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One of the items of the retreat that I was conducting in Brisbane was “sharing” from those who attended the retreat in response to a presentation that I provided to the group. Following a session that covered the topic “betrayal, hurt, wounds and healing”, I was surprised from the open-sharing of emotion from an elderly lady. The lady was seated next to her husband, yet she stated that she feels unloved by her husband for hearing constant complaints from him every day. The thing that he complained most about was that she was either too talkative or not nice to him; however he considered that she is always nice to other people.
The Gospel for this Sunday is about Jesus who was rejected in his home town. He was facing a severe test as both the son of a carpenter, and as a rabbi with his disciples. We know that a rabbi in a Jewish society is well respected. We could imagine Jesus’ feeling deep down in His heart when he said: “A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, and among his own kin, and his own house” (Mark 6:4). He was upset and felt rejected by His own people.
Reflecting on the experience of Jesus and the elderly lady, I recall I was once informed by a formator in the novitiate that those who are close to us are the people who not only invest so much on our growth, but also create the most hurt and wounds. These people are family members, relatives, neighbors and co-workers who relate to us on a regular basis. And even though Jesus was upset with the way they treated Him, He never stopped loving them. The experience of the couple that I met in the recent retreat telling me that even though they sometimes failed to treat each other in a nice way, they still loved each other and were proud to look forward to their golden anniversary in 2016.
Normally we are expecting people to treat us in a way that pleases us. However, our expectations are not always met. Unmet expectations should not prevent us from loving people because it is our nature to be loving for people and with people. In addition, we often treat people who are close to us in a manner that may contribute to their growth in a positive way. Every time I do good things for others I have created life to the person. Spreading the good news is not only telling people that they are loved by God but showing them in a very simple way that they too can feel that they are loved.
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Have you considered participating in the National Pilgrimage? Participation in this pilgrimage gives you the opportunity to journey to significant places in Australia made holy by St Mary MacKillop. 21 October – 31 October, 2015. Cost Ex Sydney: $2,700 (all inclusive: airfares, accommodation, coach travel, admission fees and all meals). Single Supplement: $530.00. For further information please contact the Australian Pilgrimage Coordinator on 02 8912 4858 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to journeying with you on this pilgrimage.
We’re going to celebrate the One Year to WYD with GRACEFEST! A night of Praise and Worship which draws over 200 young people every year!
This Year we are extremely excited to have our very own Archbishop Anthony give the catechesis on the WYD Theme “Mercy”. Once again we will Adore our God and be led in worship by Stephen Kirk and the Graceband. Reconciliation will be available throughout the night provided by the priests that will accompany us on our WYD journey and NET will inspire us with testimonies and dramas.
If you are thinking about/are excited/haven’t even heard about WYD, then Gracefest is for you! Meet fellow pilgrims and begin the journey NOW! 31 July 2015, 7pm at St Joachim’s Parish – 7 Mary Street, Lidcombe.
Presenters by Fr Greg Homeming OCD and Mr Geoffrey Stumbles at the Mt Carmel Retreat Centre, 247 St Andrews Road, Varroville NSW. When: July 31 – August 2. Cost: $220 (concessions apply). For further details phone: 02 8795 3400 or Email: email@example.com.
The Faith Ecology Network (FEN) is holding a multi-faith forum entitled ‘Healthy Earth, Endless Growth – Are they compatible?’ The event will feature a keynote speech from environmental scientist and author Dr Haydn Washington, as well as responses from the Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish and Christian faith traditions on the issue of the growth economy. Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt St, Sydney. Thursday, 23 July 2015, 6.30pm for nibbles, 7pm start. Cost: Donation of $10. RSVP preferred to assist with catering to firstname.lastname@example.org.