CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 10 November 2018

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A message from the Catholic Church Lenten Campaign – Second Week

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The redemption journey of Jesus is moving towards Jerusalem and his identity as the Son is manifested in the Transfiguration. This scene has two important messages:

God envelopes the frightened disciples in the cloud to protect them and give them a sense of security following Jesus. If we look at what is happening today, we see a chaotic world, full of disputes, confrontation and argument, all of which make life bewildering.

However, God’s love is so mystic that through prayer, we can receive peace and strength.

The second message is listen to him. Listen and follow are two different responses. You can listen, but not follow—hear, but not listen.

In this era of information overflow, we see a mix of true and false, the diluted and the exaggerated, but through prayer and reading the bible reading we can listen to a clear message.

A dilemma can be; are we listening to voices or noise. Let us chose the voices, “Listen, anyone who has ears to hear”(Mark 4:9).

 

Listen Israel (Deuteronomy 6:4-5)

 

Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand 
(Matthew 4:17)

 

Calls his sheep follow because they know his voice 
(John 10:3-5)

 

Now your word is a lamp to my feet, a light on my path (Psalm 118:105)

 

Lord, who shall we go to? You have the message of eternal life (John 6:69)

 

Look, I am standing at the door, knocking. If one of you hears me calling and opens the door, I will come in to share his meal, side by side with him (Revelation 3:20)

 

Throw the net out to the starboard and you’ll find something (John 21:1-13)

 

Peter has set a good example. After listening and following Jesus’ words, he got a bumper catch of fish, despite having spent a whole night empty-handed.

In this Lenten period, particularly in celebrating the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Church has reminded us to practice love. “This is my commandment: love one another” (John 15:12),“Listen to him” (Luke 9:28-35).

In response to these words, let us practice the follow suggestion. Stay quiet and pray for the one you love at this moment.

There is an advertising slogan for a beverage that runs: “Have you tasted today?”

Our Lenten slogan could be, “Have I prayed for the one I love today?”