Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel Wednesday 12 December 2018
"learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11,28
The wise saying of two thousand years , but did it get into our consciousness , our mind ? The great Ghandi said it, that Christianity is wonderful, but Christians are like the stones in the blessed water if you smash them they are dry on the inside the life-giving water does not permeate through them !
Indeed is it possible to win a battle with gentleness , humility ? Saint Martin , when the Frankish broke into the Roman Empire and under the leadership of his emperor ,he as the supreme commander faced the intruders , on the battlefield he had the courage to say lets not conquer the people , but try to convince these people with kind words ! It is better together , to build God’s kingdom , then warring , hunting each other down ! !It is amazing but the battle did not occur that day . Saint Martin put the arms down and went to the enemy lines , proclaimed the gospel and the Frankish people converted ! These are the people who protected Europe then , when the Moors have already occupied the whole of the Iberian peninsula , and they were already fighting in the present area of France ! The battle in 732 , was going on at the tomb of the national saint of the Frankish people , below Poitiers , this where Charles Martel stopped the advancement of the Saracens ! 1700 years have passed since the birth of Saint Martin and today in France more than 700 churches are dedicated as a tribute to Saint Martin proclaiming , that the gentle dialogue , the humble word will produce its fruit for the benefit of mankind !
May God grant us that we not only hear Jesus Christ’s precious gospel , but that it maybe the compass of our lives , in our decisions , words showing the way , our lighthouse ! Lets dare as good sisters and brothers gently, humbly , address each other with kind words , and then we will step onto the land of miracles !!
With love ,
translated by dr k.e.
Jesus said, "Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel Tuesday 11 December 2018
“..it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost."
The smallest , the most vulnerable of our society nowadays are the lonely elderly people ! I receive phone calls on a daily basis , letters from elderly people left on their own. , that I send somebody, anybody who is willing to help them with the shopping , cooking and cleaning ! From a big city just today an elderly woman rang me , the the festive season is here and the person who normally takes care of her , told her that she wants to go home to her family for the festive seasons , and to look for someone to take care of her during this time ! I listened to her complaints , she has two sons, daughter -in-law , a grandchild but they live far away and they cannot come home….By the way I have been to this nice lady’s home and truly she has a great need for someone, who not only keeps her house tidy but also her spirit ! Even for a young person it is no good to be alone , let alone for a person who can hardly get by.!!
I remember that back in the days as young novices we were regular visitors in the old people’s home operating in Gyulafehérvár ! In the spring just by taking a small bunch of snowdrops and it brought tears of joy in the eyes of many, many elderly women . With time we discovered that not only consoling words were needed, but cutting nails, soaking of corns on their feet, for both the elderly men and women! I took a shaver, some soap and in one afternoon -we novices only had one short hour to go out-I could shave 2-3 elderly men !! At Christmas time we cut off the branches of a big pine tree, and this way in every ward there was a nicely decorated branch , with a few lollies, sparklers and lots and lots of happy laughter, singing! One of the ladies was convinced that I was her son ….she became my guardian angel! Poor soul she did not know much about herself by then , but before every exam I visited her with a small gift , she embraced me and promised that she is going to fix up everything with God, I should just calmly go to do my exam ! Naturally I also studied , but with my heart filled with gratitude I can say, that there were many such years at the seminaries , when practically I received distinction for most subjects , that I right until today I put down to her intercession !
Dear Brethren, without any intention of offending anybody I can say that we spend so much time with a family pet, how great it would be if a lonely elderly man , woman could become my “favourite “ ! How good it would be if daily I could pay a short visit to my lonely brethren in my vicinity , or when I do my own shopping I would also place an extra bread roll or two , a bit of veggies into my basket ! It is possible to free the good will, intention , love in people and direct it towards the lonely elderly , then I believe that all of our lives would change ! Because it is good to be good, it is good to go to a person or more in trouble in the name of God !! Our Creator will generously reward you for every glass of water, good word that we give to the least , God will never be indebted to anyone !
In our child protection homes we always took in granddads , aunties , from many homes the children go out with wheelbarrows carrying food to the elderly ! I continuously ask the colleagues , that following the example of Jesus Christ who visited the elderly mother-in-law of Saint Peter lying sick in bed we should also go to our sick , elderly brethren and help with love !! We Christians often vehemently reject the introduction of euthanasia “ In 2002 Holland became the first country to legalise it . Those who can take advantage of it are the ones who “suffer from uncontrollable pain “ and they have no hope of getting better . According to the laws it is not prerequisite to have a terminal illness . Unfortunately “It seems that more and more patients are asking for euthanasia and more and more doctors are willing to fulfil this request “ -said Agnes van der Heide , from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam a member of the medical board , leader of research .” I am attaching the writing published in the Index to my writing !
