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21st Jan. 2018 - 3rd Sun. of Yr. B

posted 19 Jan 2018, 11:00 by Veronica Yarwood

 HB & Hw


John the Baptist goes to prison. Religious

renewal enters its end-game. And Andrew,

Peter, James and John go back to work.

Business as usual! And into their business as

usual which, of course, is fishing, steps John's

cousin Jesus.

 

Jesus, we must know, operates out of a

conscious loving relationship with God.

Intuitively, he calls Simon, Andrew, James and

John. "Follow me." "The time has come."

 

The progress of the truth, in other words, is

registered in the human terms of life,

relationships, things to do, people to see and

places to go. And this progress has the

capacity to transform great cities, our Ninevehs

and the world's way of life.

 

The progress word is 'repent'. "Repent and

believe the Good News." Be transformed.

"The time has come," Jesus says, "And the

Kingdom of Heaven is close at hand." The

present moment is sacramental. The present

moment is sacrament of real presence, the real

presence of the divine. In our Roman Catholic

spirituality we have always honoured the

sacrament of the present moment.

 

So, is there joy, ease and lightness in what we

are doing? If there isn't then time is covering

the present moment and life is perceived as a

burden or a struggle. As soon as we honour the

sacrament of the present moment, all

unhappiness and struggle dissolve, and life

begins to flow with joy and ease. When we act

out of a present- moment awareness, when we

honour the sacrament of the present moment,

whatever we do becomes imbued with a sense of

quality, care and love- even the most simple

action. It is sacred.

 

"The world as we know it is passing away."

Under grace we have reached the third phase of

our evolution. The human animal is no longer

simply the rational animal. We are into the

mystical. Like Jesus we live in conscious

 

loving union with God. The contemplative

mind, lost for so long, is being restored. We let

go and let God. We create a vacuum of the self

and like nature, God cannot stand a vacuum.

He fills our vacuum with his own glory. So far

from saying prayers, not that there is anything

wrong with saying prayers, we do it all the time,

we are becoming prayer. It does not feel holy,

or pious or holier than thou. We just are what

we are.

 

As Church we constantly undergo persecution,

defeat, martyrdom and death. We repeat the

process by which Christ achieves his victory.

We are constantly incorporated into that victory.

We are sharing the life of Christ, willing as we

are to share his death. This is the Kingdom of

God. This is the final union with God for which

we long. And our world is transported into the

very centre of heaven. It is a present reality.

It is a reality which lies in the present, not the

future. We do not deal in futures!

 

"Brothers (and sisters): our time is growing

short." "The Kingdom of God is close at

hand; believe the Good News." Mk. 1vs.15.

 

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