Read more: Friday 25 January 2019Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel Friday 25 January 2019 The conversion of the apostle Saint Paul.
"‘Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation.”Mark 16,15
Lets pay attention to the fact that Jesus does not only send us to human beings but to every creature ! "19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.”Letters to the Romans 8, 19 ! and here God does not only think to the world of humans , but to the whole created world , the trees, the plants, the animals, all creatures of God , our brethren. A Christian can only be “green” , one who respects , loves nature !! Let us prat that our lives may not cause anyone , anything unnecessary pain, the plants, the animals should not be tortured, killed  without reasons, but according to the will of God we should humbly restore the conditions as they were in Paradise , living in peace with everyone and everything .
Saint Francis goes even further than this , the pledge of obedience ,means,  the conscious paying attention to others , hearing others , obedience , also means the hearing of the other’s unspoken thoughts ! Francis would like to obey the animals, the plants , even the inanimate objects too !! Yes it is not the same how you close a door, how you put your coat down , or when  you close the tap off after you wash yourself !!
My God grant us , that in reality all creatures may benefit through the fact that I converted, living my life reborn in God’s love !!
With love,
Father Csaba 
translated by dr k.e. 
The Word of God
And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation. The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; but the one who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: by using my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes in their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.’
Mark 16:15-18
Read more: Wednesday 23 January 2019Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel Wednesday 23 January 2019
"Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?” Mark 3,1
Jesus Christ could have asked this question like this as well : Is it allowed to place anything ahead of love ? On the list of priorities what occupies the first place for you or me ?? For the Pharisees , it was the keeping of the sabbath . God’s commandment , naturally the way they interpret it , is more important than anything else , it even overwrites the commandment of love , which also is God’s commandment , in fact this is the commandment of commandments , LOVE IS THE GREATEST COMMANDMENT !!  That is why we refer to all those in a derogatory sense , who twist and distort the facts till they will be in the right and so they can get out , with head held up high, from under all general commandments of love that are obligatory for anyone else !!
It is not long ago that the winter vacation finished , it lasted from 21 December till 15 January . With those children who were not taken home , who were not even visited by a parent, we rang a couple of them, so that the child could wish them joyous festive season . It was very awkward for me to listen to some of them , as they tried to explain to their  5-10 year old children, why they could not come , why they did not have time to ring up their child during the holidays , whom they otherwise love very much ! After ringing 4-5 very “busy “ mother or father I stopped ringing them, I thought, it would be better if I do not cause either the children nor myself unpleasant moments !!
Lets look into myself , how much of a Pharisee am I ? Whether do I hide behind such a few “important” tasks , instead of smilingly embracing my beloved child , members of my family ?! Unfortunately many times we also have sinned against the commandment of love , at times like this lets not try to “wriggle out of something “ , but sincerely , humbly lets repent and lets step on the way of the sincere, pure love ! The root of the matter is not who is right , but that we love each other with sincere goodwill , with all forgiving mercy ! 
Accusing myself of trespass ,
Father Csaba 
translated by dr k.e.
Picture : Jesus warned him:"And Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.”Mark 14, 30
The Word of God
Jesus entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man who had the withered hand, "Come forward." Then he said to them, "Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?" But they were silent. He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.
Mark 3:1-6
Read more: Monday 21 January 2019Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel Monday 21 January 2019  The Feast of Saint Agnes.
Fasting !? We are the children of a consumer society , of such a society, -even if we do not  say it out loudly - the slogan of which is is buy it and throw it away! There is immeasurable squandering going on everywhere ! I am convinced that the great task of the XXIst century ’s prophet  is that to lead out our world , without shaking it up, from this pleasure-hunting ,of this liberal world devastating everything, consuming everything , I am free to do , I am entitled to everything mentality !
Fasting: you could consume it , you could and yet you do not do it ? It would be good if our world would discover the strength, value hidden in the conscious fasting, self-denial,  giving-up ! The one who is dependant on a lot is not a free man , you are a prisoner of all that your existence, happiness depends on ! You are only really free , if your successful life, happiness and prosperity is independent of people’s opinion , from all the clothes you bought, from items of luxury , from electronic gadgets , from all sorts of odds and ends !!
Fasting ! Take your destiny consciously into your own hands, make decisions, every good decision is fasting , since you have to give up something ! Experience that whatever you have given up did not make you poorer , but lighter, freer ! Anything that you accept , you posses is a burden , it will finish up in your sack and you can drag it along ! Without a load the high mountains become hills , but with a large pack even the small hills will tower like unsurpassable rock cliffs ahead of you !