At times like the quietness of Advent lets think about that, even though we are not waiting for old age but it will certainly come to us ! We may have savings, , but unfortunately such a world is coming where even for very well paid jobs they will get people wanting to work with a great deal of difficulty! This way if we don’t invest our time , money in children, then it may very easily happen , that we will be left on our own and in our latter years , suffering from illness there won’t be anybody by our side, to take care of us , nurse us,look after us ! In Erdély one of the biggest challenges for our villages, towns Churches is the fate of the elderly left alone !
During the preparation for Advent lets visit lonely, elderly people! Lets turn our faces towards the least, most vulnerable ones , our elderly brethren left on their own !
translated by dr k.e.
What do you think? If a shepherd has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost.
Matthew 18, 12-14
Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel 9 December 2018 -2nd Sunday of Advent.
Dare to be a reindeer !!
If you cannot be an angel at least be a reindeer. Help others so they can be good, do good ! Lets help each other to live in love, harmony, to hope for all the best and beautiful ,to become a precious gift, treasure for their family, surrounding!!
As the plot asks “make easy for me this difficult devotion, loyalty ! Lets help each other to live as good Christians , so that our lives may become a psalm praising God, to become a blessing for our creator God !! Lets teach our children , the ones living around us how sweet and wonderful it is to live in love, to praise God !! In one word following in the example of Saint John the Baptist making the Lord’ paths straight !….
With love ,
translated by dr k.e.
In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, "The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'"
Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel 8 December 2018 Feast of the Immaculate Conception of our Lady.
Mary dares , can say “ yes" to God’s request !! God also calls the rich young man , but he does not dare to say “ yes", he does not dare to get going holding onto God’s hand , on the way of serving love !! You as well , as I am, also called on by God , our Creator calls us through our conscience !! We do not have to think about big things , the sea is made up from tiny droplets!! God did not disclose to Mary either, every task, calling in Her life at once! The road from the simple “yes” in Nazareth , till becoming the Queen of Heaven is very arduous, long !!
God is calling you as well , when you quieten down , in the hour of prayer you will feel in your heart what it is that you have to do just now !! He will not present you with a written statement as to what way of life you have to pursue , but He will always show you the next step ! Perhaps today your Creator is only asking you to sit down quietly to study, move on by teaching yourself , or buy a nice flower for the one you love , dare to go with trust to her and dare by saying yes to life to establish a family, to accept the gift of a child ! Everybody’s way is different , but if your Creator holds your waist , and you let Him trustingly then He will guide your steps as well !! God leads you step by step .
translated by dr k.e.
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary. And he came to her and said, "Greetings, favoured one! The Lord is with you." But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end." Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I am a virgin?" The angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God." Then Mary said, "Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word." Then the angel departed from her.
Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel 6 December 2018 The Feast of Saint Nicholas
"Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. “Matthew 7, 21
Love gives birth to love, kindheartedness to goodness ! A kindhearted man saw the struggles of a widower , when he wanted to marry off his three beautiful daughters . Magnanimously before the wedding he threw in a few pieces of gold , at the feet of the young girl feverishly getting ready . Perhaps he thought that our Lord Jesus Christ performed His first miracle at the wedding in Cana . The years went by and Nicholas also helped the second girl in secret . Before the wedding of the third girl he set out again with a small purse with gold coins, but this time the girls watched out for the man giving out secretly gifts , embraced him , who for his goodness finally he was chosen as a bishop.
The unselfish good deeds of Saint Nicholas , started an avalanche of love from the town of Myra in Lycia , situated in the present area of Turkey, that grows bigger for close on 1800 years , sweeping away in the middle of winter our world sunk into selfishness , solitary greediness . On this day everybody tries to be good, to do good ! On this nice winter day even such people set out on the way of love, who during the year are too busy , and perhaps they do not even realise themselves , yet driven by an inner force get going, making sacrifices , in one word serve , love, hurry to the aid of their fellow human beings !
On this nice winter evening I ask God’s blessing upon all of those , who following in the footsteps of Saint Nicholas set out, taking on themselves the spirituality, kindheartedness of the great bishop who lived close on 1800 years ago ! I believe that love is capable of renewing our tired world .
translated by dr k.e.
Picture : a small child is delighted with her gift of a doll.
Jesus said to the people "Not everyone who says to me, "Lord, Lord", will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only one who does the will of my Father in heaven. "Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great was its fall!"
