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Reflection on this Sunday's Mass Readings

Servant of All: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time 19/09/21

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Readings:

Wisdom 2:12,17-20
Psalm 54:3-8
James 3:16-4:3
Mark 9:30-37
 

In today’s First Reading, it’s like we have our ears pressed to the wall and can hear the murderous grumblings of the elders, chief priests, and scribes—who last week Jesus predicted would torture and kill Him (see Mark 8:3110:33–34).

The liturgy invites us to see this passage from the Book of Wisdom as a prophecy of the Lord’s Passion. We hear His enemies complain that “the Just One” has challenged their authority, reproached them for breaking the law of Moses, for betraying their training as leaders and teachers.

And we hear chilling words that foreshadow how they will mock Him as He hangs on the Cross: “For if the Just One be the Son of God, He will . . . deliver Him . . . ” (compare Matthew 27:41–43).

Today’s Gospel and Psalm give us the flip side of the First Reading. In both, we hear of Jesus’ sufferings from His point of view. Though His enemies surround Him, He offers Himself freely in sacrifice, trusting that God will sustain Him.

But the Apostles today don’t understand this second announcement of Christ’s Passion. They begin arguing over issues of succession—over who among them is greatest, who will be chosen to lead after Christ is killed.

Again they are thinking not as God but as human beings (see Mark 8:33). And again Jesus teaches the Twelve—the chosen leaders of His Church—that they must lead by imitating His example of love and self-sacrifice. They must be “servants of all,” especially the weak and the helpless —symbolized by the child He embraces and places in their midst.

This is a lesson for us, too. We must have the mind of Christ, who humbled Himself to come among us (see Philippians 2:5–11). We must freely offer ourselves, making everything we do a sacrifice in praise of His name.

As James says in today’s Second Reading, we must seek wisdom from above, desiring humility, not glory, and in all things be gentle and full of mercy.



Following the Messiah: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time 12/09/21

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Readings:

Isaiah 50:4-9
Psalm 116:1-68-9
James 2:14-18
Mark 8:27-35
 

In today’s Gospel, we reach a pivotal moment in our walk with the Lord. After weeks of listening to His words and witnessing His deeds, along with the disciples we’re asked to decide who Jesus truly is.

Peter answers for them, and for us, too, when he declares: “You are the Messiah.” Many expected the Messiah to be a miracle worker who would vanquish Israel’s enemies and restore the kingdom of David (see John 6:15).

Jesus today reveals a different portrait. He calls Himself the Son of Man, evoking the royal figure Daniel saw in his heavenly visions (see Daniel 7:13–14). But Jesus’ kingship is not to be of this world (see John 18:36). And the path to His throne, as He reveals, is by way of suffering and death.

Jesus identifies the Messiah with the suffering servant that Isaiah foretells in today’s First Reading. The words of Isaiah’s servant are Jesus’ words—as He gives Himself to be shamed and beaten, trusting that God will be His help. We hear our Lord’s voice again in today’s Psalm, as He gives thanks that God has freed Him from the cords of death.

As Jesus tells us today, to believe that He is the Messiah is to follow His way of self-denial—losing our lives to save them in order to rise with Him to new life. Our faith, we hear again in today’s Second Reading, must express itself in works of love (see Galatians 5:6).

Notice that Jesus questions the Apostles today “along the way.” They are on the way to Jerusalem, where the Lord will lay down His life. We, too, are on a journey with the Lord.

We must take up our cross, giving to others and enduring all our trials for His sake and the sake of the Gospel.

Our lives must be an offering of thanksgiving for the new life He has given us until that day when we reach our destination and walk before the Lord in the land of the living.



All Things Well: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Readings:

Isaiah 35:4–7   Psalm 146:7–10   James 2:1–5
Mark 7:31–37
 

The incident in today’s Gospel is recorded only by Mark. The key line is what the crowd says at the end: “He has done all things well.” In the Greek, this echoes the creation story, recalling that God saw all the things He had done and declared them good (see Genesis 1:31).

Mark also deliberately evokes Isaiah’s promise, which we hear in today’s First Reading, that God will make the deaf hear and the mute speak. He even uses a Greek word to describe the man’s condition (mogilalon = “speech impediment”) that’s only found in one other place in the Bible—in the Greek translation of today’s Isaiah passage, where the prophet describes the “dumb” singing.

The crowd recognizes that Jesus is doing what the prophet had foretold. But Mark wants us to see something far greater—that, to use the words from today’s First Reading: “Here is your God.”