Fasting: The consciously chosen renunciation, giving up is a nice smelling flower , out of which you can make a bouquet for your God, who from the first sentence given to Moses in showing the way to happiness is asking from you , that you worship Him with burning love !! Who would want to have enough , grow “heavy” from nourishments that originate form the “mud" of the earth , when our creator God’s wedding feast is awaiting us !? Who would want to appear resplendent in richly-embroidered garments , in luxury articles pushing our world from a sustainable field, in luxury items that push our world into destruction, if we can put on the regal robe of good deeds , the real wisdom’s doctoral gown, the magnificent wings of the genuine love of God?
My Lord I am not awaiting my spiritual tranquility , joy from nice food, nor from expensive clothing, jewellery, items of luxury but from You who not only created me, but even invited me to Your Kingdom , for the wedding feast !! For this reason like one in love shedding all that is choking them ,scattering the unnecessary pieces of clothing ,desiring nothing else I am running into Your arms !! I am not awaiting happiness from the  creatures , but from my Creator , I don’t need the gifts , but the Giver Himself , neither blessing , but the infinite Love that dispenses the blessing !!
With love,
Father Csaba 
translated by dr k.e.
The Word of God
Now John's disciples and the Pharisees were fasting; and people came and said to him, "Why do John's disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?" Jesus said to them, "The wedding guests cannot fast while the bridegroom is with them, can they? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day. "No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old cloak; otherwise, the patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost, and so are the skins; but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins."
Mark 2:18-22
Read more: Friday 18 January 2019Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel ..Friday 18 January 2019 The feast of Saint Margit of the House of Árpád .
In our world it almost seems  like a “treasure “  if someone doesn’t know something or cannot do something !! It is so “sweet” in the eyes of many those who are clumsy , who are not interested neither in this nor in that !! The reality however is that it is not only in sport that we are looking for the best , the clever , the champion defeating everybody , but in every aspect of life !!  Choosy people willing to walk for miles looking for the best shoes, the best dresses , leave behind anything not up to their expectations on the shelves ! For  the nicest , in every respect the best food, drink they are willing to pay anything !! But this infinite fastidiousness also applies in creating their homes, their travels , organising holidays , one could say in every aspect of life !! It also seems that  God is also demanding , He turns away from the foolish bridesmaids , just as the man burying his talent or condemns  the barren fig tree pushes them away from Himself !! 
Wake up time !! We are approaching the end of the first half of the school year , time to write assignments !! It does matter whether you studied hard , whether your candle is burning, or whether there is oil in your lamp or not !!
Time to wake up !  !! It is not only the students who have to prepare hard for their exams , as our life-giving Creator , who calls us to Himself , who gives our talents , quite certainly wants to take  delight by the light of our lamps shining brightly in our increasing talents , in our valuable, beautiful fruits !!
God does not want to wipe out the eager greed within us , but He would like to refine it :"20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”Matthew 6, 20-21
Lets do everything in our power that our light may shine , give light, warmth to the people living around us ! Lets live in a way that the material, physical , mental, spiritual talents entrusted to us increase nicely ! Lets aim with all our strength , that our lives produce fruit in accordance to the will of Christ that we will stand laden with  beautiful , holy precious fruits for our brethren as well, when the time comes in the presence of our Creator !! In this struggle of ours may Saint Margit of the House of Árpád  be our example , whose light , life ,even after long centuries is shining , gathers us for prayer , gives warmth and for us the wanderers of life shows a clear direction.! 
With love,
Father Csaba 
translated by dr k.e.
The Word of God
Jesus said to his disciples, "Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a shout, 'Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.' Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' But the wise replied, 'No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.' And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, 'Lord, lord, open to us.' But he replied, 'Truly I tell you, I do not know you.' Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour."
Matthew 25:1-13
Read more: Thursday 17 January 2019Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel Thursday 17 January 2019
‘I do choose. Be made clean!’ Mark 1, 40
In my comings and goings I saw that the people of today carry lots and lots of burdens in their heart !! Fears, anger and many , many sins ! Over the years many smaller or greater , willingly or unwillingly committed , stumbling, sins and these “poisons “ are present in our lives , they pull us down, choking us, making our everyday a burden !! Unfortunately because we are not prepared to face them, or if we sweep them under the carpet  , despite all that they still happen , they are  there !! The man of our days by belittling , smearing them , forgot about repentance , reconciliation, starting anew the different methods of healing the body and the spirit !! Willingly or unwillingly we find ourselves in a world where we think naively like in the fairytales !! Unfortunately the fairies and dragons , the chemically pure good or bad people only exist there ! Here walking on this earth all of us erode , get dirty ! Only the great saints managed to get through life clean for a long time often through alleys leading to the core , but despite this they also cleansed their spirits in the waters of repentance, reconciliation !!