Matthew 7, 21, 24-27
Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel 5 December 2018
"I have compassion for the crowd,” Matthew 15, 29
Our Lord Jesus Christ feels sorry for the people ! During the first days of Advent on 3 December , we visited with Csák János and V. Simon László one of the best known prisons in Budapest , the so called “ transit prison” establishment ! I spoke to simple folks with plain words , I told them that we are all waiting for Advent , and I believe that no matter how long their time of Advent is sooner or later Christmas will come and that they should not give up hope, because it is certain that for them as well the long awaited day will come when they’ll be free !
In Hungary close on 20,000 people are imprisoned , the angel will come to the prison as well this year !! I was looking at the people and even though I knew that some of them committed terrible crimes my heart was filled by genuine sorrow ! Apart from the sorrow all along and even now the gnawing anger is there as well ! Yes I am angry with myself , the Church, the education system , because we were unable to tell the people clearly, nicely , intelligibly the ten commandments written by God on the stone slab! If we could have taught these commandments , if we could have carved into their hearts our God’s guidelines to happiness then I doubt it if today we would be building prisons , instead they could be transformed into museums !
These people should sue all tolerant, accepting ,liberal education systems who are accomplices , and even their own parents as well, for the fact that they have to be languishing in prison now for 10-20-40 years in an area between 3-4 square meters ! I would bring every parent , teacher, actors who stand on a stage, politicians forming public opinions and naturally priests as well for a quiet time in Advent, and I would lock them at least for a day in one of the cells here , where if they stretch their arms out they can easily touch both parallel walls easily ! Yes every single person who wants to address children , adults , should humbly move in at least for a day or so into such a prison , so that they can suddenly realise the weight of their own words , responsibilities, deeds/ actions.
We teach the rules of physics, chemistry , mathematics, spelling to our children ! Why don’t we explain nicely , clearly to the generation growing up God’s ten commandments ?! I believe that God’s precious showing the way should be included as a subject for matriculation , in the light of which we could live our earthly lives in power, health , peace.!
In the rules of the road they introduced seatbelts , and for children , babies special seats and even though at first people were angry , rebelling , but by now it was proven that just because of these two rules much fewer loose their lives , become disabled on the roads! The commandments, the control of freedom , are the wings of true freedom !! I believe that not only the prisons would become emptier if we paid seriously more attention to the laws guiding our lives , but even the child protection establishments, the hospitals , the divorce courts, but even the pharmacies selling sedatives could all reduce the number of their employees .
As a good preparation for Advent learn by heart God’s precious ten commandments , in the meantime at least on the internet pay a visit to a prison !
Praying for freedom,
translated by dr k.e.
Photo : An Advent meeting in a prison.
After Jesus had left that place, he passed along the Sea of Galilee, and he went up the mountain, where he sat down. Great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the maimed, the blind, the mute, and many others. They put them at his feet, and he cured them, so that the crowd was amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the maimed whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel. Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, "I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat; and I do not want to send them away hungry, for they might faint on the way." The disciples said to him, "Where are we to get enough bread in the desert to feed so great a crowd?" Jesus asked them, "How many loaves have you?" They said, "Seven, and a few small fish." Then ordering the crowd to sit down on the ground, he took the seven loaves and the fish; and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all of them ate and were filled; and they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full.
Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel Tuesday 4 December 2018
"At that same hour Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit... “
I arrived home to Déva from my missionary tour in Australia at 5 a.m. this morning . Before going to sleep I read today’s gospel . Even feeling sleepy it was good to read the beautiful story : as Jesus receives His 72 disciples returning from their missionary tour. Two thousand years ago these simple fishermen, shepherds , craftsmen , upon Jesus’ word set out as the first ones in the big, wide work for the benefit of their brethren . They carried no gold, silver in their satchels , but knocked on doors with a good word, love and together with the blessed “message” of the gospel they were welcomed everywhere with joy , love . Upon their words the sick were healed , the sinners repented , the world became better , cleaner , more beautiful. I tried to imagine as the disciples were sitting there around in a circle and excitedly , joyfully talk interrupting each other ! Jesus listening to them , smiling, with His face shining then stands up , everybody becomes silent listening to Him, and the Master rejoices , blesses the Heavenly Father for seeing fit to reveal to the “little ones “ the great secret : that it is good to be good , that with goodness , love people , the whole world can be made better .
