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Gospel Reflection 2018

The Palm Sunday gospel reading is a meditation on how we have contributed, actively or by omission, to the suffering and crucifixion of others, but also how we can look to bring the hope of resurrection to others by adopting the kind of compassion, kindness and encouragement which Jesus proclaimed and for which he lived and died, writes Christian Brother Julian McDonald.

Br Julian McDonald cfcThe point of today’s gospel reading for us is that to become the people Jesus invites us to be, we have to die to whatever it is that clutters our lives and stifles growth, writes Christian Brother Julian McDonald. 

Br Julian McDonald cfcJesus was the incarnation of God’s love in the world. As followers of Jesus, our role is to make God’s love tangible wherever we live and work, writes Christian Brother Julian McDonald.

Br Julian McDonald cfcThis Sunday's gospel reading invites me to ask myself when was the last time I was prepared to raise my voice in protest at the way in which elected governments treat refugees and asylum-seekers, or engage in arms trade with other governments involved in ethnic cleansing, or are unwilling to curtail the sale of guns, writes Christian Brother Julian McDonald. I am confronted to ask myself what has fallen off my moral radar screen.

Br Julian McDonald cfcLent is an insistent invitation to us allow our lives to be transfigured by the God who dwells within us, so that we, in our turn, can become agents of transfiguration in the lives of everyone we meet, writes Christian Brother Julian McDonald.

Br Julian McDonald cfcLent provides an invitation and an opportunity for each of us to reflect on our mission as followers of Jesus, to decide on what we might need to embrace and from what to turn aside if we, too, like Jesus, are to live with integrity, writes Christian Brother Julian McDonald.

Br Julian McDonald cfcThe risk and the price of taking this Sunday's gospel to heart is that in some situations, including and welcoming the “lepers” of our modern world may lead to our being excluded, writes Christian Brother Julian McDonald.

Friday, 02 February 2018 19:01

Where have I touched the face of God?

Br Julian McDonald cfcThis Sunday's Gospel invites us to pause and reflect on the opportunities of touching the face of God that come to us every day of our lives, writes Christian Brother Julian McDonald. "In what experiences in the last twenty-four hours of my life was I aware of touching the face of God? How might the quality of my life change if I were to take time at the end of each day to reflect on where I have encountered the divine?"

Br Julian McDonald cfcJesus' teaching authority emanated not from his power to enforce anything on anybody, but rather from his ability to inspire others and bring out the best in them. It came from his compassion and from his ability to empathise with the people with whom he engaged, writes Christian Brother Julian McDonald.

Br Julian McDonald cfcThis Sunday's Gospel gives us a very real example of how the normal, everyday, concrete experiences of life don’t have to be a threat to faith.  Sometimes faith is an extension of those experiences, writes Brother Julian McDonald.

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