. There is no other. Jesus is Lord.

 

21st May 2017 - 6th Sunday of Easter

posted 21 May 2017, 11:55 by Veronica Yarwood


H.B. & Hw.

 

Our mission is universal. It is the mission of Jesus.

We proclaim good news to the ends of the earth.

Our message is all inclusive. Baptism is for all, be

it by water, blood or desire. The gift of the Spirit is

innate to humanity, activated and mobilised by

faith. And like Jesus we welcome all, even the

outcast, even the sinner we all are. It is the logic of

divine equality. All are loved by God and all are

Spirit guided. And when all comes to all, "this

diversity of thought, culture, lifestyle and

perspective" is total enrichment. It is God's power

at work. It is the Spirit who blows where she wills,

evoking life upon life, joy and gratitude in all.

Nothing and no one excluded!

Our mission is universal. It is the mission of Jesus.

Jesus' mission is suffering, dying and rising to new

life in the Spirit. Our mission is suffering, dying

and rising to new life in the Spirit. Such is the way

of transformation. We suffer, die and rise through,

with and in Jesus. This reality is integral to a full

life, a whole life and the divine life. It is the cost of

the crown. It is life's rhyme and reason, the innate

pattern, how the dance is danced. We see it in

nature, we see it throughout the creation, the cycles

and the centuries. And we are people of hope, joy

and gratitude in and for this life.

 

Jesus endorses this vision and good news. He

promises not to leave us orphans. Indeed, he sends

the Spirit of truth. And this is his promise and this

is his return and this is his fulfilment of the good

news. We are not into rewards and punishment

regimes. We are into grace, super-life, freely given

to all, in all times and in all places. It is not so

much a question of the 'where' of life, more a new

consciousness, now. And it is heaven all the way

to heaven.

We now share in the union between Jesus and the

Father. This is why life is precious and good and

worth living, no matter what! We are pro-life. We

share in a bond of love that offers us nothing short

of God's very own life. New relationship!

"Abiding presence of the Lord with us!" How can

we do any other than tell the world about this, be

prophetic and carry out our Jesus mission? It is

joy. It is hope. It is thanksgiving and it is love in

union with God in Christ. What more can we ask?

Our every prayer is already answered. We are

mission people. We are mission Church, through

Jesus, who like us, lives with the Father in the

Spirit now and forever and ever.

 

14th May 2017 - 5th Sunday of Easter A

posted 14 May 2017, 06:11 by Veronica Yarwood

 

H.B. & Hw.

Responsibility. And we are responsible. We are responsible

for salvation. That is to say, the delivery of security, freedom

and happiness for all. No longer listeners, we are doers of the

Gospel, working with the Lord of all salvation. There can be

no sleeping partners in the Church, ever. We are family in

company wih Jesus and called to service. No exceptions. No

exemptions1'he formally appointed cannot function without

our recognition, reception and co-operation. We are talking

solidarity. We are talking community and family. The Lord's

way of salvation and transformation for all.

 

So we build ourselves into that spiritual edifice which is

Christian community and Church. It takes wisdom, planning,

energy, patience and a sense of purpose. It takes shelter,

development and durability. There is no cheap salvation. No

shortcuts. We are here for the long haul. No distractions and

total care. We live the Gospel. We follow the way revealed to

us by the Father. It is living, dying and rising with Jesus in the

Spirit, each in his/her own context and the context of the whole

community. We are in constant receipt of divine revelation.

We give back to God the divine gift of adoration and praise.

And we give thanks to God for deliverance from darkness and

death and deliverance into life and light. Ours is a royal

priesthood. We are managers of our world, God's stewards,

prophets proclaiming the mighty works of the Lord of our

salvation.

 

So God calls us into divine light. We receive divine light. We

make our community dwelling into home and temple. Here we

contemplate and live in constant loving union with God. We,

though many, countless even, 'dwell', 'remain' and 'stay' with

our Father through Jesus in the Spirit. From Jesus' departure,

place preparation and return, we understand the paradox. The

Lord stays with us always. Indeed, through death and

resurrection, Jesus is with us, through us, in us and closer to u

than we are to ourselves.

 

So the universe is our home with our God and Father. Mini‑

mystics and visionaries in faith we may be through God's free

gift but gifts, however sacred and mysterious, are still for

sharing. And called into wonderful, divine light and life, we

are commissioned to move from contemplation to action. To

do Jesus' work and even greater works. "Through Jesus in the

Spirit, the Father ordains us all to co-operate with him in doing

the works" that complete the creation. With the Father,

through Jesus and in the Spirit we are artisans of the new

creation. We realise and fulfil what is innate. As individuals

and community, we fulfil and become all we are meant to be,

in the image and likeness of God. It's our responsibility. And

this is salvation.

 

 

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