My thanks and gratitude to God for everything !! Upon my Master’s word I did not take with me neither silver nor gold , or expensive presents , but with the Franciscan simplicity , poverty, with good word, love in my backpack I set out on the journey ! The journey was long, I got tired , but now sitting in my room in the first light of the breaking dawn I discussed with my Master the long journey's many-many wonderful moments . I told my Lord that in His name even in far away land people gathered and accepted His teaching with prayerful love . I also recalled that even though seemingly, in the big , wide world everybody is chasing after money , I experienced that it is not the money, material goods that are lacking , because people are not really thirsting after the sparkling, shining material goods , but the way I saw it people are mostly desiring mountain-moving faith , hope that will make them ready to act, love that will inflame their hearts .
I gave thanks with prayerful love for the many good people as well with whom I met in Australia , who undertook long journeys not only came so we could pray together, but also shared their homes food, clothing , provided transport by car so that by planes , according to the plans I could get everywhere on time. ! During the tree weeks like this -with help- I travelled over an area larger than the whole of Europe ! Thanks to the good organisation , I can say , that I managed to visit most of the areas in Australia, where roughly 80-90000 Hungarians live , and I could meet those who came ! I also gave thanks for the two angels whom Providence gave me on this journey , Kalotay Eszter and Juhász Boglárka , who not only accompanied me , but organised everything well ahead of time by phone, via the internet with all concerned and thanks to this everything went really very well . My gratitude to them for everything !
I believe that our Lord Jesus Christ listened joyfully to yet another missionary tour over the past 2000 years ! I believe that even today He rejoices when He sees that His children gather as good sisters and brothers , in peace and love , and in the light of the Holy Gospel preparing for the feast of Christmas rethink/plan their lives ! We are small, weak , but what we could do humbly we did as well ! I wish all those, to whom Providence lead us , a further blessed, holy time of Advent from our Master , praising my God I retire to a well-earned rest !
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
My gratitude for everything ,
translated by dr k.e.
Photo: I rested with my companions on this mission , Eszter and Boglárka in Queensland , in the Marian Valley .
At that same hour Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, 'I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.'
Then turning to the disciples, Jesus said to them privately, 'Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.'
Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel 3 December 2018 the Feast of Saint Francis Xavier Priest.
"many will come from east and west and will eat with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 8, 11
I am sitting in the international airport of Hong Kong . Around me the great multitude of people from the east and west ! I am looking at the faces, many , many calm , quiet people , older ones, young ones are waiting , talking, playing , reading , pressing the keys of their phones peacefully.! The aircrews are all from different places who brought us over from Australia, looked after us in the large aircraft all of them doing their jobs as real professionals who could not be faulted ! I am sitting quietly in the midst of this huge swirling crowd , on a bench , reading the holy scriptures , we all come from different parts of the world but I even surprise myself how at home I feel without without being anxious or perturbed ,I feel at home in this world totally unknown to me , even my heart is full of prayerful love towards all who work around me, come and go , leading their own lives ! Perhaps it will be like this when by the mercy of God we can sit down next to Abraham, Isaac , Jacob and the blessed Virgin Mother , the apostles , the greats of the New Testament in the Kingdom of Heaven !
I ask with prayerful love the blessing of my Creator on all travellers , for the people working at this huge airport as well! I pray also that all of us present here may find home in the kingdom of heaven as well !
translated by dr k.e.
Pictures from the airport of Hong Kong.
When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, appealing to him and saying, "Lord, my servant is lying at home paralysed, in terrible distress." And he said to him, "I will come and cure him." The centurion answered, "Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only speak the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, 'Go,' and he goes, and to another, 'Come,' and he comes, and to my slave, 'Do this,' and the slave does it." When Jesus heard him, he was amazed and said to those who followed him, "Truly I tell you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. I tell you, many will come from east and west and will eat with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 8, 5-11
Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel 27 November 2018
"Beware that you are not led astray !” Luke 21,5
Unfortunately our world is infected by fear !! Most of the films shown in the movies , on television is about disasters , that mankind just manages to survive !! But the politicians, scientists , often we priests have a tendency to overdramatise the reality and at times like this we have the dark vision of an impending end of the world!
In different historical ages of our world there were times when the sea level was that low , that one could walk from the shores of Australia to Tasmania situated 200 kms away . But when I was in Egypt , they showed that the present water level of the sea compared to previous ones that were about a 100 meters higher , the greater part of today's barren, lifeless desert was under water , from which mountains have risen , fertile islands ! Our world is alive , but it has been changing continuously and this change is unstoppable , ongoing ! No matter how long the hot summer is autumn will come , and whoever does not get ready for winter surely they will be cold ! To the geological , political, social changes one has to get ready wisely, flexibly , with enduring work and not panicking , shouting about the end of the world, panicking, frightening our children and ourselves !
