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Walk with the Lord

Walk with the Lord, Talk with the Lord!

The Easter Event, namely the Resurrection, is so huge and unique that it is impossible to fully grasp it with our human mind. I remember the story told of St Augustine, who was walking on the sea shore trying to understand the mysteries of God. He saw a young boy on the sea shore, who had made a hole in the sand and was running to the ocean to pick up some water in a coconut shell and running back to pour it into that hole. He was constantly running back and forth. Augustine called out to the boy and asked him, what are you doing? The boy replied, I am trying to empty the ocean into the hole I made. What, that is impossible? The boy turned back and told Augustine, do you then think it is possible with your little mind to understand and grasp the mystery of God!!!

There are two approaches that we can take when confronted with the event of the Resurrection, one: ‘oh, it is so difficult to understand and after all its a mystery, so let it be, we will just live our lives as best as possible”. The Second, the Resurrection is a mystery, in the sense, that there are white and grey and black areas. But it is not that we cannot understand something about it. St Paul himself teaches that God provides us an understanding of every mystery when he says, “I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery” (Rom 11:25), “With all wisdom and understanding, he has made known to us the mystery of his will” (Eph 1:8-9), also Eph 3:3-4, Col 1:26-27; etc. In Luke 24:25 we read, “Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.” Thus we need to take the second approach, to make every human effort to understand the “mysteries” of God, and when the time is ripe, “he will open our minds to understand”.

We must look at our Christian lives as a “journey” on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35). They were two of them (always walk in the company of fellow disciples);
They were talking and discussing about matters related to their faith (Jesus of Nazareth);
On the road, Jesus accompanied them, but they did not recognize him;
He entered into their discussion and began to explain to them about himself;
He accepted their invitation to “stay with us” for the evening;
He revealed his identity by signs (breaking of the bread, Eucharist), then they recognized him;
Their response, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
Having had such a great experience, of the Risen Lord, they walk all the way back to share the Good News with their companions.
Thus discipleship becomes an Emmaus Journey:
walking with the Lord,
talking with the Lord,
listening to the Lord,
discovering the Lord through signs and symbols of our faith,
allowing him to open our minds to a deeper understanding,
that our hearts may come to a stronger believing,
that what we understand and believe we will proclaim with our lips,
and do with our hands and feet!
Alleluia!!!
Br. Trevor D Souza OFM

 

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FRIARS' BIRTHDAY (September)

Date

Name of the Friars

Events

Year

02

+ Matthew Walsh

Jayaseelan P.R.

Home

Ordination

1969

2001

04

+ Kentigern Stuart

Home

1995

08

Arokiam John

Tom John

Arockiasamy P.

Niranjan Toppo

Birth

Solemn Vows

Solemn Vows

Birth

1976

1999

1999

1993

09

Salun Kispotta

Birth

1995

10

Athanasius Xaxa

Birth

1959

11

+ Paulinus van Halderen

Home

1999

13

Bangalore Friary

+ Vincent Roy

John Sekar

Blessing

Home

Birth

1952

1959

1982

14

Anthony Pushparaj

Birth

1976

15

+ Fidelis Magee

Home

1979

17

Stigmata of Francis

Varghese Sebastian

Richard D’ Silva

Assisi Illam Dindigul

Feast

Birth

Solemn Vows

Blessing


1947

1956

2010

18

Joseph of Cupertino

Feast


19

Mesia Elias Moses M.

Birth

1973

20

Tom John

Birth

1961

23

Padre Pio

+ John Forest Hogan

A.J.Mathew Joseph

Feast

Home

Birth


1962

1989

24

Shalom Friary –Hyderabad

Blessing

1995

25

Sagaya Soosairaj

Birth

1968

26

+ Fabian D’ Souza

Home

2010

27

+ Conrad Gomes

Home

1993

28

Nicholas D’ Souza

Lourdu Augustine

Pradeep Anthony L.

Birth

Birth

Birth

1945

1976

1992

29

Sushil Beck

Salim Baxla

Birth

Birth

1973

1974