Jesus wants us to live our lives in our dignity as the children of God, clearly, happily , freely ! He forgives gladly His erring , sinning disciples , just like the father of the prodigal son his returning son forgiving lovingly , reconciling having a jubilee ! After Good Friday He does not reproach Peter and the rest of them for their little faith sins, but on the sores of the Sea of Galilei He bakes fish and reconciles , trustingly , reorganising the community He moves on "!4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? 5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.”Luke 15, 4-7
We have an Advocate, Mediator in heaven , lets not drag along  our sins, our trespasses , lets admit our smallness , our fallible weakness and with each other but also with our Creator God as well lets become reconciled , repentance, admitting sincerely our weaknesses , will free us , give us strength , will transform not only us , but our relationships with the world , our families ,our fellow human beings !
I lovingly share with you the teachings of the Catholic Church on the sacrament of reconciliation !! Lets dare humbly repent , it is quite certain that Jesus will also tell me what He said to the leper :"‘I do choose. Be made clean!’ Mark 1, 40
Looking to be cleansed in the waters of repentance,
Father Csaba 
translated by dr k.e. 
The Word of God
A leper came to him begging him, and kneeling he said to him, ‘If you choose, you can make me clean.’ Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, ‘I do choose. Be made clean!’ Immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. After sternly warning him he sent him away at once, saying to him, ‘See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.’ But he went out and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread the word, so that Jesus could no longer go into a town openly, but stayed out in the country; and people came to him from every quarter.
Mark 1:40-45
Read more: Wednesday 16 January 2019Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel  Wednesday 16 January 2019
Jesus "entered the house of Simon and Andrew,” Mark 1,29
How good it is seeing Jesus hanging around with friends !! He goes to friends, strangers alike ! He visited St Peter, St. Andrew , but also goes to the old Nicodemus or to Zacchaeus despised by all , but even visits the man chained to the tombs naked, possessed by evil spirit in Gerasene  as well !! 
How easily do  I  make friends ? Can I be called upon ? Do people’s problems, worry interest me ? Do I visit people ? Do I know my neighbours : Do I sit down for a coffee , cards , a game of rummy , a glass of beer , do I sit with my colleagues , acquaintances ? How many people did I visit last week , how many people did I shake hands with ? 
May Christ be my example who looks up His friends, fellow human beings and lets visit someone tomorrow with a good word , with great, great love !! Arriving home after visiting friends ,
Father Csaba 
translated by dr k.e. 
Photo : Visiting the children in Medgyes 
The Word of God
As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.
That evening, at sunset, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. And the whole city was gathered around the door. And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.
In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. And Simon and his companions hunted for him. When they found him, they said to him, ‘Everyone is searching for you.’ He answered, ‘Let us go on to the neighbouring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.’ And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.
Mark 1:29-39
Read more: Tuesday 15 January 2019Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel ….Tuesday 15 January 2019
" But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be silent, and come out of him!" And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. “Mark 1,21 
Often I am amazed how naively, without any fear are we going around in this world ! Talking with young people , even with ones growing up in our homes as well I dismayed , that they finish with school and destination the big wide world ! I ask them : where are you going ? Do you speak the language ? Is anybody waiting for you there ? If anything happens to you , who is going to hold your hand ? They look at me and I can see they are unaware how much evil is there in the big world ! Why don’t we tell , show the generation growing up that this world is the scene of a “battle field “ ! Saint Paul in his letter to the Philippians openly tells his friends that" work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,” It is our duty too to warn , protect our children , each other lovingly from all evil , because as the other great apostle is also saying "Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.…”St Peter 1st  letter 5,7
This Sunday we were at the prison with the children from Déva in Balassagyarmat, during the sacrifice of the mass the children sang taking turns with the inmates in the chapel behind the walls! Yes the children also have to know that in Hungary this Christmas the angel visited close to twenty thousand prisoners in prison, penitentiary in an infinitely dreary, dismal cell, only a few square meters in area closed by iron bars ! How many broken dreams , suffering , sadness is there in every square meter ! Unfortunately new prisons are built in Transylvania as well , but everywhere in the world ! And children’s homes, hospitals are being built for those attempting suicide ! Not long ago I was at the Police Academy to give a told and they told me they cannot keep up with the training of enough security forces , because the need is much greater than the new arrivals ! But unfortunately the courts are not sending away neither the public prosecutors , nor the lawyers , neither the judges on the dole .
