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Next week on the Journey, the Gospel of Mark is reflected on by Fr Mike Delany, our very own Pete Gilmore talks about the Family Resemblance and Marilyn Rodrigues, The Peaceful Parent encourages us with Passing on the Faith. We thank you for taking the time to listen to Journey Catholic Radio, the show that is about faith, hope, love and life. Go to www.jcr.org.au or www.itunes.jcr.org.au where you can listen anytime and subscribe to weekly shows by email.
Yes, if you find this title of my reflection familiar, it means that you either watched the Royal Wedding last week or have followed the news. It’s the line which stuck in my mind after listening to Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon at the wedding. I am aware that there are various discussions (and criticisms) about the sermon – its delivery, appropriateness and relevance. But what I was captivated by was its message of love. I believe that our celebration of the Blessed Trinity this weekend is a feast of love.
Richard Rohr’s book on the Trinity, The Divine Dance, is an interesting read if you would like to dive into the abysmal mystery of the Trinity and consequential practical implications in our Christian life. In that he uses the fourth-century mystical metaphor of the Cappadocian Fathers of Eastern Turkey in endeavouring to portray the Trinity as a flow, a radical relatedness,
a perfect communion between the Three – a circle dance of love.
Rohr also quotes Carl McColman, a lay Cistercian teacher, and I think it’s good to read this quote slowly and take time to reflect on it.
“God is in us because we are in Christ. As members of the mystical body, Christians actually partake in the divine nature of the Trinity. We don’t merely watch the divine dance of the Three Persons in the Trinity, we dance the dance. We join hands with Christ, and the Spirit flows through us and between us, and our feet move always in the loving embrace of the Father.
In that we… can see the joyful love of the Father through the eyes of the Son. And with every breath, we breathe the Holy Spirit.”
Our call to partaking in this divine, flowing dance of love is clearly expressed in the letter to the Romans this weekend. The Spirit whom we receive from Christ draws us into the familial and loving relationship between the Father and the Son, so that we can cry out to God: Abba (‘Daddy’ is a better translation), as Jesus did. The matter here is not primarily about God’s gender but about relationship.
As we are immersed in this intimate, loving and joyful dance, we may be able, according to Jesus’ great commission to his disciples in Matthew’s Gospel, to go out, baptising – meaning immersing – other people in the name of the Trinitarian God, the unconditional, ever-flowing and ever-reaching out love. Imagine a world when people are immersed in this love of God.
Br Khoi msc
Ps. I am personally grateful for your support and encouragement on my book which was introduced to you last weekend. I pray and hope that it will be a helpful read to you.
Join us on Saturday 2nd June at 3pm in the Rosary Room for the Rosary followed by afternoon tea. Children welcome.
In Kindergarten this Term, we have just completed the unit K3: The Easter Season. This unit has allowed students to hear about and respond to the Easter message of the Resurrection: Jesus is alive. Students also explored the events that occurred after the resurrection, namely Jesus’ appearance to the disciples at the lake. The class discussed the significance of sharing a meal and the importance of the word Alleluia. The students are now commencing the unit K.4: Belonging to God’s People. This unit will introduce the students to religious imagery, the church building, its furnishings and to the gestures used at Mass.
Marie Fonseca is organising her 7th tour to India Yearning for Peace to Goa, Karnataka and Kerala, from February 3 – February 25, 2019. The highlight of this tour will be a five night’s retreat in Goa led by Fr Joe Pereira (Kripa Foundation, Mumbai) that includes yoga and meditation, as well as daily mass.
For further information, please contact: Marie Fonseca: 0418 265 117 | Email: email@example.com | Website: www.spiceodyssey.net.au or Andre Rasquinha: 0403 569 079 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next week on the Journey Gospel of Mark reminds us of the preparation and celebration of the Passover, Sr Hilda from the Abby questions whether we are “Too Quick to Judge?” with her Wisdom from the Abby, and Fr Dave Callaghan asks us to focus on “What’s At Our Core?” In his God spot, The Call. Our music this week is a vibrant selection that we keep you smiling all day. We bring this all together to create a show about faith, hope, love and life. Go to www.jcr.org.au or www.itunes.jcr.org.au where you can listen anytime and subscribe to weekly shows by email.
Wed. 6th June 2018 | 7.30 – 9pm at the PADDINGTON RSL CLUB 220-232 Oxford St, Paddington, opposite the Town Hall. Topic: “Running Charities”. Speakers: Sophie Cotton Smith, Marathon Runner, founder of Running for Premature Babies charity; and Brad Anderson, Sydney Service Manager of Orange Sky Laundries, a charity which offers a free mobile laundry service for the homeless Donation entry. Info Marea: 0414 873 910.