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& 𝕊𝕋 𝕄𝔸ℝ𝕐’𝕊 ℙ𝔸ℝ𝕀𝕊ℍ, 𝕊𝕃𝕀𝔾𝕆
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May Altar’s have been designed in St. Mary’s for people to take home and display for the month of May.
They are available for collection from the Cathedral. Please call in and take one!
Day 39, The Sixth Wednesday since Easter – May 12th
I Still Have Many Things to Say to You
The end is near, in the upper room. Soon they will leave it, and never come back, but not yet. The Upper Room has been a sanctuary for Jesus’ disciples, now for 40 days or so. The disciples set up the festival there in joy on Holy Thursday, and have been here in hiding ever since. Jesus has been sharing with them insights to his identity, the depth of his commitment to them, and his expectations of them as his disciples – ambassadors of God’s love. He is running out of time, and worse, his disciples’ human brains are overloading already and he has so much more he wants to tell them. Lord we have a hunger to hear so much more from you, but our minds are so easily distracted, our memories limited and our hearts, well, you know what we are like. My heart rejoices that you have more to reveal to me about your self. This debunks the idea that You have said all You intend saying to us humans. Speak Lord, I am listening. Oh Lord, I love the sound, the scent, the feel of your Word.
Day 38, The Sixth Tuesday since Easter – May 11th
During the 50 days following Jesus’ resurrection we are told that Jesus appeared many times to the disciples, and, one suspects, that as the time for his ascension approached, He wanted to reinforce his message – first given in the same Upper Room, but before he suffered. Jesus wants his disciples, for all time, to share in his joy that the plan he, the Father and the Holy Spirit had was still unfolding. Now though, something new was about to happen. The fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, from which Adam and Eve ate in the garden of Eden, that knowledge was about to be shared in abundance. Jesus rejoices that when the Spirit comes, he/she will show ‘the world’ how wrong its claims were about who was right, about holiness and sin, and ultimately, about Him. The Holy Spirit doesn’t condemn ‘the world’, ‘the world’ had condemned itself. Holy Spirit come to me, fill me with that knowledge, so that my choices, my words and attitudes may reflect my love for Jesus, for you and for the Father.
Day 37, The Sixth Monday since Easter – May 10th
The Gospel passages at the moment may seem a little repetitive, but there is method to the ‘madness’ behind it. These days are the 50 days of reflection for those who have just been baptised, and they benefit us all. Being a follower of Jesus is in fact, hard, yet wonderful. In today’s passage he is alerting his disciples to the reality that if everything appears to be going wrong around them – that because they are fixated on his teachings, rather than agreeing with popular agendas that are contrary to the message of mercy, of truth, of compassion – then they are truly living their commitment to Christ and are blessed. As a community of believable believers, together we can endure anything, because Jesus endured it first. His love within us is released when despite rejection from ‘the world’ we live in, as we gather to celebrate Eucharist, we are affirmed that we belong to him, we are truly his disciples in the world today. We need reminding of this every day. Lord your blessing of peace comes from within and is confirmed with my community, my parish. Alert me when I am conforming to the low standards of this world, and send your Spirit to me anew, to keep my eyes fixed on you.
Day 36, The Sixth Sunday since Easter – May 9th
I Say These Things to Share My Joy
The entire chapter 17 in John’s gospel is a prayer. Jesus has finished teaching, explaining and responding to questions. In raising his eyes to heaven, he places himself in the hands, in the heart of the Father who loves him, and whom he loves infinitely. His care is not about himself as he faces into Good Friday, but for the disciples he loves, to this day. He speaks this prayer aloud so that his disciples would hear what prayer sounds and feels like – it is direct, engaged fully, it is grounded in reality and completely in God. Our prayer, our faith is not an escape from the difficulties we experience nor to fix them, it is protection from despair, a defense against the father of lies who would drag us into darkness and abandon us there. Through Baptism Lord, you have made us children of light, and our prayer, raising our eyes to you, reconnects us to the source of our joy, which sustains us daily. I renew by baptismal identity today – I belong to you Lord, you are my God, my saviour, and I will go Lord, if you lead me, I will hold your people in my heart, just as you hold me.