( No Mass on Easter Sunday Evening)
12-1-20 – Praise is what we are made for
Hi everyone, last week I had the opportunity to go to the Immaculata Mission School up in Toowoomba. One talk I heard was around praise. As Catholics we all probably think that sing-ing hymns is praise. It is but it’s a whole lot more than this. Praise is our response towards the nature and character of God. In Exodus 3:14, Moses encounters the burning bush and Yahweh says I am who I am. These words are so profound. God could be described as the sheer act of being. The only way for us to begin to comprehend this is to surrender to the mystery. As hu-mans we have a tendency to control our responses regarding who he is. We can know a lot of facts about God but he wants us to ponder his awesomeness. It’s a bit like when we gaze from a mountaintop at an amazing scene of creation. We are filled with awe over God’s amazing crea-tivity and design. We also feel small in his boundless magnificence. At the same time, we feel special that we are also made in his image and his loving gaze is always upon us. Praise is what we are made for. This is what we’ll be doing in heaven for all eternity. When we praise, it’s the closest we become to God in faith. In 2 Samuel 6:12-14 King David dances naked in front of the Ark o the Covenant. David praises in the messiness of life. When we don’t praise God or judge others who do praise, our spirit becomes arid. Praise is a natural part of being a Christian and a human being. Famous Dutch Jew survivor Corrie ten Boom recalls a story whilst in a concentration camp. She and her sister Betsie were put into the worst barracks with mattresses that were infested with fleas. Even the guards and supervisors avoided these barracks. One day, Betsie was revealed the following scripture – “Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus.” That’s it, Corrie! That’s His answer. “Give thanks in all circumstances!” That’s what we can do. We can start right now to thank God for every single thing about this new barracks!’ They began praising and thanking God for everything until Betsy said let’s pray for the fleas. Corrie could not make herself pray for the fleas. But Betsy reiterated “Give thanks in all circumstances,”‘ ‘It doesn’t say, “in pleasant circumstances.” Fleas are part of this place where God has put us.’ Corrie thought Betsie was wrong but she was in fact right. The fleas were a nuisance, but a blessing after all. The women were able to have Bible studies in the barracks with a great deal of freedom, never bothered by supervisors coming in and harassing them. They finally discovered that it was the fleas that kept those supervisors out. Through those fleas, God protected the women from abuse and harassment. Dozens of desperate women were free to hear the comforting, hope-giving Word of God. Through those fleas, God protected the women from much worse things and made sure they had their deepest, truest needs met. +++ This week I’ll be away in Sydney and there will no Wednesday or Friday masses.
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THE REFORMATION TODAY: AN ECUMENICAL PERSPECTIVE
2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Many historians consider the Reformation one of those epoch changing events in the history of the Western world. But what does it mean for people in Australia 500 years later? Was the Reformation just a series of pointless disputes which have little relevance to the church today? Or is the church today the living legacy of the Reformation, and if so, what does this mean for us? Join us as we ask these questions together.
Dr. Chris Hanlon — The Reformation a Catholic perspective, 8 August 7:30pm Holy Family Catholic Church, Indooroopilly