Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel Thursday 14 February 2019
Often our prayer is so powerless !! We are knocking feebly ,timidly , we only turn to our creator God reluctantly , hesitantly , doubtingly !! Lets not be surprised if our petitions are not heard ! Lets learn from the pagan woman of Syrophoenician origin ! Lets ask courageously , persistently , lets knock , rattle till our petition will be heard !! Jesus likes the brave mother, fighting for her child , does not refuse her, but fulfils her almost demanding requests !!
Trusting in the power of prayer ,
translated by dr k.e.
Photo : The kind Sisters taking care of the mothers , children in trouble.
The Word of God
From there Jesus set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. He said to her, "Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children's food and throw it to the dogs." But she answered him, "Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs." Then he said to her, "For saying that, you may go--the demon has left your daughter." So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.
Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel….Wednesday 13 February 2019
“..what comes out of a person that defiles.” Matthew 7, 14
What sort of desires move me ? What do I long for my creator God , or for the creations of my creator God ? Did I get as far , that the Giver is what I want , or are still the gifts of the Giver that I want ? An important question : what did I put my hand out for today : For what did I tire , work for today ? For what did I give my day away for ?
Your heart is where your treasure is ! What you gather , is what you become ! ! If you searched for beautiful, holy things , then you’ll become beautiful and holy as well ! But if you look for sinful relations , you are lead by selfish desires for possessions , looking for rust eaten junk then quite certainly you’ll be also transformed to the standard, level of your “friend, goals “!!
Measure the desires of your heart to the Infinity,
translated by dr k.e.
Photo : The carer Éva produced a lot of, beauty, goodness from our children from Déva…. Sincere thanks to her for that.
The Word of God
Then he called the crowd again and said to them, "Listen to me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile." When he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about the parable. He said to them, "Then do you also fail to understand? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile, since it enters, not the heart but the stomach, and goes out into the sewer?" (Thus he declared all foods clean.) And he said, "It is what comes out of a person that defiles. For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person."
Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel Tuesday 12 February 2019
Hypocrites ! Hypocrisy ! Lets quieten down and look within myself, how much has this bad habit chastised by Jesus become ingrained in me !?
The man of our days very often is not “ existing “ only seems to be something we present, that is not what we actually are .During the past days we worked out the actual cost per the number of students using the budget for a Hungarian country school, also taking into account the number of "teaching days.” In that particular school the cost per day is five thousand five hundred forint . That means that every single school year is costing one million forint , This is how much money the taxpayers are paying every single student and this does not include any maintenance , building schools , nor any other expenses . I am asking, how much are the students, teachers actually doing for the taxpayers “donation” ?
Hypocrisy ! Unfortunately everyday happenings , to put in tenders for large amounts , make promises indiscriminately , then with the money received they give some form of account. Unfortunately the end result is that nothing comes of it . All sorts of so called “experts” have put in tenders for solving all sorts “made-up “ problems ! For example studies of the Hungarians living in the diaspora , reports using big words were prepared but just how much the people affected , communities in trouble profited from this is very questionable i.e. very little. Unfortunately , I know a group of such people who also putting in large tenders using photos of the children of the Saint Francis Foundation , then with a few face-painting tricks , and with a few banal offering give count of the money received from the tenders . . Hypocrisy !
We pretend that we pray , we pretend that we work , we pretend that we love one another and in the mean time we are scraping by like the barren fig tree ! This is how it is, lets not be surprised if Christ looking for fruit that we produced in our lives curses us . We can mislead ourselves , each other with hypocrisy , but we cannot mislead God . Lets sit down to study , we adults should do everything possible that the children really knuckle down to study , that the educational institutions kept up by a lot of money , may really become the citadels of knowledge , study , development, wisdom . For every single coin that came from the tax extorted from human labour , if you applied for it , at the last judgement you have to account for . Money that was tendered for is a talent , that if we do not make good use of , we can count on God’s judgement .
Hypocricy tries to worm its way in thousands of different ways into the deepest sanctuary our lives day after day , but lets not allow it, like a gardener the weed, lets get rid of it without mercy , because by growing “tall” it can suffocate us , killing everything that is valuable, important for us !!