Towards the end of the Church’s year , the writings from the holy scripture show the final events in gloomy colours , but we do not have to carve wooden crosses , but by the light of the Advent candles we should have to get cradles, cots ready. !! I encourage , reassure everybody to calmly buy long-life milk , and do the necessary autumn work in the yard , since every Christian holding the Heavenly Father’s hand has to get ready for the spring to come and not for the catastrophe of the end of the world that will sweep away everything!
With love ,
translated by dr k.e.
Photo : The Hungarians living in Australia donated 50 cradles to be passed on for the Transylvanian children .Four of them standing in the church in Oroszhegy awaiting a blessing.
When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, Jesus said, "As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down." They asked him, "Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?" And he said, "Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, 'I am he!' and, 'The time is near!' Do not go after them. "When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately." Then he said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven."
Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel….Monday 26 November 2018
"Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15, 12.
We can place on the collection plates material goods, money , more or less , but that does not hurt as much when we give from ourselves to our brethren with love ! This time I would like to put on the centerstage those who coming from Australia “give part of themselves “ with love to the Transylvanian orphaned children !
Dear Éva came from Brisbane a big city of two million people , visited us then with her husband and daughter made the decision to come as a voluntary worker for a year ! This young mother has a very nice voice , she is trained as a kindergarten teacher and over a year she came day after day , to teach the children in difficult situation to to read, write, behave , but also took a fair share of the work around the house, and also taught the children of Máréfalva many nice folksongs ! By the end of the year there was a lot of crying but they had to return to Australia ! In the meantime the correspondence continued and after a year aunty Éva and her dear family returned yet for another year. ! Yes this kind family did not give the two coins but two years from their lives to our children ! I believe that these two years will be something that will not be destroyed by rust or eaten by moth , as Éva said it this was the most beautiful 2 years of their lives and certainly the memories will last for eternal life !
From Australia thank God not only Éva and family came but many others. Kati néni became the guardian angel of the kindergarten in Déva . But from among all the kindhearted Hungarians from Australia first and foremost I have to mention dear Kalotay Eszter , who came from Sydney as a dental surgeon by this time 10 years ago !! Initially only for a couple of months , but by now spends 8-9 months every year in Transylvania , and only after that did she return to her grown up beautiful family of three children who left the family nest ! Yes Eszter as a blessed grandmother gives herself to the orphaned children ! She gives herself patiently , kindheartedly because she loves God very much and her people from which she also descended from!
During the past 25 years , in the eyes of God the most precious gift is that part of our lives , that we kindheartedly gave our Creator following the example of Saint Joseph to the children entrusted into our care ! On my part I also became much richer on seeing that our brethren from near or far how unselfishly are pouring the moments , days , years of their lives in the name of God for our children in difficulties , trouble ! I pray for the growing up young generation may also have the courage for sharing God’s most precious gift , time out of love , with love with their fellow human beings .
With a grateful heart for every moment that you gave kindheartedly to our children ,
translated by dr k.e.
Jesus looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. He said, "Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on."
Sunday The Feast of Christ the King ….25 November 2018
Who is my king ? The one whose will I fulfil , He is my king !
Abraham had a good life in the land of the Lord , amongst his relatives , but when the Lord speaks to him :The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you….all peoples on earth will be blessed through you….” Abraham did as the Lord commanded him with the people from his household and set out ! - Abraham is the king of God!
Moses is tending to his father-in-law’s sheep in Sinai when the Lord addresses him : "7 The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt.
11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
12 And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you..” God is Moses’ King !
Saint Francis sets out to a holy war but in a vision in a dream in Spoleto Christ asks him :” “Tell me Francis who is greater the Master or the servant ?” To Francis’ answer the Master is the greater -He asks further questions : “But then why do you want serve the servant and why not the Master ? “ Saint Francis decides by the side of of Christ, so Christ becomes Francis’ King!
We could continue on with the greats of the Old Testament and the New Testament , because all those who are called, addressed by Christ,the ones lead by God , who obediently follow the Creator’s holy will, in their lives God’s Kingdom has already arrived , they are the saints to whom we look up because Christ is already their King!
Who is leading me in my words, decisions ? My grievances , anxieties , my greedy, sinful desires, or other’s influence or my own intoxication with power ? Whose is the last word in my life ? Lets pray this day to ask our Lord Jesus Christ to free us from all the worldly sinful desires and to lead me with His holy will on the way of love, goodness , mercy ! Lets ask Christ to be our King!
translated by dr k.e.
Photo : The gentle Child Christ the King in the Marian Valley , in the land of Australia.
Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" Jesus answered, "Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?" Pilate replied, "I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?" Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here." Pilate asked him, "So you are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice."