Fr Peter Gallagher SJ

There is no need for them to go [1].  With these words the Lord responds to the suggestion of the disciples: send the people away [2]. Forgetful of the power of Christ, his followers are tempted to think that there is no way of truly helping those who are seeking the sustenance which only he can give. Sending such seekers away seems prudent and modest.  Let them fend for themselves, while there is still time. Foraging alone they will not be in competition with everyone else....
By turning everything to their good, God cooperates with those who love him, with all those that he has called according to his purpose [1].   Our trust that the providence of God will ensure that everything will work out well in the end is linked to our deep desire to love God.   Let your love come to me and I shall live [2]. Our hope that all will turn out for the good is part of our devotion to God.  He has loved us: we long to love him back. He has created us and...
We are trying to please God.  With his help, we do as he asks.  That which we know is displeasing to him, we try to avoid.  Pleasing our creator is a lifelong task and engages our whole being. There is no god, other than you, who cares for everything [1].  There is sometimes a difficulty in giving proper weight to the Lord’s caring about all that happens.  Our remembrance of the steady divine concern is often quite dim.  However, every once in a while, our urgent...
The word that goes from my mouth does not return to me empty, without carrying out my will and succeeding in what it was sent to do [1]. Are we struck by the efficiency of God?  His word is effective.  The divine will is expressed and it is put into practice.  God commands: his creatures obey.  Guiltily we acknowledge that we, part of his creation, have not been consistently cooperative. We have heard the word and not done it.  Their ears are dull of hearing, and...
I bless you God for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to mere children [1].   Our faith is in accessible truths, which govern our life.  When we believe in God and conduct ourselves on the basis of that belief then everything is different. All’s smitten through with Him [2].   Divine teaching is revealed to us in something like the way in which children apprehend what is important.  Our coming to know, for example, that God...
Grant us, O Lord…so to live in the Church, that persevering in the breaking of the Bread and in the teaching of the Apostles, we may be one heart and one soul, made steadfast in your love [1].On the feast of the holy apostles, Saints Peter and Paul, we pray for the strength to be the Church, which Jesus founded. On this rock I will build my Church [2].  We desire to be faithful to Christ who was broken for us on Calvary and who continues to be offered in the Mass.  We seek to...
Do not be afraid.  For everything that is now covered will be uncovered and everything now hidden will be made clear [1].   Jesus reassures us that fear is banished by the truth.  God in Christ invites us to his way, truth and life [2].  He reveals his true self, inviting us to faith, imitation and a sharing of divine life.  To possess knowledge of God is to be strong in the face of that which frightens us.  The joy of sharing our understanding with others...
Deem not the whole doth more enfold / Than in the fractured part resides [1]. The sacred host might be divided but there is no division of the Lord. The body of Christ is not diminished by being shared.  The blood of Christ is poured out but not depleted.  God has come to us in all the sacraments which have ever been celebrated without being weakened by his generosity.  The gift of the undivided body and blood of Christ heals division in us.  Those who receive this...
Be united: live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you [1].  God unifies those who believe in him and helps them to live harmoniously.  In unity and peace, we find God.  He is with us but we do not capture him or own him.  We discover and re-discover him in our being unified and in our being made peaceful.  He encourages us to live united. In the interior peace, which he confers on us, he reveals himself.  God shows us something of his own unity...
Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said: Father the hour has come to glorify your Son [1]. The glory of the Lord is in his death, resurrection and ascension.  Jesus’ glory is also in all that he achieves through his followers and their many kinds of service. In them I am glorified [2] he says. In all that we do as his disciples we are in communion with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  The whole of our life, empowered by Christ, is a prayer to God.  This prayer is...

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