South Sudan's Challenge

South Sudan's Challenge
Healing & Reconciliation

Sunday, November 11, 2018

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)


Short Reflections for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Readings: Daniel 12:1-3; Hebrews 10:11-14, 18; Mark 13:24-32

Selected Passage:  "Learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near.” (Mark 13: 28)

Meditation: The presence of the Spirit in us is marked by our ability to read the signs of times.  Pray, therefore, for wisdom to be able to decipher the many writings on the wall else we find ourselves missing the points and worse - find ourselves opposing the Spirit. Amid extra-judicial killing, violations of human rights, and fake news, we are called to listen to the Spirit and read God’s will and discern his call in the signs of times.

DHIKR SIMPLE METHOD...
Dhikr is an Arabic word for remembrance. In the “tariqa” (the way) movement, dhikr developed into a form of prayer… It is a prayer of the heart… following three simple steps:

1. Write in one’s heart a certain passage of the Holy Writ…
2. Make the same passage ever present in one’s lips. 
3. Then wait for God’s disclosure on the meaning of the passage…that interprets one’s life NOW…!

It takes a week of remembering (dhikr)…or even more days to relish the beauty of this method…



Tuesday, November 6, 2018

32 nd Sunday (B)



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Short Reflection for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Readings: 1 Kings 17:10-16; Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44 or 12:41-44

Selected Gospel Passage: “In the course of his teaching he said, "Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes and accept greetings in the marketplaces, seats of honor in synagogues, and places of honor at banquets. They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext, recite lengthy prayers. They will receive a very severe condemnation." (Mark 12: 38-40)

Meditation: Alas! Our lengthy prayers and our status and wealth cannot cover up for our neglect of the poor, orphans and the widows…

A reflection on our riches…

Will our money be used to assist others, to make the world a better place? Will be it used to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, provide for the homeless and destitute poor? Will it be used to build a culture of life? Do our lives revolve around the money or are we dependent on God who truly makes us rich? Do we behave as owners or live as stewards?”  (Fr. Thomas Rosica)

DHIKR SIMPLE METHOD...
Dhikr is an Arabic word for remembrance. In the “tariqa” (the way) movement, dhikr developed into a form of prayer… It is a prayer of the heart… following three simple steps:

1. Write in one’s heart a certain passage of the Holy Writ…
2. Make the same passage ever present in one’s lips. 
3. Then wait for God’s disclosure on the meaning of the passage…that interprets one’s life NOW…!

It takes a week of remembering (dhikr)…or even more days to relish the beauty of this method…



Monday, October 29, 2018

God's Power as Powerlessness

GOD’S POWER AS POWERLESSNESS

When we examine the biblical account of Adam and Eve and original sin, we see that the primary motivation for eating the apple was their desire to somehow grasp at divinity, to become like God. They wanted Godlike power. But they, like us, badly misunderstood what makes for genuine power.
St. Paul writes in Philippians that Jesus did not deem equality with God something to be grasped at, but rather that he emptied himself of that power to become helpless, trusting that this emptying and helplessness would ultimately be the most transformative power of all. Jesus submitted to helplessness to become truly powerful.
That insight can shed light on how we understand God’s apparent absence in our world. How might we comprehend what is often called “the silence of God”? Where was God during the Holocaust? Where is God during natural disasters that kill thousands of people? Where is God when senseless accidents and illnesses take the lives of countless persons? Why doesn’t God forcefully intervene?
God is present and intervening in all these situations, but not in the way we ordinarily understand presence, power, and intervention. God is present the way beauty is present, in the way a helpless, innocent newborn is present, and in the way truth as a moral agent is always present.
God is never silent because beauty, innocence, helplessness, and truth are never silent. They’re always present and intervening, but unlike ordinary human power, they’re present in a way that is completely non-manipulative and fully respectful of your freedom. God’s power, like that of a new born, like the power of beauty itself, fully respects you.
When we look at the struggles within our world and within our private lives, it often seems like divine power is forever being trumped by human power.
But like David standing with a just a boy’s slingshot before Goliath, a giant who looks overpowering in terms of muscle and iron and like the apostles being asked to set five little loaves of bread and two tiny fish before a crowd of 5000, God always looks underwhelming in our world.
But we know how these stories end.

31st Sunday (B)

31st Sunday (B)


Short Reflection for the 31st Sunday of the Ordinary Time (B)
Readings: Deuteronomy 6:2-6 Hebrews 7:23-28 Mark 12:28-34

Gospel Passage: “The scribe said to him, "Well said, teacher. You are right in saying, 'He is One and there is no other than he.' And 'to love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself' is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices." (Mk. 12: 32-33)

Meditation:  Take heed, loving God and neighbor NOT simply in words but in DEEDS is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.  The real measure of our love is in our deeds… our walking the extra mile… the giving of our ‘substance’ to those in need.

DHIKR SIMPLE METHOD...
Dhikr is an Arabic word for remembrance. In the “tariqa” (the way) movement, dhikr developed into a form of prayer… It is a prayer of the heart… following three simple steps:

1. Write in one’s heart a certain passage of the Holy Writ…
2. Make the same passage ever present in one’s lips. 
3. Then wait for God’s disclosure on the meaning of the passage…that interprets one’s life NOW…!

It takes a week of remembering (dhikr)…or even more days to relish the beauty of this method…



Saturday, October 27, 2018

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)


Short Reflection for the 30th Sunday in ordinary Time (B)

The Readings: Jeremiah 31:7-9; Hebrews 5:1-6; Mark 10:46-52

Selected Gospel Passage:  “Jesus said to him in reply, ‘what do you want me to do for you?’ The blind man replied to him, ‘Master, I want to see’.” (Mark 10: 51)

Meditation: Blindness is not something physical only… There are many ‘non-seeing’ in our lives – NOT seeing the need of the poor, BLIND to gender inequity, INDIFFERENT to environmental degradation, etc.  Unless we recognize and name our blindness we are far from being able to see again! Do pray to the Lord:  “That we may see again…”
DHIKR SIMPLE METHOD...
Dhikr is an Arabic word for remembrance. In the “tariqa” (the way) movement, dhikr developed into a form of prayer… It is a prayer of the heart… following three simple steps:

1. Write in one’s heart a certain passage of the Holy Writ…
2. Make the same passage ever present in one’s lips. 
3. Then wait for God’s disclosure on the meaning of the passage…that interprets one’s life NOW…!

It takes a week of remembering (dhikr)…or even more days to relish the beauty of this method…