Escaping from the sin of hypocrisy ,
translated by dr k.e.
The Word of God
Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him, they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders; and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.) So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, ‘Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?’ He said to them, ‘Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written,
“This people honours me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me;
in vain do they worship me,
teaching human precepts as doctrines.”
You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.’
Then he said to them, ‘You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition! For Moses said, “Honour your father and your mother”; and, “Whoever speaks evil of father or mother must surely die.” But you say that if anyone tells father or mother, “Whatever support you might have had from me is Corban” (that is, an offering to God)— then you no longer permit doing anything for a father or mother, thus making void the word of God through your tradition that you have handed on. And you do many things like this.’
Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel….. Monday 11 February 2019
On 11 February 1858 , in Lourdes the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette . At the site of the apparition a spring stemmed , in its water during the last decades many-many people regained their health. In 1993 Pope John Paul II declared 11February The World Day of the Sick. Since then on this day we pray for spiritual -bodily health on this day .
According to the gospel many people asked from Jesus Christ strength and healing and received it . Wherever He went " people at once recognized him, and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.” Mark 6, 53-56
Do I believe that there is a cure for my problems, illnesses , that I am capable to stand up , get better , start again ? Many of the people who go on pilgrimages to Lourdes , praying , fasting have been healed . Do I believe that fasting, the pilgrimage trying your body and soul , the prayer ,searching for the presence of God can also heal me ?
How great it would be if in trouble, sickness I would not let myself go , if I would not only trust my healing to the chemicals prescribed by doctors , but I would also get going repenting, visiting my homeland’s sanctuaries , with the prayer of body and soul would turn to my Creator . I believe , that not only on 11 February and not only in Lourdes , but on every single day of the year anywhere around the world God hears the prayer of the sick crying out for help .
Get up and go , according to the medicos we have to walk 10 kms a day . The lack of moving about is one of the most important source of the illnesses of our times . Our Mother the Church for thousands of years does not only want to take us on pilgrimages, but encourages us to use self-denial , fasting . The other canker of our days is the immeasurable consumption of food. Very many people eat till they make themselves ill. I believe that the healthy fasting is the physician of the body and soul .
The message of Lourdes is : set out own your pilgrimage , fast and with prayerful love search for the presence of your God , and you’ll be healed . You cannot trust your bodily-spiritual health only to the expensive medications available, you are more than the chemicals that can be obtained from pharmacies ! Your bodily -spiritual health is in your hand , trust in your creator God , who wants you that by increasing in strength , health you produce fruit , lasting fruit .
With love ,
translated by dr k.e.
The Word of God
When Jesus and the disciples had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.
Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel…... 10 February 2019 Fifth Sunday in Ordinary time
The God giving gifts ! Perhaps one of the most beautiful features of our God is His willingness to present us with gifts. Simply our existence , the creation are gifts , since our Creator presented the non-existing one with the gift of being .Then the existing one He presents with the conditions for existence , man with Eden, freewill , the power of freedom of forming the world, with art, wisdom , the endless opportunity of starting anew . God’s love of being a giver never ceases , giving mankind newer and newer opportunities , sending prophets into the world and in the final times even gives us His Holy Son : “because God so loved the world that He gave us His Only Son “. This beautiful feature of the giver is shining on Jesus’ face as well , He addresses the fishermen trying in vain during the whole night : “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”, Peter obeys and the net is filled with fish.Gift ? Blessing ? Miracle! In truth Jesus’ being is gift, blessing, miracle ! Jesus’ life is full of miracles , with beautiful moments of distributing gifts , since every single healing, teaching, consolation , good word is a gift . At wedding in Cana He gives close on 600 litres of wine to the happy wedding guests ! The family of Jairus quite certainly lived as a gift the healing of their child . The people around Zacchaeus quite certainly looked at the conversion of the greedy customs official as a gift . Jesus does not only give give gifts, He Himself was the gift, wherever He appeared, spoke the world became better , people became more honest, wiser . Good Friday , the redemption is a gift :” There is no greater love than this—that a man should lay down his life for his friends.