Notice how personal and physical the drama is in the Gospel. Our focus is drawn to a hand, a finger, ears, a tongue, spitting. In Jesus, Mark shows us, God has truly come in the flesh.

What He has done is to make all things new, a new creation (see Revelation 21:1–5). As Isaiah promised, He has made the living waters of Baptism flow in the desert of the world. He has set captives free from their sins, as we sing in today’s Psalm. He has come that rich and poor might dine together in the Eucharistic feast, as James tells us in today’s Second Reading.

He has done for each of us what He did for that deaf mute. He has opened our ears to hear the Word of God and loosed our tongues that we might sing praises to Him.

Let us then give thanks to our glorious Lord Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. Let us say with Isaiah, “Here is our God, He comes to save us.” Let us be rich in faith, that we might inherit the kingdom promised to those who love Him.





Pure Religion: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time  29/08/2021

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Readings:

Deuteronomy 4:1–2,6–8
Psalm 15:2–5
James 1:17–1821–2227
Mark 7:1–814–1521–23
 

Today’s Gospel casts Jesus in a prophetic light as one having authority to interpret God’s law.

Jesus’ quotation from Isaiah today is ironic (see Isaiah 29:13). In observing the law, the Pharisees honor God by ensuring that nothing unclean passes their lips. In this, however, they’ve turned the law inside out, making it a matter of simply performing certain external actions.

The gift of the law, which we hear God giving to Israel in today’s First Reading, is fulfilled in Jesus’ Gospel, which shows us the law’s true meaning and purpose (see Matthew 5:17).

The law, fulfilled in the Gospel, is meant to form our hearts, to make us pure, able to live in the Lord’s presence. The law was given that we might live and enter into the inheritance promised to us—the kingdom of God, eternal life.

Israel, by its observance of the law, was meant to be an example to surrounding nations. As James tells us in today’s Epistle, the Gospel was given to us that we might have new birth by the Word of truth. By living the Word we’ve received, we’re to be examples of God’s wisdom to those around us, the “first fruits” of a new humanity.

This means we must be “doers” of the Word, not merely hearers of it. As we sing in today’s Psalm and hear again in today’s Epistle, we must work for justice, taking care of our brothers and sisters and living by the truth God has placed in our hearts.

The Word given to us is a perfect gift. We should not add to it through vain and needless devotions. Nor should we subtract from it by picking and choosing which of His laws to honor.

“Hear me,” Jesus says in today’s Gospel. Today, we’re called to examine our relationship to God’s law.

Is the practice of our religion a pure listening to Jesus, a humble welcoming of the Word planted in us and able to save our souls? Or are we only paying lip service?



A Choice to Make: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

22/08/2021
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Readings:

Joshua 24:1-215-18    Psalm 34:2-316-23
Ephesians 5:21-32         John 6:60-69
 

This Sunday’s Mass readings conclude a four-week meditation on the Eucharist.

The Twelve Apostles in today’s Gospel are asked to make a choice—either to believe and accept the New Covenant He offers in His Body and Blood or return to their former ways of life.

Their choice is prefigured by the decision Joshua asks the Twelve Tribes to make in today’s First Reading.

Joshua gathers them at Shechem—where God first appeared to their father Abraham promising to make his descendants a great nation in a new land (see Genesis 12:1–9). And he issues a blunt challenge: either renew their covenant with God or serve the alien gods of the surrounding nations.

We too are being asked today to decide whom we will serve. For four weeks we have been presented in the liturgy with the mystery of the Eucharist—a daily miracle far greater than those performed by God in bringing the Israelites out of the land of Egypt.

He has promised us a new homeland and eternal life, offering us bread from heaven to strengthen us on our journey. He has told us that unless we eat His Flesh and drink His Blood we will have no life in us.

It is a hard saying, as many murmur in today’s Gospel. Yet He has given us the words of eternal life.

We must believe, as Peter says today, that He is the Holy One of God, who handed Himself over for us, who gave His flesh for the life of the world.

As we hear in today’s Second Reading, Jesus did this that we might be sanctified, made holy, through the water and word of Baptism by which we enter into His new covenant. Through the Eucharist, He nourishes and cherishes us, making us His own flesh and blood, as husband and wife become one flesh.

Let us renew our covenant today, approaching the altar with confidence that, as we sing in today’s Psalm, the Lord will redeem the lives of His servants.



Scott Hahn Reflects on The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 15/08/21

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Readings:

 

Revelation 11:19a12:1-610
Psalm 45:10111216
1 Corinthians 15:20-27
Luke 1:39-56
 

On this feast, we praise God who has taken the sinless Virgin Mary, body and soul, into His glory.