Yesterday I visited such an institution , where such people are placed who are brave enough already to ask for help in their battles against alcohol, drugs ! Grown up , respected people who crying , praying over periods of weeks are trying to get back on their feet , because somewhere , sometime along the line they were not careful enough and got onto thin ice ! 
During the holy time of Christmas several mothers , in trouble rang me up , one because her husband beat her and their three nice children, another one who is afraid of her husband at night because he is threatening to kill her !
Should I continue ? We took in and 18 year old expectant mother who is due in two months, and the child’s father last month hung himself ! I was looking at this dear, young expectant mother , who with red eyes , dressed in black stood in front of me , I just embraced her I had no words ! 
My dear brethren, lets take seriously the dangers ahead , huddled together , holding onto each other’s hands lets look after ourselves and our beloved children , so that her in this world but also up in heaven we can rejoice in each other in peace and love !
Father Csaba
translated by dr k.e.
Photo : the incarcerated , for a period from 20-30 years, during the holy mass . 
The Word of God
When the sabbath came, Jesus entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God." But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be silent, and come out of him!" And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, "What is this? A new teaching - with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him." At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.
Mark 1:21-28
Read more: Saturday 12 January 2019Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel …. Saturday 12 January 2019
"He must increase….."Says Saint John the Baptist of Jesus Christ ! ! In truth it is not only the prophet’s task but that of all of us to proclaims the greatness of God , to praise our Creator ! To get people know the beauty, the wonders of the world created by God !!At the same time it is also our duty to bring to the surface of our fellow human beings to the surface their precious, beautiful features , those mental, spiritual , physical qualities that they maybe unaware of ! Our goal is , that seeing the beauty, perfectness of this world , experiencing the goodness , virtues of the Christians people will praise the greatness of our Creator God .
A boy was taken in , in our home there were lots of problems, difficulties with him. He had to repeat year 5 three times , of course not because he was stupid, but because he did not want to cooperate with his teachers !  His father passed away , he finished up in a home and he was rebelling against this , he was angry with the world , and he also showed this anger very harshly. they scolded him at school, he was given bad marks , they downgraded his behaviour and finally he was failed in several subjects ! To be honest I also, others as well spoke with him, but we could not get through to him , he did not want to communicate with anybody !The years passed we did not let go of the child’s hand and the way I see it he slowly understood that we are not satisfied with the world either , but the world won’t become a better place by that neither more liveable if we annoy , scold, mock one another! This boy grew up nicely , he studies well and he became the pride of our home , he sings, plays the guitar, acts in plays , I see him that he has understood that only love, goodness , honest work are capable of making our world as well as our fate better too ! Our world created by God can only be made better, more , richer  by love, goodness , enduring work!God and all that He represents has to grow, and then our world  will become more habitable , nicer and better ! 
Come lets join together and make our world created by God with patient work nicer, the people living  in it better truer and lets proclaim the greatness of our Creator God audibly, may all the beauty, value hiding unnoticed in all of us shine ! I believe that with this we are going to we are going to brighten the greatness of our Creator God on this earth. ! 
With love ,
Father Csaba 
translated by dr k.e.
Photo: The children of Déva proclaiming the greatness of God.
The Word of God
After this Jesus and his disciples went into the Judean countryside, and he spent some time there with them and baptized. John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim because water was abundant there; and people kept coming and were being baptized John, of course, had not yet been thrown into prison. Now a discussion about purification arose between John's disciples and a Jew. They came to John and said to him, "Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you testified, here he is baptizing, and all are going to him." John answered, "No one can receive anything except what has been given from heaven. You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, 'I am not the Messiah, but I have been sent ahead of him.' He who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom's voice. For this reason my joy has been fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease."
John 3:22-30
Read more: Friday 11 January 2019    Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel Friday 11 January 2019    
“..he would withdraw to deserted places and pray.” Luke 5, 16
With the help of God I  am also going to withdraw to Szentkút to present a three day retreat ! The sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of Szentkút is Hungary’s National Shrine , a place for retreats ! It is good to be there , because it is quite certain that in  such a blessed, sanctified  places heaven and earth are closer together ! Certainly, that Jesus was with the Heavenly Father , prayed but see our Master still spent time for quietening down , introspection  , for prayer in a secluded  place ! 
Lets set time aside consciously for fulfilling God’s first commandment !” Worship the Lord your God, and you shall serve Him only.’”According to the catechism “ Recognising God our first duty is our faith in Him , the worshipping, paying homage and glorifying , the recognition of the absoluteness   of His reign .” 
