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assumption mary virgin blessed feast 15th tuesday august st Those who love as Jesus did will in turn be loved by his Father. Lets pray this week for the grace of freedom in being able to accept unconditionally Gods will for us. ola site luc exterior The Gospel mentions Judas and if we are to understand what Jesus means by love we need to remember that up until this stage in the Gospel Judas has been present. What the Church must understand what the Ascension assures her is that accompanying all her labour and suffering is the victory of her risen Lord, who now stands at the right hand of God interceding on behalf of all. The same spirit of contented happiness is reflected in todays Psalm of jubilation, where the whole earth cries out with joy to the Lord. The truth is ultimately the revelation that God is love (1 John 4:7, 16). The members of the Early Church community in Galatia are encouraged to be at peace with one another through Christ, who makes us a new creation in him.

Jesus willingly gives of himself even to one who will betray him. Jesus promises that when Christians gather for this purpose they will not be alone. The essential blow has been struck in the Paschal victory of Jesus but his messianic work continues as he breathes his Spirit into the Church that carries on his mission. The Second Reading makes clear that all is possible by Christ and his cross. These are functions that happen within a community where people gather to share stories, to ask questions, to try to find meaning in the events of their lives. He shows his desire to serve the Lord by leaving his livelihood and home, empty-handedly following Elijah. It is in this way that the reign of God struggles to be born. The truth which the Spirit communicates is truth in the Johannine sense of the definitive revelation of God given to the world in the person of Jesus. If, like the Psalmist, we trust and follow the Lords path of life, it will lead us to eternal joy. He instructs them to bring his peace and healing into the communities that they visit. Living in freedom encourages us to take total responsibility for our own lives, rather than blame others for any personal difficulties. He assures them that their privileged sharing in the intimacy of the relationship between himself and the Father will not cease but continue through the gift of the Spirit. To be a Christian is to live and to love, with Jesus as the measure of what life and love look like. This passage provides us a glimpse of the intimacy between Jesus and his Father. This is Jesus definition of love a giving of self even when that will not be reciprocated, even when that love will be rejected and betrayed. The gospel emphasises the link between love and obedience, and it speaks of the presence of God with the one who loves. However, we cannot allow ourselves to be held captive by these responsibilities, regardless of how legitimate they may be. In the Gospel, Jesus looks to the future when he will no longer be physically present to the disciples. In Johns Gospel, the Spirit is called The Advocate or The Paraclete, and the role of the Spirit is to teach and remind the disciples of Jesus words. The prophet Isaiah (First Reading) proclaims a joyful time of peace that flows like a river from the healing, comforting love of God, which is compared to the intimate, tender bond between a mother and a baby.

The Feast of the Ascension is a vision of the future and an act of hope. And so we continue to struggle; to carry the burdens that are ours for the sake of the people that we serve; to serve the people in our care realising that we will probably not be able to accomplish all of our tasks or at least as well as we would like.

In the Gospel, Jesus sends seventy-two of his followers ahead of him. The small section of John 13 that we read this week lies at the heart of the Johannine Gospel message Love as I have loved. He also calls us to follow his way in feeding the poor and giving spirit to the excluded and in taking up our own cross. The First Reading commands us to love, and gives us the means to do it. Jesus words end on a note of assurance. Judas has had his feet washed by Jesus and received from Jesus hand the morsel of bread. In a world that cries out more than ever for the peace of Christ, this is our calling today. We know that we cannot lay aside the responsibilities of our lives in order to sit with Mary at the feet of Jesus. In the Second Reading, St Paul emphasises the importance of freedom. The forces hostile to God and to true humanity have by no means yet been fully overcome. Jesus promises that he, and the God he calls Father, will make their home with us, and the Spirit will be there to guide and enlighten us. Jesus stands among us and sends us before him, to declare his peace and to heal and encourage people in the knowledge that the Kingdom of God is very near. This is more than a wish, it is a blessing that includes all of the benefits of the resurrection. However, he warns the Galatians, and us too, that this is not an excuse for self-indulgence. And the help and compassion of the Lord for the poor and needy can be seen by our service. This weeks Readings give us renewed confidence, trust, and hope in the Good Samaritan who comes close to us in our need, that we might go out so that Gods desires for all people might be seen by our loving response. The Spirit will guide us so that we love our neighbours as ourselves. Finally, the parable of the Good Samaritan (Gospel) gives us a concrete example of what this service, this command to love, this deeper unity without bias or prejudice, looks like. It provides us with a partial view of the internal relationships within the Trinity. Jesus was sent by his Father and it is to his Father that he will return. He is confident that they will have all they need for their mission through all they have learnt from following his way. The law, or word, is not beyond our reach but is as close to us as our hearts. Jesus does not want his disciples to hesitate.

He is one of Jesus own who gather for his final meal. He bequeaths his peace. Christ is the source of all peace and unity in the world (Second Reading). The Gospel tells of the wholehearted commitment required by Jesus of his followers not coercion, as suggested by James and John. In the Eucharist he calls us to prayer and reverence. This Sundays readings focus on the commitment needed to respond to the Lords call, a reminder that true faith comes from the heart. Jesus makes the three who come forward aware of what following him really means: it is not to be imagined as a part-time or easy option. It is the feast that celebrates the hope that his triumph will ultimately be ours as well. In this fuller understanding of the Eucharist, Christ is present in the bread and wine because he is active in the Church. It is through this that, hearts will revive (Psalm). He holds everything in being from the beginning and, even now, is drawing us together in deeper unity. It also reports Jesus farewell wish of peace. Self-sacrificing love is the fundamental message of Jesus.

Jesus proclaims the word of his Father and his Father sends the Holy Spirit in Jesus name. In the First Reading, Elisha responds quickly to being anointed by Elijah. We are called and sent to bring the deep peace of the kingdom of God into the world.

In the Eucharist, Christ is present not simply in the consecrated bread and wine, but as the one who forgives, speaks, feeds, gathers together and makes present his offering on the Cross. 9 Centre Dandenong Road, Cheltenham 3192 Australia, Tel: (03) 9583 6161 | Email: cheltenham@cam.org.au, 2020 Our Lady of the Assumption Cheltenham, SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C 16th / 17th July, 2022, FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C 9th / 10th July, 2022, FOURTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C 2nd / 3rd July, 2022, THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C 25th / 26th June, 2022, THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST YEAR C 18th / 19th JUNE, 2022, THE MOST HOLY TRINITY YEAR C 11th / 12th JUNE, 2022, PENTECOST SUNDAY YEAR C 4th / 5th JUNE, 2022, THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD YEAR C 28th / 29th May, 2022, SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER YEAR C 21st / 22nd May, 2022, FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER YEAR C 14th / 15th May, 2022.
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