In our first reading, from Revelation, we find God’s temple in heaven opened and the Ark of the Covenant revealed. The most sacred item in Israel’s history, the Ark had been missing since the Temple’s destruction in 586 B.C. Thus, John reports some startling news. 

Even more startling is his revelation that the sacred vessel is now a woman, who is mother of the royal Son of David, the Messiah.

Of this woman, then, we sing to God as the ancient Israelites sang: “The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.” In the court of King Solomon, we glimpse Israel’s traditional arrangement: Solomon’s mother, Bathsheba, takes her place at the king’s right hand (see 1 Kings 2:19).

At Mary’s Assumption, as we see in Revelation, the queen once again takes her place at the right hand of the Son of David.

Our second reading shows us why this is fitting: “in Christ shall all be brought to life, but each one in proper order.” What is implicit in St. Paul’s statement is revealed in Revelation. The consummation of Christ’s work has begun, as is proper, with the Assumption of the queen mother.

John’s Apocalypse shows also the fulfillment of our Gospel. There, Mary, pregnant with Jesus, retraces the steps of David as he brought the Ark to Jerusalem (see 2 Samuel 6). Mary “arose and went” into the hill country, just as David “arose and went” to that region. Upon Mary’s arrival, Elizabeth is awestruck, just as David was before the Ark. The encounter causes the baby John to leap with excitement, as David leapt before the Ark. And Mary stayed in the “house of Zechariah” for “three months,” as the Ark remained in the “house of Obed-edom” for the same period.

Mary is the vessel of God’s presence, and she is queen mother. 

She reigns now in splendor with Jesus in the heavenly Jerusalem.



Take and Eat: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Readings:


1 Kings 19:4-8
Psalm 34:2-9
Ephesians 4:30-5:2
John 6:41-51
 

Sometimes we feel like Elijah in today’s First Reading. We want to lie down and die, keenly aware of our failures—that we seem to be getting no better at doing what God wants of us.

We can be tempted to despair, as the prophet was on his forty-day journey in the desert. 

We can be tempted to “murmur” against God, as the Israelites did during their forty years in the desert (see Exodus 16:2781 Corinthians 10:10).

The Gospel today uses the same word, “murmur,” to describe the crowds, who reenact Israel’s hardheartedness in the desert.

Jesus tells them that prophecies are being fulfilled in Him, that they are being taught by God. But they can’t believe it. They can only see His flesh, that He is the “son” of Joseph and Mary.

Yet if we believe, if we seek Him in our distress, He will deliver us from our fears, as we sing in today’s Psalm.

At the altar in every Eucharist, the angel of the Lord, the Lord himself (see Exodus 3:1–2), touches us. He commands us to take and eat His Flesh given for the life of the world (see Matthew 26:26).

This taste of the heavenly gift (see Hebrews 6:4–5) comes to us with a renewed command—to get up and continue on the journey we began in Baptism to the mountain of God, the kingdom of heaven. He will give us the bread of life, the strength and grace we needas He fed our spiritual ancestors in the wilderness and Elijah in the desert.

So let us stop grieving the Spirit of God, as Paul says in today’s Second Reading, in another reference to Israel in the desert (see Isaiah 63:10).

Let us say to God as Elijah did, “Take my life.”   Not in the sense of wanting to die but in giving ourselves as a sacrificial offering—loving Him as He has loved us, on the Cross and in the Eucharist.



FEAST DAY on 13th MAY of Our Lady of Fatima

https://melbournecatholic.org.au/News/ArtMID/416/ArticleID/24439/Remembering-Our-Lady-of-Fatima

Remembering Our Lady of Fatima                          Most Rev. Peter J Elliott MA 

The events of Fatima in 1917 revolved around three children: brother and sister Francisco and Jacinta Marto and their older cousin Lucia Santos. They lived in Aljustrel near Fatima, a village that bears the name of Muhammad’s daughter, an echo of an earlier Islamic occupation of Portugal.

In 1917 the First World War was raging. Portugal was neutral, not that the children would have known much about world events, such as the October Revolution which would soon erupt in Russia and launch global Communism. But what happened to them had great bearing on events in our times.

The children said that on 13 May they were tending sheep in the area called the Cova d’Iria near Fatima, when they were visited by the Blessed Virgin Mary in the first of a series of apparitions. Her words to them included revelations, messages and warnings of events to come, yet were accompanied by much hope for a broken world longing for peace.

