Fr Peter Gallagher SJ

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...
How are we to defend our faith?  What shall we say?  Always have your answer ready for the people who ask you the reason for the hope that you all have [1].  Questions come from inquirers for whom, by the grace of God, we can be conduits of his answer and of his welcome to them. Who is wondering about the reason of our hope?   Are there some very close to us, who do not share our faith, who venture a question from time to time?  Does another generation sometimes...
I am the gate of the sheepfold [1].  Jesus is our access to where we want to be.   He welcomes us, first, to himself.   We go in, not brushing past him, but being helped through by him.   He is gate and gatekeeper.  At this entrance there is a new beginning.  Our way to new life is the way of the Lord.  He shows us what to do.  Our saviour guides us from death to life, from lifelessness to new life.  We pass the gate of the sheepfold...
We are afflicted so that the works of God might be displayed [1]. This ‘displaying’ of the God’s goodness happens in many different ways.   Prayer, calm endurance, steady coping with the crisis of the moment, the seeking and generous giving of help: these and other responses to trouble can enable a glimpsing of the divine love and purposes.  The man born blind sought no miracle. He asked for nothing.  It was the disciples who detected a puzzle in the difficult life he...
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...
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. ...