Trinity Sunday Year B  27 May 2018

On one level, the Liturgy reminds us of the great revelation that we have pondered and acknowledged, week by week, since Christmas. Today we celebrate our new understanding of the nature of God, hidden from people from the beginning, but revealed in, and by, the person of Jesus of Nazareth.  So, we do affirm the Triune nature of our God exhibiting, in our human words, characteristics associated with Fatherhood, Sonship, and Spirit.

Ultimately it is about relationship.

Our human experience understands the gift of life brought by husband, received and nurtured by wife and their mutual Love gifts the family, community, and world with a new person. We can try to understand the Triune God in a similar way.

On another level, can we consider the Trinity to be a model for how we change the world? Could we all approach our task to make disciples (whatever that means) by bringing gifts to the table, not threats or demands? By creating that climate, we may see a response in love, not in fear? Then the result may be a completely new concept approved and embraced by all.

Human relationships, at the moment, are often tainted by threats, fears, jealously and a desire to have things my way. Thus, ends a proposed summit or tax cut or negotiations on a house loan.

All see the numerous break downs in relationships. We often make judgements as to why. Perhaps a revisit of the Trinity Model may encourage us to make a new start. It may not be everybody’s cup of tea. There were difficulties in the beginning, but the revealed Truth is still being proclaimed. Our God is relational and is love!

We are called to reflect that Truth.

Mons Frank

Pentecost Sunday   Year B 20 May 2018

“Truth is the foundation of all knowledge and the cement of all societies” (John Dryden).

The current Royal Commission into the provision of financial services seems, at times, a little déjà vu. So many issues are arising bearing similar traits of the previous investigation.

Whether deliberate or not,

Whether careless or ignorant,

Whether following bad advice, legal and other,

Whether acting on age old precedent or being simply arrogant, the surface vibes indicate a great disregard for the truth and a high handedness that baffles the average Pub Test. Truth has run a distant second.

It would appear that the ultimate gift of Jesus before he offered his life for us was intended to provide the world with assistance to combat the evidence discovered in his living with us: that we humans have a certain waywardness with being truthful and in our handling of the truth.

His gift, “But when the Spirit of Truth comes, He will lead you to the complete truth”, was important for them, at that moment. After all, within hours of this exchange, those memorable words of Pilate were uttered and still bounce around the halls of power, be they Parliament, Councils, Sporting Clubs, Police and Church. Ask the Chilean Bishops for their reflection on their briefing the Pope.

“Truth. What is truth?”

In these changing and, indeed, confusing times, the getting to the truth of the situations that confront us, demand a commitment to the truth. Thus, it is good to remember the gift that has been offered to us.

May this Pentecost embolden each one of us to strive to be women and men who value truth and seek always to practise truth.

Mons Frank.

The Ascension of the Lord: Seventh Sunday of Easter Year B 13 May 2018


Mother’s Day

Most of us could not tell a Mother when ‘they’ invented Mother’s Day. And whether or not ‘they’ intended the day to be commercialised, but they are Mothers!

We do know that from earliest times, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit was celebrated and remembered.

Likewise, most of us don’t know when the Church decided to have a special feast to honour the Ascension of Jesus, but we know that Jesus is not here in the flesh. And he did say on more than one occasion “I am going away”. So why do we, today, recall the leaving of Jesus in his earthly body.

One answer may be to enrich the Feast of Pentecost.

Another may be…we just don’t know.

Another may be that we need to be reminded that the ascended Jesus is not absent.

Another might be that ‘His absence’ reinforces the truth that each one of us has a mission to carry on his work. Hence the injunction “Go out to the whole world.”

Whatever the answer might be, notice in Mark that, the injunction, or command was to go to “all creation”. Have we stopped to consider that all creation might be a bit wider than the human race? Paul spoke about all creation groaning and waiting for the effect of the Good News. What he exactly meant 2000 years ago we don’t quite know, but I suspect he would be delighted to participate in the current chats about ecology.

We know that God created all and declared what had been done to be good. We also know that the scripture declaring humans to “subdue the earth” has been rather one way. Redressing the balance and getting theology and interpretation correct is attracting a tremendous amount of attention from the Popes to the pulpit.

The Ascension can suggest that with all our faults and shortcomings, Jesus felt confident that he had left the continuing challenge of pronouncing the Good News in capable hands.

It took many centuries to invent Mother’s Day (and happy regards to all our mothers and those that mother). It may take a few more years to bring to birth the complete Good News, but we keep trying.

Don’t let Him down.

Mons Frank

Sixth Sunday of Easter  Year B  5 May 2018

“The truth I have now come to realise” says Peter to Cornelius and his friends called ‘listeners’. Later in the account we have received, (I am sure our current Pope will highlight that word this weekend) “is that God does not have favourites.” I think further reading of the Acts of the Apostles will indicate that there are many degrees of realisation in Peter’s story, and indeed in our own!

Coming to grips with the gift that Jesus reminds us of in today’s Gospel, “I call you friends” is indeed a lifetime’s work. Being a Godfriend person will mean that as a parent we will love and care for our child; a builder will construct a house according to the specifications; the owner of a business will pay just wages and provide proper working conditions; the employee will provide engaging attitudes to the customer; the Priest will have time for all; and the Bishop will open his heart to all because, like Peter, he has come to realise “God does not have favourites.”

Coming to realise that we have been drawn into a new relationship with our God through no act of our own, nor obtained by any physical force, will take time. Knowing, too, that past or present failures will not be held against us is comforting. All we need to do is to repent and try again. We have been called, and are, friends.

If you can obtain a copy of Pope Francis’s recent letter to us ‘Gaudete et Exsultate’ (Rejoice and be Glad) do so. It will do all our heart good.

Mons Frank