Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel….Easter Monday 22 April 2019
" Sprinkle me with a wand of hyssop, and I shall be clean; washed, I shall be whiter than snow; “ Psalm 51,9
According to some unconfirmed sources - the women who were running home joyfully from the tomb of Christ , the apostles had to sprinkle them with cold water to calm them down ! I am not sure what the truth is , but the fact is that one of the nice customs of Easter Monday is the sprinkling of women with water ! I would not like it either if our girls , dear colleagues my loved and respected female acquaintances would “wilt” ! Us , priest usually use holy water for sprinkling , that is why at least in my thoughts , on the feast of Christ’s resurrection I sprinkle all my female acquaintances with the blessed water with prayer and love !
In this sparkling spring , I ask the blessing of God upon all precious women, girls that you maybe able, willing to devote every precious minute of your lives for the acceptance, carrying , nurturing of life ! God’s will is that we man work in the inanimate world , struggling for the everyday necessities, but you women should serve life by taking care of your husbands , your children the elderly, the sick ! Indoor hands rests the past , the aged , the graves of our departed , but the present as well , the mountain moving masculine strength that can be constructive , but also can be destructive , and naturally the future as well , the conceived , born, growing-up, developing child ! It is with great respect, love that I pray for you and for us men as well , that with the blessing of our creator we can be your partners, companions in the living, fulfilling of your calling, vocation!
The sprinkling is virtual , the prayer said in place of the rhyme, little verse , is real so I am also counting on my red Easter egg!
translated by dr k.e.
Photo : our girls from Déva waiting to be sprinkled by the young men.
The Word of God
So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, ‘Greetings!’ And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshipped him. Then Jesus said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.’
While they were going, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests everything that had happened. After the priests had assembled with the elders, they devised a plan to give a large sum of money to the soldiers, telling them, ‘You must say, “His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.” If this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.’ So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story is still told among the Jews to this day.
Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel Monday 15 April 2019 Monday of Holy Week.
‘Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?’ (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) John 12, 1
The man of our days has a tendency to explain everything , to adorn it , to dip it some sort of sweet coating so it becomes more palatable ! One can read a lot about the dilemma of Judas , why in fact does somebody stand on the dark side , why does someone become a base traitor ? Unfortunately everything is very subjective these days , everything can be interpreted in different ways , obscene , ugly things with a bit of psychological beating about the bush can be made presentable!! How much easier would it be to say that sin is bad that destroys body and soul , like the rust the metal ! lies , hypocrisy , stealing , betrayal are sin, evil things that cannot be explained but one has to repent it , we can only be free of them if we distance ourselves by honest, heartfelt repentance, remorse !
John knew his companions well , that is why he is not trying to obscure the truth, but calls a spade a spade :Judas was a thief , a greedy, money hungry man ! Sin does not have to be hushed up, glossed over , explained but has to be called by its name! Especially then when we recognise that sin within ourself !! Holy Week is the time of repentance ! We should not be covering up our own sins and especially we should not cherish it , but as we a toothache we run to the dentist , the same way we should turn to our father confessor and lets open up our spiritual wounds that were caused by sin !! Lets trust in our Redeemer , because quite certainly if we feel sincere repentance , make a strong vow, deliberate turning away from evil, then we’ll be saved !
Lets do our Easter reconciliation ! Our Heavenly Father awaits with love His prodigal children as well.
Father Csaba .
translated by dr k.e.
Photo : Jesus Christ accepted the death on the cross for the sinners , for us.
The Word of God
Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, ‘Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?’ (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) Jesus said, ‘Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.’
When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came not only because of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death as well, since it was on account of him that many of the Jews were deserting and were believing in Jesus.
Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel Friday 12 April 2019
"Is it not written in your law, 'I said, you are gods'? If those to whom the word of God came were called 'gods' - and the scripture cannot be annulled “ John 10, 31
Reading the gospel lets stop here , in fact lets pin our feet to the spot . Awesome lines ! Jesus Christ Himself referring to the Holy Scriptures says”.If those to whom the word of God came were called 'gods’ “ Jesus says these words in a very tense , one could say a life-death situation ! After this conversation if the Jewish people would not have been under the jurisdiction of the Romans, the Jesus would have been stoned on the spot !