“God , the Creator, Jesus Christ, the Holy Trinity is a gift , blessing for all of us ! Let us think whether on our faces is this beautiful divine gift shining as well ? I wonder wether when and to whom did I give a gift in the past days, years ? For how many people is my being a blessing, gift ? Am I endeavouring to be a blessing, gift for my homeland and for all those who live , are in in my homeland : people, vegetation, animals , but even for the inanimate buildings, rocks, rivers as well ?
We are celebrating the sacrament of love, marriage ! ! Lets get going towards each other with a smile, a small surprise, attentiveness , gift !! Do not be afraid to step on the way of giving gifts , it is good to give gifts , to become the blessing of God, to become a loudly proclaimed good word of His in this world . The best gift we can give ourselves , if we also where we are , become gifts for all who live around us .
Lets set out on the narrow, bumpy, but beautiful way of becoming gifts .
translated by dr k.e.
Photo: our dear daughter Ibolya giving herself as a gift in the sacrament of marriage to her husband !
5 One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret,[a] the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.”11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel….Tuesday 5 February 2019
How many people are in the world like “the daughter of Jairus “, children in trouble, haemorrhaging women , people laying paralysed since long decades in today’s world as well, who say it crying :” I have no-one to stand by my side , who would help, who would take care of me .”In the past days I visited a lonely elderly, woman, who lost of leg due to circulatory problems . This elderly woman worked in a hospital for many long years , she has a small unit on the outskirt of the town , some pension as well , but she has no-one to help. Someone should go and do the shopping , fix up outstanding bills , to clean the place , and always for every task she has to ask someone . Unfortunately there are many such elderly people men and women. The way I see the tendency to accept the gift of children , there will be many more such lonely people .
The fabric of our society that was holding it together has weakened a lot . Because base on imagined , or real grievances we turn our backs on others incredibly easily , let go of one another’s hands . Many of our children in difficult situations have relatives, parents , but even most of the lonely elderly people have relatives , close family members . Jesus Christ bends down to a total stranger , putting everything aside and sets out to Jairus’ place , to help a suffering child , He also addresses the sick woman even in the large crowd .
How good it would be if we would also transform in the image and likeness of Jesus Christ !! On this day lets pray , that the beautiful features of Jesus hurrying to the sick child, bending down to the sufferer may also shine on our faces as well . May God grant us that first and foremost we take care and nurse our blood relatives , but following the example of Jesus we also will be able to turn to the strangers as well with merciful charity .
With the devotion of a lesser brother ,
translated by dr k.e.
Picture : Be the Saint Christopher of the XXI century .
The Word of God
When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered round him; and he was by the lake. Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet and begged him repeatedly, ‘My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.’ So he went with him.
And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. Now there was a woman who had been suffering from haemorrhages for twelve years. She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she said, ‘If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.’ Immediately her haemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, ‘Who touched my clothes?’ And his disciples said to him, ‘You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, “Who touched me?” ’ He looked all round to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.’
While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, ‘Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?’ But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, ‘Do not fear, only believe.’ He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. When he had entered, he said to them, ‘Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.’ And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, ‘Talitha cum’, which means, ‘Little girl, get up!’ And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement. He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.
Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel Saturday 2 February 2019 The Feast of The Presentation of our Lord.
9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God..” John 1, 9-11
Today at the conclusion of the holy mass everyone who wanted came forward and lit their candle from the candle on the altar! Those who received the light and are carrying it- according to the teaching of Holy Scriptures -they are the children of God !! Beautiful picture I take the light consciously into my hand and I get going towards my brethren !! You cannot fight with darkness, it cannot be broken up, or shovelled out through the window , but it is unnecessary to do so, because were the light shines the darkness is dissipating, as the lack of light is the darkness itself ! It is this simple !
You decide as well, to hold the light and get going towards your brethren !
translated by dr k.e.
The Word of God
When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord’), and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, ‘a pair of turtle-doves or two young pigeons.’
Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,
‘Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace,
according to your word;
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles
and for glory to your people Israel.’
And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, ‘This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.’
There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband for seven years after her marriage, then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshipped there with fasting and prayer night and day. At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.
When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favour of God was upon him.
Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel … Friday 1 February 2019
“..someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. Mark 4,26
The physics of the XXIst century superseded ,the classical Newtonian physics even though it seemed logical, explainable , by the quantum physics , based on its results . I am convinced the classic teaching, psychology based on sound logic , also in the near future is going to take a huge leap forward so that it can help children and adults in reality !!
What am I thinking of ?? At the beginning of the XX. century the physicists in the course of their experiments were amazed to see that the tiny molecular particles do not behave according the classical laws of physics !! A lot of interesting discoveries were made by the experimenting physicists , although they suspect that they are only scratching the tip of the iceberg ! These discoveries quite certainly bit by bit are going to infiltrate our lives as well!
We hear it very often that the past determines our lives ! According to the quantum physics if the little particle passes through two apertures on a light sensitive plate, it will reach its destination not only on two well calculated points , but just like the rolling sea it will leave its mark on large number of points of the light-sensitive plate !! The aperture into which the particle was forced, does not rob it from its freedom does not determine the obstacle that forces it to field that is key factor in determining it!
I admire our children !! Many of them despite their short lives experienced a lot !! Looking at it in the human context , those narrow spaces through which they forced themselves through , to stay alive should determine their lives !! Thank God , I am amazed to see , that the wounds of the past are not determiningthe lives of our children !! The falling apart of their families , the loss of parents and other tragedies I would not like to speak about does not determine their future ! Free will is capable of overwriting everything. Neither the parents, nor the teacher, nor the misfortune , neither the unexpected lucky breaks are not capable clearly to determine their lives !!I believe that this is not only true for the lives of individuals , but it is true in the life of people, nations as well!! I am convinced that our people’s lives are not determined by Trianon, the two world wars or 1956 , but our own free will , courage our faith in God, our trust and love towards each other!
We are free ! Not only the little particles , but we ourselves as well, but not only us , but the society originating form us is capable of moving much more freely than how some people may think !! Paying attention to our scientists’ discoveries lets expand our horizon , may our outlook on life be filled by the light of Christ’s teaching and lets live with the infinite freedom of the seed fallen into the ground reaching towards heaven.
Paying tribute to our scientists,
translated by dr k.e.
The Word of God
Jesus also said, "The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come." He also said, "With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade." With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.
Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel Wednesday 30 January 2019
You look at the picture , the snow covered landscape and you say , that it is beautiful ! Although like this ,stiffly frozen , a terrible struggle is taking shape in front of our eyes ! These pine trees , just like we as well received the commandment from our Creator to be carriers , the developers of life !! Their seeds fell into hard ground, but they decided to embrace life , they live and they want to live ! Their growth , their function comes to a standstill , in winter silently they crouch under the snow ! In the spring they burst new buds and celebrate their victory over the icy winter aspiring to annihilate the existence by growing a newer crown !! Every year with a flush of victory they grow a new set of branches even though they know that their victory within a few months will come to nothing , and again the icy winter will hit the branches again , yet they still grow towards heaven!!
Today reading our Master’s words about the sower I would not like to reflect , how blessed is the soil , that accepts , is fertile , or thorny or maybe rocky ? But about as a seed carrying life what my duty is : My duty is to accept the soil into which I fell , into which my ancestors died , conquering the difficulties growing big , to produce fruit, lasting fruits !!Are there worries , difficulties , problems ? Certainly there are lots of problems in this earth, thorny, alkaline , rocky soil, but this is what was given to us ! Certainly there are very difficult frosty days, nights, but we have to endure , hope in that , that the blessed blessed sunshine, the spring is coming , when triumphantly new hope, new dream will spring in my heart !!
In the icy winter , awaiting the blessed spring ,
translated by dr k.e.
Photo by Fodor István , up on the Hargita .
On another occasion, Jesus began to teach by the sea.
A very large crowd gathered around him
so that he got into a boat on the sea and sat down.
And the whole crowd was beside the sea on land.
And he taught them at length in parables,
and in the course of his instruction he said to them,
"Hear this! A sower went out to sow.
And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path,
and the birds came and ate it up.
Other seed fell on rocky ground where it had little soil.
It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep.
And when the sun rose, it was scorched and it withered for lack of roots.
Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it
and it produced no grain.
And some seed fell on rich soil and produced fruit.
It came up and grew and yielded thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold."
