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'We will come to them and make our home with them.' Sunday Reflections, 6th Sunday of Easter, Year C

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The Trinity, El Greco [Web Gallery of Art]

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GospelJohn14:23-29 (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition, Canada)
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me. ‘I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, “I am going away, and I am comin…

Still Got Easter Joy? The Power of the Resurrection

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Still got the Easter joy? We’re only half way through the Easter season, yet most people have moved on. They’re thinking of summer vacation, or better yet, Christmas! I know a handful of people that are already counting the days to Christmas, shopping year-round for Christmas presents. But today, I want you to stop for a second and think about the power of the Resurrection. The fact that Jesus loved each of us so much that He would suffer and die on the Cross for our sins, and then rise from the dead, is so over-the-top love, that we need to stop and let that soak in. Who else in your life could claim that feat? No one. Who else shows that depth of unconditional love toward you? No one. This life-changing event was so momentous, in the arc of history, that we need seven weeks to celebrate the awesome power and love of God; an unparalleled power waged against sin and death; a supreme love that is never-ending and filled with mercy and forgiveness. Keeping the Easter Joy I hope the East…

'Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.' Sunday Reflections, 5th Sunday of Easter, Year C

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The Last Supper, El Greco [Web Gallery of Art]
Today's Gospel is from the Last Supper Discourse of Jesus.

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Gospel John13: 3i-33a, 34-35 (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition, Canada)
When Judas had gone out, Jesus said, ‘Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer.”  ‘I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.’
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John 13: 3i-33a, 34-35 in Filipino Sign Language



A familiar sight until a couple of months ago here in St Columban's, Dalga…

'I give them eternal life, and they will never perish.' Sunday Reflections, 4th Sunday of Easter, Year C

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The Good Shepherd Early Italian Christian Sculptor [Web Gallery of Art]
WGA note on this sculptureThe allegorical figure of the Good Shepherd was originally based on the pagan representation of a man bringing his offering to the altar but, by the 3rd century, had also come to represent the 'ram bearer' with its connotations of philanthropy and loving care. The latter image accorded well with the Christians’ understanding of a divine Shepherd who would lay down his life for his flock. In a period of persecution, such images had the advantage of directly addressing the adherents of the Christian faith while not drawing attention to them, since the images were already popular with non-Christians[emphasis added].

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Gospel John10:27-30 (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition, Canada)
Jesus sai…