Easter Sunday. 2016

Easter Sunday. 2016

“They have taken the Lord from the Tomb and we don’t know where they put Him.”

And maybe that is the point of Easter!

“They” have been putting “Him” where they have wanted…

-nothing good has come out of Nazareth

-they seized Him and took Him to the brow of the hill to throw him over

-they nailed Him to a Cross

-they sealed the tomb and placed a guard…etc. etc.

 

I have been assisting in a cluster of our semi remote rural parishes: Kerang, Cohuna, Pyramid Hill…..all are doing it tough, some still recovering from the one in a hundred year flood of 2012. And now the big dry. In some sense, the fifty people who gathered at Pyramid Hill yesterday to honour the Passion and Death proved the point. Who, other than the Lord Himself, would choose to be there, as is true in a million other sites all around the globe:

– the grand economic theorists would scorn such wasting of valuable resources. A little like Judas’ comment after Mary’s outpouring of costly ointments.

– the politicians would not see any votes. Only five loaves and two fish…

– news and TV cameras would judge. No disputes, nonviolence. Who is interested in Good News?

And Easter is about Good News. In spite of all the suffering, torment and destruction. He is to be found in all the forgotten places, in all the tortured hearts, because they have not been able to chain up the Good News and He can be found anywhere, if we allow Him to find us.

Our witness to the joy of the Resurrection, in all the likely and unlikely places, continues the proclamation: “He is not here. He is risen. He goes before you to Galilee.”

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

Keep proclaiming the Good News.

Mons Frank

Palm Sunday 2016

Palm Sunday 2016

Holy Week begins.

The gospels all relate the entrance into Jerusalem. Luke reminds us that having said these things, “Jesus went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.” If you have time, read in Luke the parable called by some “the Lucan Kingship Parable” (19:11-27). This parable, in effect, is about how to obtain and maintain a kingdom. It resonates with the power hungry today as it did in Jesus’ time, and it happens fast. Again, a little sign for all intended plotters…valid today as in bygone years.

Further, note the long verse (19:11) introducing the parable. Two elements are distracting both the teller and the listeners. One, they were getting close to Jerusalem, two, that’s where they expected the coming of the kingdom and when did they want it? We WANT IT NOW.

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Fourth Sunday of Lent 2016, Year C

Well that was a week!

I wonder what the historians will say about it in 100 years’ time. Some words from the Second Reading may offer a clue: “For anyone who is in Christ there is a new creation.”

It would be my hunch that the Holy Spirit used this week to send a message to the world that the abuse of minors is a bigger challenge for the world and for all of the institutions and families of the world than we realise or wish to acknowledge. At this stage we do not have “The Answer.”

Our Liturgy, today, calls for a response in a joyful spirit for it announces a message of reconciliation for those who can listen and hear…and for all who fail but still sit, as it were, in darkness.

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