Monthly Archives: May 2016

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Corpus Christi Sunday

This Sunday the Church celebrates the feast of Corpus Christi, which means The Body and The Blood of Jesus Christ. We remember gratefully the mysterious selfgift of Jesus in the Eucharist. The Gospel passage describing the multiplication of bread gives us a foretaste of the spiritual food, which Jesus instituted in the form of bread and wine, at the verge of his ministry, to those who would be spiritually hungry.

The narration of the multiplication of bread is more than a miraculous act of Jesus: “… taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, Jesus said the blessing over them, broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. They all ate and were satisfied. And when the leftover fragments were picked up, they filled twelve wicker baskets” (Luke 9:1617). More than the feeding of the people, this miracle shows the abundance of God’s love to the extent of everyone’s satisfaction.

The Lord offers the same abundance of his love to all those who participate at the Eucharistic table, in order to satisfy their spiritual hunger. In his Encyclical Letter Ecclesia de Eucharistia (Church of the Eucharist), Pope St. John Paul II states in n.16: “The Eucharist is a true banquet, in which Christ offers himself as our nourishment”. The believers are truly nourished by the Body of Christ, in the form of bread, broken for the salvation of the world and by the Blood of Christ, in the form of wine, poured out to seal our covenantal relationship with God. The Lord of the banquet, thus, provides an opportunity for bonding, intimacy and communion here and now in the sacred meal.

The Holy Eucharist is the true Sacrament of love and communion. While contemplating, on this feast of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, we have a duty to offer God’s love towards all our brothers and sisters. The Eucharistic mystery inspires us to commit ourselves to a service of charity towards our neighbors for building up a more just and fraternal world.

God bless you,

Fr. Arul Joseph V.

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Understanding the role of the Holy Spirit!

Today we celebrate the feast of Pentecost, namely, the descent of the Holy Spirit, as promised by Jesus Christ, before his Ascension. With the descent of the Holy Spirit, the Risen Lord is made present in a new and astounding manner. So also is made present universally The Father in Heaven. Thus, The God, who created the World, who gave us life and the God who redeemed us is present in the world with the descent of the Holy spirit. In other words, Pentecost is not an addition to the glorious Resurrection, but rather, where Holy Spirit is present, God is present in a special way to give us a new experience of God in the depth of our being.

Jesus promised to send an Advocate, the Holy Spirit, to be the principle and life of the Church at the last Supper: “The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name will teach you everything and remind you of all that I have told you” (John 14:26). It is in and through the Holy Spirit that the saving mystery of Christ is kept alive in us. He is empowering us to take vital decision, whenever and wherever we are confronted with destructive values and cultures.

Individually, we are strengthened to bear witness courageously to the faith that we hold in our heart. Countless Christians around the world, thus, bear witness to Christ with heroic faith in the midst of physical torture and imprisonment and others fight for justice strengthened by the same Spirit of Christ.

As we celebrate today the outpouring of the Holy Spirit which occurred in history on the day of Pentecost, let us remember that the same Spirit of God has been given to each one of us through the Sacrament of Confirmation and continues to dwell within us as the power of God. The same Spirit guides us and the Church to the knowledge of the Word of God and encourages us to continue our mission being true to our commitment either as married spouses or single adults or children or as priests and religious till the end of time.

May the Spirit of Christ animate our faith to live it courageously.

Fr. Arul Joseph V.

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The Ascension of Jesus Christ & Mother’s Day

The Ascension of Jesus Christ & Mother’s Day

This week we are celebrating the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ and Mother’s day. I would like to share briefly about both the events.

Through his Ascension, Jesus departed from earth where his presence was a matter of fact to heaven, on account of which his presence with us on earth has become a matter of faith. By his earthly presence, he was present only in a particular place at any certain time; but after Ascension he has made his presence for all times and for all places; Through this spiritual presence, he shows us his warmth of love and his care ever closer to each of us than we are to each other.

It is true that the departure of the risen Jesus has paved the way for the symbolic extension of his glorified body throughout the world in the Sacraments. In other words, Sacraments are made possible, only because of his universal spiritual presence after his Ascension. Christ is present to us through signs and symbols used in various Sacraments. Each sacrament is a sign of his presence; this is especially true of the Eucharist, which brings to us his real and glorified presence.

In the resurrection stories we find that Jesus was hidden at certain time (like a stranger on the road to Emmaus) and at other time he appeared as the Lord before the Apostles. So also by transcending himself from his earthly life, he is absent from humanity in his physical body and because of this withdrawal, he makes himself possible his more powerful and intimate presence among all the nations. His Spirit, present now in our midst will animate the Church and each one of us towards our goal.

Happy Mother’s Day

Every culture and Nation honors mothers in a particular way. It is because we know instinctively the gift of a mother. It is she who carried us in her womb, the first home, before we were offered to our family or to the world.

There is no one like a mother, no substitute for her place, no equal to her love. On this Mother’s day, let us remember to pray for her:

Loving God,

We thank you for the love of the mothers you have given us, whose love is so precious that it can never be measured, whose patience seems to have no end. May we see your loving hand behind them and guiding them. We pray for those mothers who fear they will run out of love or time, or patience. We ask you to bless them with your own special love.

We ask this through Christ Our Lord.


May God be praised,

Fr. Arul Joseph V.