He added, "Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear."
And when he was alone,
those present along with the Twelve
questioned him about the parables.
He answered them,
"The mystery of the Kingdom of God has been granted to you.
But to those outside everything comes in parables, so that
they may look and see but not perceive,
and hear and listen but not understand,
in order that they may not be converted and be forgiven."
Jesus said to them, "Do you not understand this parable?
Then how will you understand any of the parables?
The sower sows the word.
These are the ones on the path where the word is sown.
As soon as they hear, Satan comes at once
and takes away the word sown in them.
And these are the ones sown on rocky ground who,
when they hear the word, receive it at once with joy.
But they have no roots; they last only for a time.
Then when tribulation or persecution comes because of the word,
they quickly fall away.
Those sown among thorns are another sort.
They are the people who hear the word,
but worldly anxiety, the lure of riches,
and the craving for other things intrude and choke the word,
and it bears no fruit.
But those sown on rich soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it
and bear fruit thirty and sixty and a hundredfold."
Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel…3rd Sunday of ordinary time……27 January 2019
‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind,to let the oppressed go free,to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’ Luke 4, 14
With what wonderful wisdom does Jesus Christ initiates , the proclamation of the gospel in His homeland ! He teaches with infinite love , goodness , heals the sick and people are outraged by Him. Jesus remarked “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home.”58 And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.” Matthew 13,57
Why is it so difficult to see with our eyes and think at some length what the other person is telling us ! A great proportion of Jesus Christ’s contemporaries are unable to make sense of the wonderful , wise teaching ! Two thousand years have gone by and Christians are murdered daily ! For example today in the southern part of the Philippines terrorist detonated a bomb in the church during mass that left at least 27 people dead and 77 injured . Two time bombs went off in Sulu province in the capital Jolo in the cathedral there the first one during mass, the second one in the parking lot after the rescue work has started , according to a military spokesman Gerry Benson .
People cause each other , themselves a lot of pain . Around me wherever I look children, adults live overwhelmed by their wounds ! It would be so simple to go to one another and calmly ask them , look “this is what I’ve heard “ is it true and if so why did you do this or that ? We are not even trying to find out the truth, we just detonate if not a time bomb then a judgement or the bomb of slander , accusation !!
Lets look into ourselves and lets try to greet with great love , accept my brother living next to me , I should want and be willing to open and continue a dialogue with the ones living in my vicinity !
Let us pray with the words of our father Saint Francis ,
translated by dr k.e.
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.
O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.
The Word of God
Since many have undertaken to set down an orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed on to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word, I too decided, after investigating everything carefully from the very first, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the truth concerning the things about which you have been instructed.Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.
When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:
‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’
And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, ‘Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.’
Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel Saturday 26 January 2019 The Feast of Saint Timothy and Saint Titus
I believe , I am convinced , that despite all my weaknesses upon the request of the apostles ,the Lord of the Harvest , sent me to work into His harvest!!
I was ordained a priest 30 years ago by Bishop Jakab Antal in Gyulafehérvár !! I weighed 59 kilos then , the communism seemed endless , there was neither future, nor prospect in anything , but I trusted in God, in my superiors in the Church , who all spent time in prison because of their faith and I set out in God’s name with my companions !
The years have passed , now in 2019 , aged sixty , a priest for 30 years , I have to say humbly , that the harvest is very, very abundant, plentiful and often quite hard , in fact often it was a rough situation, but I was never disappointed in God, in my Church !! I received thirty wonderful years from God, I could walk in the land of miracles with our children , I could experience God’s infinite kind-heartedness , His merciful patience ,and that divine wisdom that not only lead me out of all difficulties , but it also formed me , made me smarter , better, wiser !
My heart is filled to the brim with gratitude towards my Creator God , who saw it fit not only to call me , but despite my faltering to lead me step by step , and present me with an unbelievable , beautiful big family !! For all this with gratitude in my heart I proclaim , according to the will of Christ : My Brethren "The kingdom of God has come near to you.” Luke 10, 9
translated by dr k.e.
Photo : Virk László
The Word of God
After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. He said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest. Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, “Peace to this house!” And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the labourer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; cure the sick who are there, and say to them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.”