Across the ages there have been many reported or alleged visions of Our Lady, who appears mainly to poor people, children, the sick and suffering, the little ones of this world. But how can we determine whether an apparition of the Blessed Virgin is genuine?

Authentic or not?

These phenomena are classified under the broad heading ‘private revelations’. They are not part of the public Revelation in Jesus Christ, passed on in the Church through Scripture and Tradition, as the Second Vatican Council teaches (cf Dei Verbum 7–10). So no one is bound to believe in private revelations, which is why they do not feature in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Apparitions are investigated, tested and evaluated by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The basic test used by the Congregation is whether an apparition contradicts or adds to the Revelation in Christ. What happened at Fatima meets that test, because the appearances of Our Lady and her words to the children did not contradict or add to Divine Revelation.

The central message of Fatima is a call to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ through ‘prayer and penance’, a life of faith including reparation for sin and sinners. The wider message is for us to be alert to the signs of the times in world events, as Christ taught. Moreover, Jesus Christ is the central focus of Fatima. Mary comes to point to him, to lead us back to him.

Other tests involve the credibility and integrity of the witnesses, usually known as visionaries or ‘seers’. With conviction maintained until each of them died, the children never denied what happened to them, even under threats and pressure. Unlike devious ‘visionaries’ in some other cases, they did not profit financially from their encounter with Our Lady. More importantly, what they experienced deepened their lives of faith and prayer. Francisco and Jacinta Marto died in 1919 and 1920. Lucia Santos entered a convent and lived the contemplative life of a nun until her death in 2005.

A further test is whether there were any corroborating events, such as other witnesses or paranormal phenomena. On 13 October 1917 thousands of people gathered with the children on the Cova d’Iria and saw the ‘miracle of the sun’, a solar phenomenon, timed to coincide with the final appearance of Mary to the children. A friend of mine knows a Portuguese family whose aged aunt witnessed the dancing sun as a young adult and her faith never wavered. Anti-Catholic journalists who came to mock the people on that day, saw the sun dance and scurried back to Lisbon looking for priests to hear their confessions! This is another reason why Fatima holds an honoured place in the first category of apparitions, those strongly endorsed by the Church.

The liturgy and Marian apparitions

The liturgy is a handy guide to the status of a Marian apparition. If a vision is commemorated in the Universal Calendar of the Church, it has received papal approval and support. Only three Marian events are honoured in this way: Guadalupe (Mexico, 1531), Lourdes (France, 1858) and Fatima (Portugal, 1917). In the 2002 edition of the Roman Missal we find memorials of Our Lady of Lourdes, 11 February, Our Lady of Fatima, 13 May, and Our Lady of Guadalupe, 12 December.

In the case of Guadalupe, the visionary, the humble Aztec St Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, has been canonised and is recognised with a memorial on 9 December in the Universal Calendar. St Bernadette of Lourdes has a memorial on 16 April in the national calendar for France. Pope Francis will canonise Francisco and Jacinta, and the cause of Lucia is under consideration.

Other apparitions

The second category of apparitions includes those mainly of local significance, recognised by bishops as of supernatural origin and worthy of belief. These events may be commemorated in local calendars for a country or diocese or in a calendar for a religious order or congregation. They may be limited to celebration at the shrine which marks the site of the apparition. In all these cases, approval from Rome is required for any liturgical commemoration.

 

A third category of apparitions covers those currently under investigation but so far not approved; for example, Medjugorje (Bosnia) and Garabandal (Spain). No liturgical commemoration may be observed for these apparitions unless they gain approval, which seems highly unlikely in both cases.
A final category of Marian apparitions covers false visions, those that are not worthy of belief. These are either delusional experiences or fraudulent schemes, or even of diabolical origin. These phenomena all have their own little circles of misguided followers and relentless blog sites.

Pope Francis in Fatima

On 13 May 2017, Pope Francis went to Fatima as a pilgrim. He is an intensely Marian Pope. He eagerly walks in the footsteps of St John Paul II, who on 13 May 1982 took the bullet that nearly killed him in Rome the year before to be enclosed in the crown on the statue, an act of gratitude to Mary to whom he prayed as he lay bleeding in the pope-mobile. He was the victim of a command to kill issued in Moscow. Before him, in May 1967, Blessed Paul VI led the golden jubilee pilgrimage to Fatima, presented a golden rose to the Madonna and issued a beautiful letter, The great sign, linking Fatima to the scriptural vision of Our Lady as Queen of the Universe in Revelation 12.

