Fifth Sunday of Easter – 29th April 2018

Make your home in me, as I make mine in you.

Gospel

To be ‘at home’ with another person conveys the sense of feeling accepted, understood and welcomed. ‘We really like one another’, could be another way of expressing the reality.

An interesting aspect of the scripture quote is that Jesus takes the initiative. ‘I’ve made my home with you,’ he says. ‘I’m at home with you.’ Now it is up to us to make it a mutual feeling.

Jesus clearly seemed to be ‘at home’ with sinners in his lifetime. Why should it be any different for us? Why not, at least, try taking him at his word and try relating with him as someone close to us, accepting, understanding and caring about us.

The challenge is that if there is some aspect of our behaviour Jesus is not comfortable with, like a good friend he will, in his own way, point it out to us.

Reflections for Sundays
God Is With Us
Michael Morwood MSC

Fourth Sunday of Easter – 22nd April 2018

‘Think of …love…lavished….children’. If we took each of these words and took a few minutes to allow them to touch our minds and our hearts we would prepare well for today’s Eucharist. It would also be a good way to allow the message of God’s word to stay with us and evoke within our hearts a thankful response.

Think of: take time, mull over , let it sink in, recall, reflect.

Love lavished: Lavished? It’s a strong word. Lavished on me?

And the reality of being loved by God as a loving parent loves a child.

We bring our awareness and our experience of this love to our Eucharist today and we give God thanks.

Reflections for Sundays
God Is With Us
Michael Morwood MSC

Third Sunday of Easter – 15th April 2018

Change yourself and you have done your part in changing the world. Every individual must change his own life if he wants to live in a peaceful world.

The world cannot become peaceful unless and until you yourself begin to work toward peace. It is only by removing hate from our hearts that we can live a Christlike life.

A Para-Gram by Paramahansa Yogananda

Easter Day – 1st April 2018

In his lifetime Jesus longed to convince people that God was with them. He asked for their conversion, a change of heart and mind, that they might be able to believe this Good News. Sadly, few people believed him.

In the Resurrection-Pentecost event a dramatic change took place. People suddenly found themselves able to grasp, understand and experience that God’s Spirit was with them. They found themselves moved to love as Jesus loved and to carry on the task he had begun.

Easter for us must celebrate not only the reality of Jesus risen 2000 years ago, but also the Spirit given us to carry on the work of Jesus. One way of understanding this is to imagine the Risen Jesus saying to each of us. ‘I rise, and live on in you.’ For Easter to have its proper impact in the Church and in our world we have to hear and believe gratefully and joyfully this truth about ourselves; He is risen. Yes. But he is still here in my heart, in my life, in my living and loving.

Reflections for Sundays
God Is With Us
Michael Morwood MSC