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The sisters sent this message to Jesus, ‘Lord, the man you love is ill.’ On receiving the message, Jesus said, ‘This sickness will not end in death but in God’s glory, and through it the Son of God will be glorified.’ [1] The world is sick.  As we pray during this trouble, we remember the creator’s love for us and for all that he has made. With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption [2]. Jesus reassures us that this sickness will not end in death.  Whatever happens,...
I thirst [1], cried out Jesus just before he died.  Give me a drink [2].  The Lord asks for the help of those whom he has come to help.  It was about the sixth hour [3].  From the heart of his passion comes the cry I thirst.  Jesus thirsts for the salvation of the world.  If you only knew what God is offering, and who it is that is saying to you: Give me a drink [4].  We are slow to recognise our saviour on the cross and elsewhere. I wonder if he is the Christ...
When they raised their eyes they saw no one but only Jesus [1].   Lent focuses our attention on Christ.  We prepare to commemorate his passion, death and resurrection.  Others help us to see him properly.  He himself directs us to the service of others.  In the end, however, everyone else is unified in him.    He is in everyone who is served, even the least of his brothers and sisters [2].   Those who teach us and help us in our faith are...
This reflection is by Fr David Stewart SJ, National Director of the Pope's Global Prayer NetworkMarch’s Intention of the Holy Father, offered to the whole church and all people of good will through his own worldwide prayer-group, coincides with the 40th anniversary this month of the assassination of Saint Oscar Romero. It comes also as we suffer with the people of China, devastated by the outbreak of the Corona virus; innocent lives shattered, so many lives lost. The Pope asks us to pray this...
You must worship the Lord your God and serve him alone [1].  Lent invites us to prepare for Easter by focusing on God alone.  The season is modelled on Jesus’ readying himself in the desert for his mission: he fasted for forty days and forty nights [2].  New life is promised us in the resurrection.  We are the children of God whom he rescues from death.  Jesus Christ will cause everyone to reign in life [3].  The prayer, penance and almsgiving of Lent are a life-...
If anyone orders you to go one mile, go two miles with him [1].  Jesus has invited us to join him on his road.  We, his disciples, follow him as generously as we can.  We ask his help to keep up with him.  We have thrown in our lot with him: you belong to Christ [2].  We listen for his orders.  He does not deceive us about the difficulty of our covering the miles with him.  However he assures us that to walk with him will lead to happiness forever. ...
Train me to observe your law, to keep it with my heart.[1] God teaches us to obey his commands and to do so with our heart.  We are to be law-abiding not reluctantly but with a love of the law. We also love the law-giver who schools our heart to make us observant of the letter and the spirit of his law.  Speak, Lord your servant is listening: you have the message of eternal life [2].   Our creator is communicating with us and showing us how to conduct ourselves. We are...
You are the light of the world [1]….your light must shine [2] for people to see.   There can be some resistance in us to the Lord’s encouragement to us allow others to have a clear vision of our faith in him.  We know that Jesus expects us to share the good news of him by word and action but we are nervous of doing so.  Our heart should be steadfast, trusting in the Lord [3] but we are daunted by what might be required of us by this task.  Even Saint Paul sometimes...
Watch the latest Pope Video herePOPE FRANCIS’S PRAYER INTENTION FOR FEBRUARY - reflection by Fr David Stewart SJAn urgent and tragic aspect of human life today is the suffering of millions of our brothers and sisters who have been forced to become refugees. A particularly harrowing dimension of this tragedy is illegal human trafficking. In his prayer Intention for February, Pope Francis asks us to confront this reality that faces contemporary humanity, asking us to “Listen to the Migrants'...
As disciples of Christ we have an agenda. There are some important things we must do. There is a ‘bucket-list’ quality about these goals: we should do them before we die.The details of this agenda are summed up in our ambition to receive Jesus into our life and to share him with others.  He, as a little child, entered the temple in Jerusalem very discretely.  Yet this was God taking possession of his house. O gates, lift up your heads, grow higher ancient doors.  Let him enter...

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