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Thursday, Fourth Week of Lent
March 30, 2017
Ex 32:7-14; Jn 5: 31-47; Ps106: 19-23
By *Fr. Aghadi Onu, SJ
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"We remember how you loved us to your death, and still we celebrate for you are with us here, and we believe that we will see you when you come, in your glory Lord, we remember, we celebrate, we believe."
How fickle and unstable the human mind is. No sooner had God brought Israel out of Egypt than they forget the deeds of the Lord. They forgot what the Lord had done for them. They sold short their freedom in exchange for the transient and momentary satisfaction of the golden calf. They were so concerned about what they see in the now that they forget the glory that lies ahead in the Promised Land.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 March 2017 08:29
MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR LENT 2017
"The Word is a gift. Other persons are a gift"
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ's victory over death. This season urgently calls us to conversion. Christians are asked to return to God "with all their hearts" (Joel 2:12), to refuse to settle for mediocrity and to grow in friendship with the Lord. Jesus is the faithful friend who never abandons us. Even when we sin, he patiently awaits our return; by that patient expectation, he shows us his readiness to forgive (cf. Homily, 8 January 2016).
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 March 2017 07:26
Reflection: WHERE HAVE YOU PUT HIM?
Thought of the day, From the Jesuits in Britain
'At the sight of Mary's tears, and those of the Jews who followed her, Jesus said in great distress, with a sigh that came straight from the heart, "Where have you put him?" They said, "Lord, come and see." Jesus wept.'
Two small pieces of information: 'Jesus wept' is not only the shortest verse in the whole Bible, it also comes exactly halfway through the Gospel of John. More importantly, for much of this Gospel Jesus is serenely in control of every situation he encounters, but at the sight of Mary's tears he becomes so distressed that he weeps. In this pivotal moment Jesus' humanity and vulnerability and empathy could not be more plainly evident. And yet, just a moment later, Jesus' divinity and power over death could not be more plainly evident: he draws Lazarus back from the tomb and back into life.
The Gospel does not deny the reality of suffering and pain. These cannot be avoided, no matter how secure I try to make myself. To live is to be vulnerable, and to love is to give one's life over to another.
This is the human condition. What the Gospel is trying to tell us is that this human condition is also a place where we can find divine love, even beyond death.
As I think of my dying loved one, who possibly has only one or two weeks to live, I pray 'Lord, I am in the thrall of death, come and see'.
I feel Jesus' tears join my tears. I join my small hope in divine love to Jesus great hope in divine love.
In these final two weeks of Lent the tension between the ways of the world and the Word of Jesus is raised to breaking point.
I will walk with Jesus, terrified, but as close as I can.
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 March 2017 14:44
Lenten Reflections 2017
Monday, Fourth Week of Lent
March 27, 2017
Is 65: 17-21/ Ps 30: 2 and 4. 5-6. 11-12a and 13b/ Jn 4: 43-54.
By *Mr. Lotanna Obiezu, SJ
My little cousin Munachi once suffered from a life-threatening respiratory infection when she was about six months old. On one occasion when she was rushed to the hospital, as we arrived at the hospital, my aunt jumped out of the vehicle and carrying my sick cousin, dashed to the doctor's office. Not minding the usual protocol nor the long queue of patients waiting to see the doctor, she cried to the doctor: 'please help me, my child is dying'. A sick child can be a source of great anxiety and anguish to parents.
The official in the Gospel searched desperately for a cure for his dying son. The news of Jesus' presence must have brought great relief to his anguish and anxiety. Moved by faith he searched for Jesus and when he found him he expressed his faith in Jesus' ability to heal his son. Jesus saw his faith and healed his son.
In the first reading, Prophet Isaiah announces a new beginning, a beginning completely devoid of past memories. He tries to restore hope to the people of Israel who are beginning to lose faith in God's promise following their return from the Babylonian exile. The Israelites expected an immediate fulfilment of God's promises and years after their return, their hope was beginning to wane. According to Isaiah, in the new Jerusalem which God promises, there shall be no sound of weeping or the cry of distress. Untimely death shall be a thing of the past and everyone will live to reap the fruit of their labour. Is this not the sort of news which should excite us as Christians and fill us with joyful anticipation? And, is this not the new dawn which we eagerly await as we continue our Lenten journey?