Jesus not only knows the laws but also respects them , since He Himself said that : 17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished." Matthew 5,17-18
With a sound mind , knowing the laws , how can a man say such things in front of the people wanting to condemn Him : “the Father is i me and I am in the Father . “ Since He knows that a man cannot say such a thing about himself ! He can only say it is He is truly “the Son of God” , and behold Jesus was justified by the events , the He rose again from the dead and even today lives amongst us . For me this is clear , and If all on my knees in the presence of this truth and I profess that Jesus Christ our Teacher, our Redeemer really is the Son of God .The question is that who are we people born of a fistful of dust ? What does Jesus mean "If those to whom the word of God came were called ‘gods” I am reading God’s word and despite this I feel myself to be a born from a fistful of dust, ready to sin, small , fragile ! Our Church has never accepted that man can become “like God” , because for man this is impossible, but always taught what Saint Paul put so nicely :" I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” Galatians 2, 20 A man who has free will can give himself to the Love , and then since the living Love is guiding his thoughts, words , deeds , since God lives in him , for that reason he also becomes a saint , he is not only one who is invited to a creator God’s wedding feast , but will be a real guest as well ! In the Creed we profess “We believe in the Communion of Saints”! Yes the Saints find a home in the community of Love of the Holy Trinity , that is why Jesus is saying to the future Saint Paul on the road to Damascus coming from the execution of Saint Stephen : “ Saul, Saul why are you persecuting me !” Not only Saint Paul feels that , Jesus lives in him, but Jesus Himself identifies Himself with the Martyrs , the Saints.
Hard talk but it is worthwhile listening to it , to reflect on it , because Jesus’ word , God’s Word are meant for us , this is the only light at the end of the tunnel , the only hope for the fragile man enclosed in this finite world , that opens a way to eternity , to our creator God’s wedding banquet !
We have to decide it is not enough to decide once , again and again , every minute of our life reading the Word of God , we have to decide in favour of Love and this way living my life with Jesus Christ living my life , I can also become the Saint pop God ! Jesus as a real person showed us that this is a feasible, on this road in reality man the Saint of God , can be a member of the living Community of Love !!
Laden under the Gifts of our Creator,
translated by dr k.e.
Photo : In the Church in Déva named after Saint Anthony, with his statue behind the Blessed Sacrament ..Community of Love.
The Word of God
The Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus replied, "I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these are you going to stone me?" The Jews answered, "It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you, but for blasphemy, because you, though only a human being, are making yourself God." Jesus answered, "Is it not written in your law, 'I said, you are gods'? If those to whom the word of God came were called 'gods' - and the scripture cannot be annulled - can you say that the one whom the Father has sanctified and sent into the world is blaspheming because I said, 'I am God's Son'? If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me. But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father." Then they tried to arrest him again, but he escaped from their hands. He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing earlier, and he remained there. Many came to him, and they were saying, "John performed no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true." And many believed in him there.
Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel Tuesday 9 April 2019
" I am he” John 8,30
It is possible that for most people this word does not say much , but for the reader of the Old Testament, the one who knows is these words mean the name of the Creator God ! When the Lord appeared for Moses to send him to organise the exodus from the land of slavery , then to the question of the patriarch God’s answer is incredibly concise" What is his name? what shall I say unto them?
14 And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you..” Book of Exodus 3 13-14 What does the original text mean ? Lets find out from rabbi Tamás Raj ! “ In Hebrew the future tense in Hungarian is the present and the same as the future tense this is why at the burning thorn bush God’s revelation can be interpreted two different way ( it is also customary) 1. “I am , who I am “ -but I cannot accept this , because God would not make such a supercilious statement “. “I’ll be , who’I’ll -this implies total uncertainty , that God would not want to send as a message to people . That is why my recommendation would be : I am who I’ll be “ - God lets Moses know that the promise He made the forefathers , now most certainly will take place .”
