Monthly Archives: June 2016

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Challenges of Christian Discipleship

The Gospel passage presents Jesus’ resolute departure to Jerusalem for his suffering and death on the cross. His decision to go to Jerusalem is a deliberate decision, in order to fulfill the will of his heavenly Father. The evangelist describes it as a great journey that Jesus takes to his destiny, as determined by His Father’s for the salvation of the humankind. Thus Jesus demonstrates his obedient acceptance of the will of the Heavenly Father. Besides presenting Jesus as the faithful Son, who shows the way to everlasting life, the evangelist also presents that the challenge of the Christian discipleship is to follow Jesus resolutely on the road to Jerusalem, namely, suffering and eventual glorification. Christian discipleship demands uncompromising commitment to follow Jesus.

A special word of thanks:

A team of dedicated parishioners worked at the Parish Picnic, some others served as chairpersons and Larry Proulx served as the coordinator. They have given their time and talent for many days before and after our picnic. Thank you, dedicated men and women, for having worked hard to hold our picnic in a grand scale. You deserve our thanks and appreciation.

May God reward you for having given your time and talent.

Fr. Arul Joseph V.


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Our Repentance and God’s forgiveness

This Sunday the liturgy focuses on forgiveness, which entails repentance. There are two outstanding examples in the Bible, which portray human repentance and God’s forgiveness,highlighting His love and mercy. The first happened in the life of king David, the one chosen by God himself to be the king of Israel (2 Samuel, chapters 11 & 12). The second is the case of the woman, known as a public sinner, who came and wept at the
feet of Jesus, while Jesus was dining in the house of Simon, a Pharisee (Luke 7: 3650). King David, seduced by the beauty of the wife of Uriah, who was one of his soldiers, slept with her. He, then, wanted to coverup his adulterous act; but could not. Therefore, he organized a treacherous plot to eliminate Uriah by having him killed in the battle, so that he could take Uriah’s wife as his own. Thus King David, sinned grievously against God.

Through the intervention of the prophet Nathan, God stirred the conscience of the King David. Consequently, he took responsibility for his demeaning act and repented for it with fasting and penance. The Prophet Nathan, then, communicated to King David God’s loving and merciful act of forgiveness. The Gospel refers to a sinful woman, who washed the feet of Jesus with her tears of repentance, dried them with her hair, kissed them with devotion and anointed them with precious ointment. Jesus declares to Simon, who has hosted the dinner for Jesus and his Apostles, that the sinful woman by her actions, has proved her deeper love for Jesus than Simon himself. Hence, Jesus reveals to those gathered, that he is incarnate of God’s love and mercy to forgive sins by declaring openly, “Her sins, which are many are forgiven for she loved much” (Luke 7: 47).

In our society wrongdoers could be labelled as bad for the rest of their lives; but God deals with persons here and now. God does not remember the past sins, if they are forgiven. He sees only the inner heart and the love with which we are devoted to him. The person who has received the divine gift of forgiveness, can declare with St. Paul, “… I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me … I live by faith in the Son of God, who has loved me and given himself up for me” (Galatians 2: 20). May the faith in Jesus give us an experience of his forgiving love.

God bless you,
Fr. Arul Joseph V.


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Living our life fully

We hear the story of Jesus acting with great compassion to a widow in the city of Naim, by raising her only dead son to life. Human experience shows that death causes pain; closer the bond, greater is the pain experienced. The event in the Gospel describes that a widow lost her only son. Having lost her husband earlier, now having lost her only son too, the woman’s future is dark. The social condition of a widow in a Jewish society was very pathetic. Understanding her situation, Jesus is moved at her plight and acts with great compassion. He touches the coffin and commands: “Young man, I tell you arise!” The dead man sits up and begins to speak and Jesus gives him back to the mother. This miracle speaks louder than his words making the people understand the power of Jesus over life and death. Consequently, the reaction of the people around is one of awe and admiration saying, “A great prophet has risen among us and God has visited his people”.

This story of raising the deceased man to life must help us to look at our own situation, reflecting on how much we are really alive. What happens within us is that we fail to live our present fully, reflecting regretfully our past and dreaming about our future. Keeping this in view, one of the Catholic authors, John Powell, wrote a book called “Fully Human, Fully Alive”. He explains that one can be fully alive only in so far as he/she allows Jesus Christ, the Son of God to live within him/her. By taking a human birth, he has shown us what we are called to be and we can live that life fully in him. Hence he gave us his Holy Spirit, in order to enable us to live our life fully. John Powell explains this reality that one can become fully alive only by living in Jesus Christ. Hence one must allow the Holy Spirit to act within him/her in order to make him/her to be fully alive in Jesus Christ.

Let us commit ourselves totally living out fully the life which God has given to us by allowing the Holy Spirit to enable us.

God bless you,

Fr. Arul Joseph V