Lent is a period when we are invited to wait patiently for the fulfilment of God's promises concerning those aspects of our lives that cause us anguish. It could be our struggle with sin, our inability to forgive or even the need for physical healing for ourselves or loved ones. Waiting for the fulfilment of God's promises can be quite challenging and our faith can be severely tested. Sometimes we may be tempted to think like the Israelites that there is no hope. Or we may search desperately like the official for a solution. It may even be more depressing when we realise that neither our resources nor those around us can help us out of our predicaments.
It is in such periods of waiting and anticipation that the Lord invites us to recognise his presence in the dark situations of our life and see his willingness to help us. Through his sufferings and death, he shares in our human experiences. He is aware of our condition and feels with us and we do not have to despair but to wait patiently for him. He expects us to be steadfast in faith and to express that faith by our words and actions.
As we journey with Jesus through this Lenten season, we look forward with hope to his glorious resurrection at Easter when we will experience the new life given to us by Christ through his death and resurrection. While we wait for this new beginning, we unite our daily struggles, sufferings and pain with those of Jesus. We seek daily to relieve others of their own burden by our acts of love and mercy.
We ask the Lord to give us the courage to come to him daily.
*Mr. Lotanna Obiezu, SJ, is a scholastic in first studies at Arrupe College, Jesuit School of Philosophy and Humanities in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Last Updated on Monday, 27 March 2017 06:57
St Peter’s Mbare science student creates mobile app
A science form four student at St Peter's Secondary School in Mbare has created a mobile application, Paivapo, which seeks to address issues of health and moral education created by the intergenerational gap between young people and parents.
Letitia Vanganai, a student and resident of Mbare presented her mind blowing educational application at the school's Science displays on the 13th of March.
The application, she explained, integrates technology and traditional ways of educating young people on health and moral issues.
Last Updated on Monday, 20 March 2017 07:07
Father General's Speech on Women's Day
Voices of Faith 2017 Stirring the Waters – Making the Impossible Possible
I would like to thank Voices of Faith and the Jesuit Refugee Service for inviting me to celebrate International Women’s Day with you and all of those gathered here today. I take this opportunity to show my gratitude to the women who will be speaking today, women making a difference in their families and communities, especially in the most remote corners of the world.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 March 2017 07:41
Hekima Diaconate Ordination 2017
Twenty three (23) Jesuits were ordained deacons on Saturday 25 February, 2017. The event took place at Hekima Jesuit Community in Nairobi. They were joined by three Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI) and one Vincentian (VC). The twenty three (23) ordained Jesuit deacons come from all the Seven (7) Provinces and the Rwanda-Burundi Region of the African Assistancy.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 March 2017 13:28
News: Arrupe College
Fr. General has appointed Fr. Gibson Munyoro rector of Arrupe College, the Jesuit School of Philosophy and Humanities, in Harare.
He takes over from Fr. Chukwuyenum Afiawari, who was recently appointed Provincial of ANW.
Fr. Munyoro, from the Zimbabwe-Mozambique Province, is now the Director of Siveira House, the Social Justice and Development Centre of ZIM Province.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 February 2017 13:22
Breaking News: NEW JESAM PRESIDENT
Very Reverend Fr. General Arturo Sosa has appointed Rev Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator SJ President of the Conference of Major Superiors of Africa and Madagascar JESAM. Fr. Orobator will assume office on 16th February.
We wish him God's blessings and help as he takes on this new appointment.
From Outgoing President: Fr. Michael Lewis, SJ
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 February 2017 08:43
Commemoration of International Day for Migrants and Refugees
Centro Astalli - Rome
January 13, 2017
I wish to begin by expressing my gratitude, and how deeply moved I am, to have this opportunity to share with you this moment of reflection and prayer.
This moment presents an important invitation to the Society of Jesus to accompany, with its few resources, and to share in the anxieties and hopes of the refugees here in Italy and everywhere in the world. As you may be aware, I come from Latin America, a continent in teeming with millions of refugees and migrants for the same reasons that we have heard in the moving testimonies of Asiz, Dhurata, Mortezza, Mirvat and Edelawit.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 January 2017 11:05
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Last Updated on Monday, 16 January 2017 11:24
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