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Epiphany-Denaha 8thS,Feb.27,11

Denaha-Epiphany,8th S,Feb.27,11(Mk 1:1-8)The opening words of the landmark book , “The Peace of Soul” by Archbishop Sheen, published in 1949, in response to the spiritual conflicts experienced by people in the our timesare worth remembering: “Unless souls are saved, nothing is saved; there can be no world peace unless there is soul peace.” We often forget that it is the changes that take place in the hearts of people that cause great transformations in the world at large. In our rush for prosperity, conveniences and advancements in life, we often ignore the factthat unless our hearts are right with God’s will, we can never experience those material benefits that we crave for. It is through repentance and reconciliation with God that receive real happiness in our life. It is this spirit of reconciliation that today’s Gospel offers to the people of Israel as well as to us .The reading from Mark’s Gospel introduces the ministry of Jesus through the eyes of John the Baptist. The ministry …

Epiphany-Denaha,7thS,Feb.20,11

Denaha-7th S,Feb.20,11(Mt.8:5-13)A few years ago, an engineering student was in charge of making arrangements for masses for the Catholic students of Rose-Hulman Institute of Engineering in Terre Haute, Indiana. He also was the one who gave rides to the priest to say the mass. One Sunday night when he brought the priest to the students’ lounge where the mass wasto be said, he found that he had lost the key to the hall. He saw all the students standing in front of the hall waiting for it to be opened. He felt ashamed and deeply troubled. All of a sudden he knelt down beside the car , before the priest and students, and prayed to the Lord to help him.Then,he stood up and looked around, andlo and behold , he sawthe key lying a few feet away from him. What struck every one that was there was the strength of his faith. He was confident that the Lord would help him. There was no sense of diffidence or shame in kneeling down and praying for help.It is about such expressions of faith that the…

Epiphany-Denaha,6th S,Feb.13,11

Denaha 6th S,Feb.13,11(Jn.22-36)Malcolm Muggeridge was one of England’s well-known critics and B.B.C. commentators. It was his documentary and book called “Something Beautiful for God” thatgave a lot of international publicity to Mother Teresa whenher ministry was not known greatly outside India. Even though he was an agnostic at the time he interviewed Mother Teresa, he felt changes happening in his life because of his contact with her. Towards the end of his life, he converted to the Catholic faith. In one of his last essays, he speaks of his desire to leave the world very touchingly: “So, like a prisoner awaiting his release, like a school boy when the end of the term is near, like a migrant bird ready to fly south,…I long to be gone.” Those words bring out his profound humility and acceptance of the will of God in his life. We hear in those words of Malcolm Muggeridge a very true echo of the words uttered by John the Baptist in today’s Gospel: “He must increase, but I must decreas…

Dena,11ha-Epiphany,5thS,Feb.6

Jn.3:1-15.Denaha,5th Sun.Feb.6,11Speakingof Hamlet in Shakespeare’s play of the same name, Victor Hugo mentions in one of his critical reviews that Hamlet is every one of us. The problem with Hamlet is his indecisiveness. His confusion and ambivalence are well pronounced in his soliloquy that begins with the famous words: “To be nor not to be.” Most of us too become confused like Hamlet when confronted with difficult choices we have to make unless we are helped by the grace and power of our faith.Today’s Gospel presents before us a person like Hamlet in Nicodemus. He is really confused and spiritually paralyzed as to the choices he has to make in his life whether he has tobe aligned with Jesus or work against Him. He has to get these matters cleared and hence he comes to Jesus Himself straight away.The context is very interesting to note. Nicodemus, one of the reputed teachers of Israel comes to Jesus at night. He is afraid to meet Jesus during the day time because of the fear that hi…