St John XXIII ascribed the inspiration to convene the Second Vatican Council to Our Lady of Fatima. In 1946 in the wake of the Second World War, Pope Pius XII authorised the coronation of the image. It should be noted that there is an authorised liturgical rite for the coronation of an image of the Blessed Virgin. By word and action, the popes of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, so aware of the turbulent course of world events, have clearly responded to the urgent call of Mary for Christian commitment, especially prayer and penance, and above all the great popular meditation and powerful prayer, the Rosary. Prayer for the conversion of Russia in the wake of Communism is part of the urgent messages. To that, in our times, we may add China.

The silence of Fatima

When Francis came to Fatima he found what all pilgrims encounter, a strange silence. On the Cova d’Iria, a vast windswept piazza has been constructed that can hold many thousands, especially for the Eucharistic concelebrations at major pilgrimages. But at other times it is silent. This is what struck me on my one visit to Fatima, a marked contrast to the noise and bustle I experienced at Lourdes and the endless stream of pilgrims I joined at Guadalupe. I interpreted the silence as a sense of judgement on our world and a call to be silent, to reflect, pray and be converted.

In this sacred space a small chapel marks the site of the tree where the Blessed Mother appeared to the shepherd children a century ago. It is here that we find the heart of Fatima, as a place, not the unremarkable classical basilica that rises above the piazza.

The chapel and the Marian image have a simplicity about them, as befits the Madonna and the village children to whom she revealed her Immaculate Heart. She showed herself to them as a sorrowing Mother, echoing Simeon’s prophecy, ‘and a sword will pierce through your own soul’ (Luke 2:35). She spoke at a time when so many mothers were mourning their sons and daughters, victims of war. And that way of sorrow has continued into our times, into a new century and millennium: wars, revolutions, genocide, mass migrations, terrorism ... and is our God involved? Or does divine silence speak loudly?

Salvation history

Fatima speaks to us about time. We can easily appreciate this because we are people of faith whose lives are shaped by sacred time—such an important dimension of the annual and weekly cycles of liturgical worship. In the Judaeo-Christian heritage, all time is sacred because it is God’s time, God working out the great mystery and plan of salvation.

The expression ‘salvation history’ holds the meaning Divine Revelation has given to time. It is always the great story of our salvation, of your salvation and mine. The faith journey of the whole Church is made up of millions of personal journeys, yours and mine.

Salvation history is the ordered reality of time; it is the reign of God always coming through, always breaking through, as Christians pray again and again: ‘Thy kingdom come!’ History shows how God is always bringing shape and destiny out of chaos and disorder. Purpose and meaning in history and in each of our lives are not our inventions. We can find meaning in God’s saving plan and loving Providence as he brings in his reign, his kingdom of justice, truth and peace.

Time and judgment

However, Christians do not believe that the history of the universe or the lives of individuals are endless cycles repeating themselves, as is taught in some Eastern religions. We believe that time is linear, going forward steadily towards its completion, its purposeful end, or telos, which is why theologians use the word teleological when discussing what lies ahead of us: death, judgement, heaven, hell. In all this, justice finally triumphs in divine judgement.

 

These ultimate options mark the serious side of the Fatima revelations, a call to repentance and warnings of what happens if we fail to respond to Christ’s love. Briefly, the children were shown a vision of hell. Some people find that disturbing, but Fatima is disturbing. It is not a nice story about little children and Mary. Then again, Catholic Christianity is not nice. The truth is not always nice. Yet in the challenging message of Fatima there is hope for our world.

Fatima speaks of hope

The promised ‘triumph and reign of Mary’s Immaculate Heart’ paves the way for the coming of the kingdom of heaven, Christ’s reign. She reigns because she is indeed a queen, but she is only a queen because her son is the Messiah, king and Lord of all creation. It is as simple as that.

Mary always points to her son, to Jesus Christ our king. She leads us to him for he is always the answer, the only answer, as Saint John Paul constantly proclaimed, as Pope Benedict and Pope Francis proclaim. Jesus Christ, God incarnate, crucified and risen again, is the word we speak. He is the way we live. He is our personal Lord and Saviour. He is the One to whom we turn, whose face we long to see, our Light, our Way to the Father.

We bear witness to Jesus Christ not only by timely words and deeds. We bear witness by bringing his Mother Mary into our homes as John did after Jesus had entrusted her to him from the cross. Like John, may we testify to Christ’s amazing grace with hearts full of gratitude for his gift of Mary, so clearly revealed on the windswept Cova d’Iria in Fatima one hundred years ago.

Most Rev. Peter J Elliott MA (Melb) MA (Oxon), STD (JPII Rome) is Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Melbourne.

 

 

 

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