I am happy , because in the that in the following days I’ll only have one task to do that  in one of the most beautiful and sacred places of the Carpathian basin : worshiping God , praising  , glorifying , exaltation of Him !
Lets give ourself the gift of this blessed  time with the praising of God !! Lets give ourself time for body, mind but also our soul as well !
With the love of a lesser brother,
Father Csaba 
translated by dr k.e.
Once, when he was in one of the cities, there was a man covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground and begged him, "Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean." Then Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, "I do choose. Be made clean." Immediately the leprosy left him. And he ordered him to tell no one. "Go," he said, "and show yourself to the priest, and, as Moses commanded, make an offering for your cleansing, for a testimony to them." But now more than ever the word about Jesus spread abroad; many crowds would gather to hear him and to be cured of their diseases. But he would withdraw to deserted places and pray.
Luke 5:12-16
Read more: Thursday 10 January 2019Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel Thursday 10 January 2019
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord. "
Joyfully , spread the good news , all of us who have been baptised in the name of the Holy Trinity received  this vocation , the Church anointed me for this mission in the name of God but so did She anoint you ! Joyfully spreading the good news in the world this is our calling , this should be our everyday work wear , but also the purpose of our everyday work !!
Am I going the right way ? Lets ask the people living around us whether I really mean joyous news for them ! How do I grade myself as a joyous one carrying good news from one to ten ?
Today a lovely young couple visited me , with two beautiful children . What is common in the young people is that they both grew up here in Déva named after Our Blessed Lady of Hungary this was there home they left their nest from here ! It was good to meet up with them, it was good to take delight in their two beloved children ! Back in those days the difficulties of life brought us together , but for me they also meant happiness when as small children they came to us, and it was a joy to meet them today as well, because back the, as now as well they are God’s precious gifts ! I would also like to live in a such a way that for them also I can become our creator God’s gift , blessing till the last moments of my life !
Joyfully carrying joyous news so that we also become joyous news , it is this simple , God entrusted us with a wonderful work , praise to Him for this!!
With love ,
Father Csaba 
translated by dr k.e.
Photo : Three children and two grandchildren , this picture is right as  is ….
Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news of him spread throughout the whole region. He taught in their synagogues and was praised by all. He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up, and went according to his custom into the synagogue on the sabbath day. He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord. Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down, and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him. He said to them, "Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing." And all spoke highly of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth.
Luke 4, 14-22a
Read more: Wednesday 9 January 2019Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel Wednesday 9 January 2019
"When he saw that they were straining at the oars against an adverse wind, he came towards them early in the morning, walking on the sea. “Mk 6,45
We can see the struggling of our fellow human beings who are in trouble , but unfortunately we get bogged down at lamenting , listing the reasons for the development of the problems !! Lets be honest we often accuse as well : why did they have to go there ? Why did not they look after themselves ? Why did not the get ready for the “storm” ? Etc. 
Jesus seeing people in trouble gets going on the water. We should  learn  this from our Master : whether there is a way , or no way that leads us to to a man in trouble we have to go, help our brethren in trouble . I experienced that even if seemingly the way is unsurpassable, we could say we are a world apart from a drifting man, but the goodwill , the readiness to help are capable of bridging every precipice .
A short time ago I married a young couple . The girl I got to know at the time when she was 10 years old , living in a state orphanage . We took her in,  in the name of God she was lovingly raised by the carer Mónika , and now she came from far away to promise everlasting loyalty to her sweetheart . After the ceremony I was sitting in the dining room opposite my grownup  daughter, laughing at old stories and my heart was filled by an infinite calm, pride and joy . We set out many years ago on the sea of of officialdom of the child protection agencies , towards a drifting life without  parents and behold , we the little stumbling people could help realistically ! Our daughter grew up , stands on a rock solid foundation , calmly, happily smiling by the side of the love of her life . The husband, my son-in-law , squeezed my hand when we parted and all he said , that he thanks us for raising Giulia for him . And I thank Jesus for the good example ! It is good to be good , it is good to notice the person in trouble and set out apprehensive , on the continuously stormy sea , to help ! It is good with mercy and love to bend down to the one in trouble and with our own limited resources to do day after day what we can do..
With love,
Father Csaba
translated by dr k.e.
Photo : the cheerful little helpers of Saint Nicholas here in Déva.
The Word of God
Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. After saying farewell to them, he went up on the mountain to pray. When evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. When he saw that they were straining at the oars against an adverse wind, he came towards them early in the morning, walking on the sea. He intended to pass them by. But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and cried out; for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, "Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid." Then he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.
Mark 6:45-52