We believe and profess that Jesus said the truth , He is who Is the Everlasting , He has the promise , that was made to the forefathers by God , and now most certainly it will come true .”
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, As it was in the beginning, and now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
On bended knee ,
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The Word of God
Again he said to them, ‘I am going away, and you will search for me, but you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.’ Then the Jews said, ‘Is he going to kill himself? Is that what he means by saying, “Where I am going, you cannot come”?’ He said to them, ‘You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins, for you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he.’ They said to him, ‘Who are you?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Why do I speak to you at all? I have much to say about you and much to condemn; but the one who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him.’ They did not understand that he was speaking to them about the Father. So Jesus said, ‘When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own, but I speak these things as the Father instructed me. And the one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to him.’ As he was saying these things, many believed in him.
Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel Monday 8 April 2019
‘You know neither me nor my Father.If you knew me, you would know my Father also.’ John 8, 20
Just recently I met a man who called himself an atheist….. I asked him who is the God that he rejects ? After describing in a few words who is that God whom he rejected , the with a clear conscience I told him , that well done , that image of god that took shape in his head he did not take hold of his hand !! He looked at me with big round eyes then told me he does not understand what I am talking about !!
Just recently I met a man who called himself an atheist….. I asked him who is the God that he rejects ? After describing in a few words who is that God whom he rejected , the with a clear conscience I told him , that well done , that image of God that took shape in his head that he did not take hold of his hand !! He looked at me with big round eyes then told me he does not understand what I am talking about !!
That false, mistaken image of God that formed in him based on our surrounding, readings has to be discarded , because a sick faith is more harmful , than it helps!!
Then I asked him if he would me to talk about my God ?! He nodded with the wind taken out of his sails and I started talking about Jesus Christ who on the night of Christmas came among us in Bethlehem !! About that Infant who embraced Mary , tousled Joseph’s beard , smiled on the shepherds , the kings of the Orient !! Yes if we get to know our Redeemer , then will know our creator God as well. The way to God is through Jesus !! For us to have a correct image of God first of all we have to get to know the Infinity who revealed Himself through Jesus ! One does not have to be in a hurry , we should read calmly at some length the gospel and we get bogged down somewhere lets seek help unashamedly ..I am also gladly at your disposal !!
As the beautiful traits of the creator God’s face shine on the face of Jesus Christ , the same way will a healthy, image of God develop in us that gives us strength , faith , hope !! Reading Jesus’ teaching this image of God will become more and more beautiful , loveable, wonderful ! The feeling of the Holy Trinity as an open community of love towards us as well , the spring sunshine , the flowering of our unfolding faith !! To set out with with Jesus in the light of the gospel towards the Holy Trinity , a wonderful adventure , that has no end to it , because God, the Infinity cannot be roamed over , even during an infinite time !
The purpose of our being is to get to know, love God and together with Him sit at the one table at the wedding feast !!
With love ,
Father Csaba .
translated by dr k.e.
Photo : Our children doing the novena of the Christ Child in the botanical garden at Piski. The Word of God
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.’ Then the Pharisees said to him, ‘You are testifying on your own behalf; your testimony is not valid.’ Jesus answered, ‘Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid because I know where I have come from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. You judge by human standards; I judge no one. Yet even if I do judge, my judgement is valid; for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me. In your law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is valid. I testify on my own behalf, and the Father who sent me testifies on my behalf.’ Then they said to him, ‘Where is your Father?’ Jesus answered, ‘You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.’ He spoke these words while he was teaching in the treasury of the temple, but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.
Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel 7th April 2019 5th Sunday of Lent
'Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.’ John 8, 11
Lent is the time of repentance, becoming reconciled, forgiveness ! Back in my days in the seminary in Gyulafehérvár I realised that anger , sin, and the worshiping love of God cannot all fit into one’s heart at the same time ! During our autumn work I was protecting my true or imaginary truth , I had a falling out with one of my companions. Then and there my being right overwrote the main commandment , the commandment of love ! At the end of the work we gathered for evening prayer in the chapel. I tried to lift my soul to my creator God , but had the feeling , that my prayer had no wings to soar , I was only stumbling along in the swamp of my tormented temper . My companion sat at the desk in front of me , I poked him , he turned around , I smiled at him and asked him to forgive me , lets not let the sun set over our anger ! He smiled back at me , signalled and both of us continued with the psalms ! The key turned the door opened up , the sun started shining in my heart , and at once I could “taste” the words of the prayer offered to God !
Lets dare to ask for pardon, kindheartedly forgive, forget about other’s debts , even at times when we are annoyed ,angry with someone and measuring on a human scale they do not deserve , perhaps they won’t even thank us for our goodness ! Our personal, living relation with God is worth more than anything else ! Lets believe in the final victory of love , the healing , life-giving great power and lets forgive each other from the bottom of our hearts !
translated by dr k.e.
Photo : The blessed sun shines through the thick forrest as well.
The Word of God
Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and making her stand before all of them, they said to him, 'Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?' They said this to test him, so that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, 'Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.' And once again he bent down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the elders; and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus straightened up and said to her, 'Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?' She said, 'No one, sir.' And Jesus said, 'Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.'
Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel Saturday 6 April 2019
Jesus is not crying in vain over Jerusalem, because this town had its days numbered , and yet how shortsighted are the people living here !? Their city is on the brink of destruction , the life-saving remedy in their hand and they do not grab Jesus’ blessing hand , Jesus’ outstretched right hand , but they are pondering over how they could destroy the Redeemer !?
This blindness is frightening ! Love, dialogue , reconciliation lead to life , turning away from each other , silent sulking , anger are the carriers of destruction !! They decided two thousand years ago , the big question is : how do you decide ??
In the holy time of Lent lets dare , want to search for Christ’s company , bathe my spirit in His blessed presence ! Following the example of my Master lets decide by dialogue , love, the Life incarnate .
translated by dr k.e.
Photo: two of our nice children from Déva .
The Word of God
When they heard these words, some in the crowd said, ‘This is really the prophet.’ Others said, ‘This is the Messiah.’ But some asked, ‘Surely the Messiah does not come from Galilee, does he? Has not the scripture said that the Messiah is descended from David and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?’ So there was a division in the crowd because of him. Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.
Then the temple police went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, ‘Why did you not arrest him?’ The police answered, ‘Never has anyone spoken like this!’ Then the Pharisees replied, ‘Surely you have not been deceived too, have you? Has any one of the authorities or of the Pharisees believed in him? But this crowd, which does not know the law—they are accursed.’ Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus before, and who was one of them, asked, ‘Our law does not judge people without first giving them a hearing to find out what they are doing, does it?’ They replied, ‘Surely you are not also from Galilee, are you? Search and you will see that no prophet is to arise from Galilee.’ Then each of them went home.
Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel Friday 5 April 2019.
We were invited to a family , I also had a couple of my teenager sons with me as well, who were like an energy bomb walking on two feet . Our hosts had a nice parrot called Pityu!! Of course the boys straight away picked out the nice birds and started to surround it . I was amazed to see that infinite calmness, careful touch , as my normally boisterous sons , sweeping away everything , slowed down and hold back their normally typhoon like whirling force and with infinite patience were approaching the little bird !! In the meantime I started talking with our host ! In a little while , perhaps my most boisterous son , to the amazement of our hosts joined us, with ethereal ease, with the bird perching on his finger !! Love , gentle goodness , a patient, calm approach builds bridges between worlds , created trust , friendship !!
My son instinctively stepped on the way of Christ , who even though is the great creator God of the world , still on the night of Christmas came amongst us as an unprotected small Child !! The burning love towards us made Jesus Christ small, weak, vulnerable and not only on the night of Christmas but forever ! Our only hope God’s tenderness , the infinite love , that made the great, powerful God , to become an unprotected Child nestling up to us !! Power in being powerless, greatness in the unprotected smallness !! Wonderful !!
