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Recognizing Jesus Christ (Mark 6:1-6)

Today’s gospel describes what happened when Jesus went home to preach the gospel. Put simply, it was a disaster. The people recognised Jesus. They recognised Jesus’ wisdom. They even recognised that Jesus worked miracles. In sum, they managed to recognise a great deal of truth in Jesus’ preaching. However, instead of accepting Jesus’ message because of that evidence the people rejected Jesus because they knew Jesus’ background. The people recognised Christ as the son of a carpenter and then they concluded that they shouldn’t listen to him. Perhaps they thought Jesus should have stuck to carpentry. We just don’t know. Whatever the case they couldn’t or wouldn’t get past what they already knew about Christ to what else there might be to learn from him.

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Mk 5:21-43

This reading is an example of Mark's 'sandwiching': in the middle of one incident he places another.  It gives remarkable pace to his story.

What is all the hurrying about?  Jesus is hurrying to save the life of a little girl, and he heals a sick woman on the way.  The first reading began, "Death was not God's doing, he takes no pleasure in the extinction of the living."  So Jesus is doing God's work; he heals and he restores to life.

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May 2015

Rome

The Marian month of May brought many events and celebrations. On 9th we participated in a conference on Women in the Bible in the Church of San Salvatore in Onda by Bruna Costa Curta,  a professor at the Gregorian University.

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(Vatican Radio)  The self-inflicted wounds of the family and the need to put aside anger and friction to protect the couple’s children were at the heart of Pope Francis’ message to thousands of pilgrims gathered for the weekly General Audience on Wednesday.

Speaking under overcast skies in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis reflected on the Gospel reading from Matthew (Mt 18,6) in which Jesus says to his disciples, “unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” And, Christ’s grave warning: “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.”

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Luke 1: 57-66, 80

Loved into Being

You knit me in my mother’s womb. I give you thanks that I am fearfully, wonderfully made.  (Psalm 139:13-14)

We are never too old or young to be surprised by God.  Zechariah and Elizabeth were resigned to their situation, when the child first settled into his mother’s womb.  Sputtering with doubt, Zechariah learned through months of silence to trust in God’s sly ways.  When their son arrived, his parents insisted on calling him John, one beloved of God from the start.

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What counts above all is “faith working through love” (Ga 5:6) – Spiritual preparation for the General Congress of the Union in July 2015

In the context of preparing for the General Congress of the Union in July 2015, a series of reflections have been shared through the monthly publication, Apostles for Today. In a particular way, the reflections from April and May spoke, respectively, of the importance of peace and dialogue, and of the spiritual motivations for mission. We would like to follow on from these by adding something regarding the biblical truth that what counts above all - in all of our apostolic and missionary commitments - is “faith working through love” (Ga 5, 6). In other words, we are called to remain faithful to the inseparability of faith and love, as the Church teaches us and as our Founder St. Vincent Pallotti urge us. Undoubtedly, this will facilitate in various ways the realisation of the identity and mission of the Union of Catholic Apostolate.

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