The gentle patience of our Master as He is approaching us , we should not only admire , but we should also become kind-hearted lesser brothers of each other ! We should not be living in our own enclosed world whilst judging each other , causing wounds , but approach our brother with this patient, gentleness of Christ , lets try to bring out from each other the good , the saint . Love gives birth to love and brings to the surface such values from within us , who love and from our companions whom we also love , that we would have never dreamt of ! Love leads us into the land of miracles , to such a way of producing happiness that leads into the Kingdom of Heaven !! Love is the only force that can open a new era not only in the life of mankind but also in my everyday as well !! I told my children many times that the love of Christ is a real magic wand , that if we take it into our hand following the example of our Master , and we use it with His kind-hearted spirituality by which He became small, then we can create miracles in our own lives as well !! Lets set out on the way of love , lets take into our hand the most exciting God-given magic wand .
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The Word of God
After this Jesus went about in Galilee. He did not wish to go about in Judea because the Jews were looking for an opportunity to kill him. Now the Jewish festival of Booths was near.
But after his brothers had gone to the festival, then he also went, not publicly but as it were in secret.
Now some of the people of Jerusalem were saying, 'Is not this the man whom they are trying to kill? And here he is, speaking openly, but they say nothing to him! Can it be that the authorities really know that this is the Messiah? Yet we know where this man is from; but when the Messiah comes, no one will know where he is from.' Then Jesus cried out as he was teaching in the temple, 'You know me, and you know where I am from. I have not come on my own. But the one who sent me is true, and you do not know him. I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.' Then they tried to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him, because his hour had not yet come.
Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel Thursday 4 April 2019
"But I know that you do not have the love of God in you. "John 5, 46
Harsh talk! But before we start arguing with Jesus let's think how seriously do I take the first of the ten commandments :-“'You must worship the LORD your God and serve only him.’” !? How much would I give myself on a scale of one out of ten on my love of God ?! And here I am not thinking on the quantity of prayers that I have said , but not even on the distribution of gifts since Saint Paul wrote it beautifully in the Ode to Love :13 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, I gain nothing.” Corinthians 13, 1-3
How much do I love my Lord , my God !? How much do I seek His opinion in the way I lead my life , in my decisions, do I let Him to take my hand and lead me lovingly ? Do I dare to step on on roads with Him, next to Him that are narrow , steep, frightening ? Perhaps the most important question is : whom do I expect my happiness from , the giver of gifts or His gifts !? Everything and everyone is God’s precious gift one could say that our loving God’s wedding band , but whom do we love with burning love the ring or our betrothed who offers us everything ?
Recently I spoke with a woman who wants to leave her husband, job, homeland , everything ! She asked for my opinion, I encouraged her to faithfulness , perseverance and she took my hand and asked desperately hasn’t she got any right for happiness ? A very big question ! What is it that can make us happy ? An exciting journey, nice food , a big house , a new person offering a lot , built on the ruins of a family that took years to build ?
I am sitting in front of my creator God ! I feel very certainly my Lord that You are the happiness Yourself ! See, I have not even set out and I reached my goal ! I conquered without action ! The water bursts to the surface so that my life beside You will be a well with a spring and not a cesspit ! I am not asking however I am giving , I am not desiring happiness anymore , Would like to give, to share that light , magnificence that made me joyful! You can share the great God’s treasury !
translated by dr k.e.
The Word of God
‘If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. There is another who testifies on my behalf, and I know that his testimony to me is true. You sent messengers to John, and he testified to the truth. Not that I accept such human testimony, but I say these things so that you may be saved. He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. But I have a testimony greater than John’s. The works that the Father has given me to complete, the very works that I am doing, testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me. And the Father who sent me has himself testified on my behalf. You have never heard his voice or seen his form, and you do not have his word abiding in you, because you do not believe him whom he has sent.
‘You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that testify on my behalf. Yet you refuse to come to me to have life. I do not accept glory from human beings. But I know that you do not have the love of God in you. I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; if another comes in his own name, you will accept him. How can you believe when you accept glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the one who alone is God? Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; your accuser is Moses, on whom you have set your hope. If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But if you do not believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say?’
Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel Tuesday 2 April 2019.
The man of our days is afraid of illness, becoming overweight !! From not being aesthetically attractive in his own nor in the eyes of others , but unfortunately he is not afraid if sins disfigures his face, character ! Even though sins are what wound us most deeply .
To get off the way of sin consists of two steps : on the one hand lets turn our faces , attention away from those momentary “delights “ that pull us down, sully us , at the same time lets turn our faces towards the light , towards the real, lasting treasures. Everyone wants to be happy but a Christian knows that sin cannot give us real, longterm happiness . This is why it is important after the denial of sins to look for the will of God and to do that . Lets think of Saint Francis he hears the question : “Whom do you want to serve the Lord or a servant ?” God puts this question to all of us especially in the holy time of Lent : Whom do I really want to serve ? Do I want to serve my bodily desires , my vain, greedy instincts , my lying fears or would I like to become a co-worker of the God of love ? Saint Francis put down his arms , gave his saddle-horse and set out on foot to serve God.
Repentance, conversion of Lent is not complete if only I turn away from my sins . If I become quietened down -that may take a while -it is quite certain that God talking to me through my conscience will show me the road to true happiness . “Go , build my church- said Jesus Christ on the cross of San Damiano to Francis, and he , just as mary said “yes” to the request of God :" let it be to me according to your word.” Saint Francis’ road was not easy , simple , yet he sets out and even during his lifetime the world regards him not only blessed , but one of the greatest saints of the Church.
Lets turn away from our sins and pass over the key of our life with trust to our creator God . Despite all our weaknesses , unimportance He’ll lead us , will reorganise our lives , they will be things that He will take out and place such treasures into our lives that we were unaware of . The alkaline soil will turn into a garden of flowers , the pruned tree will be laden with abundant fruit !
With trust in God who offers us a chance to start again , working up to the present day ,
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Picture:Depicting the Christ of Kenya
The Word of God
After this there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha, which has five porticoes. In these lay many invalids—blind, lame, and paralysed. One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, ‘Do you want to be made well?’ The sick man answered him, ‘Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Stand up, take your mat and walk.’ At once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk.
Now that day was a sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who had been cured, ‘It is the sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your mat.’ But he answered them, ‘The man who made me well said to me, “Take up your mat and walk.” ’ They asked him, ‘Who is the man who said to you, “Take it up and walk”?’ Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had disappeared in the crowd that was there. Later Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, ‘See, you have been made well! Do not sin any more, so that nothing worse happens to you.’ The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. Therefore the Jews started persecuting Jesus, because he was doing such things on the sabbath.
Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel Fourth Sunday of Lent 31 March 2019
Today’s passage of the gospel is about two young men, but which one could be our role model ?? The idle sinful one who gets into bed with everyone , but cannot love sincerely anybody or the stale , pharisee like elder brother who is incapable to love his brother but mechanically keeps the commandments ? The one squandering all, or the sour puss who cannot be happy with anything ?For me neither of these young man’s way is the right one ! But how great it is that there is a third way !
In the Holy Scriptures there is a third son as well , the most beautiful gift of the Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ : 6 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3,16. I would like to place this Son , Jesus Christ as a role model in front of us !! During the coming nine weeks , till the Day of the Child , till we are waiting for the visit of Pope Francis to Csíksomlyó , during the time of preparation may our Master , Teacher be the Christ Child !
With love ,
translated by dr k.e.
The Word of God
Now all the tax-collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, ‘This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.’ So he told them this parable:
‘There was a man who had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, “Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.” So he divided his property between them. A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and travelled to a distant country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute living. When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and he began to be in need. But when he came to himself he said, “How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands.’ ” So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. Then the son said to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.” But the father said to his slaves, “Quickly, bring out a robe—the best one—and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!” And they began to celebrate.
‘Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on. He replied, “Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has got him back safe and sound.” Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to plead with him. Then the father said to him, “Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.” ’