Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel…Monday 7 January 2019
"Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’” Matthew 4, 12
Visiting the jails, hearing the confessions of prisoners, talking to the parents of our children living in the orphanage , knowing the inhabitants of slums I have to say that these days the many-many worries, problems can be remedied not with money, financial support, donations but by the commandment of love , by teaching the basic Christian principals by the conversion of people . I live among the poor , I know what I am talking about and aware of my responsibilities that nowadays there is no more poverty in the Carpathian -basin ! Even at the risk of being severely criticised I am willing to state that nowadays it is not the destitution that is in our homeland , but laziness, impotence, drunkenness !Yes, misery only exists where there is no joining of forces , where people go off the way of love, divine commandments , where work is a “four letter word “ ! That is why today in the Carpathian basin it is not the grants that should be distributed among the young people , but proclaim audibly the same message that Jesus Christ proclaimed two thousand years ago : “Repent !” Not social projects have to be announced , but the Gospel has to be taught clearly , audibly !
Repent and paying attention to each other , live your lives in peace, love as good brethren ,
translated by dr k.e.
The Word of God
Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the lake, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
'Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali,
on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles-
the people who sat in darkness
have seen a great light,
and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death
light has dawned.'
From that time Jesus began to proclaim, 'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.'
Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people. So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought to him all the sick, those who were afflicted with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, and paralytics, and he cured them. And great crowds followed him from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and from beyond the Jordan.
Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel Sunday 6 January 2019 the Feast of Epiphany. 2nd Week -God-Holy Trinity-Love
People said, are saying many, many wise things about God, however on this beautiful feast let us not look at what us people think and say about our Creator but lets reflect upon what God saw fit to tell us about Himself !
The people of the Old Testament knew that God exists , He is our kind hearted Heavenly Father , revered Him with religious devotion, followed Him by keeping His commandments , but knew very little about our Creator’s inner life !! We celebrate on the feast of Epiphany that the great God comes among us and introduces Himself as the Holy Trinity !! Three persons in the one God !? The created world , the stars, the wise men of the Orient pay homage in front of Christ! The holy people of the Old Testament in the church in Jerusalem , the just and devout Simeon, the widow, prophetess Anna greet the Messiah ! Saint John the baptist in the river Jordan baptises Jesus, and the Heavenly Father Himself testifies about His Holy Son with the Holy Spirit : “ At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” Matthew 3, 16-17
For us , Christian believers of God the central truth, the doctrine, is the revelation of the Holy Trinity ! We have all been baptised in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit ! God saw it good to share this secret with us , that is why Christ died on the cross because He called Himself God, and His Jewish contemporaries did not want to accept , believe this ! But why is the most important truth of our faith that our only Creator God in reality is the Holy Trinity !? Lets reflect at some length about the relationship between the Divine persons! The 12 year old Jesus upon His Mother’s question who searched for Him for three days answers surprised that : “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” Later on as well Jesus retreating into quietness as the Holy Scripture states : "12 One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.” Luke 6, 12 With His last breath as well on the cross He calls His Heavenly Father :“Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”[a] Luke 23, 46 ! The heavenly Father speaks lovingly of His Holy Son whom He glorifies on Mount Sinai : “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” Matthew 17, 5 If we read the gospel attentively every step of the way we can see how the Holy Trinity, God , Jesus , the Holy Spirit are in unison with passionate love work together glorifying and carrying out the commandments of love.
Yes the Holy Trinity is a Community of love where we have been invited to ! The goal of our life is to rise up to worshipping God with a passionate love to Holy Trinity’s the wedding feast where we have been invited to !! Jesus in Himself by His glorified body forms a bridge between heaven and earth , not because we deserve it or we are worthy of it but because with His giving love He saw it good to bend down to us ! It is great to follow the God of the Old Testament , but it is immeasurably greater to get to know to get to love and worship the one God Holy Trinity !! The Image go God determines how we picture ourselves, our world as well .If God is not a lonely heavenly Lord , who directs us with a stretched out hand , strong arm , controlling "the little men" born of a handful of dust , but an infinitely tender loving Holy Trinity with outstretched arms , then we have to change to the image, likeness of our Creator , our communities have to become communities of love ! If God is a Community of Love , then the beautiful features of our Creator giving and receiving love have to shine on our faces too!! We will only become perfect if in this world already we try to live with our Creator , each other as well and all the creatures of our world in a community of love ! We believe that these efforts, attempts God will fulfil , with merciful love in His Kingdom !
Glorifying the Holy Trinity ,
translated by dr k.e.
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.
Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto,Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.
The Word of God
In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.’ When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, ‘In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:
“And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who is to shepherd my people Israel".
Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, ‘Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.’ When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure-chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.
Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel Saturday 5 January 2019 the feast of Saint Simeon the Stylite
"Follow me.” John 1,43 Jesus is building the world consciously , deliberately . He initiates , addresses, approaches Mary, Saint Joseph , Philip, calls the apostles , giving, providing them with tasks, missions , work. God also calls the greats of the Old and New Testament by name . Lets think of Abraham , Moses , the prophets , but we can also think of the saint celebrated today , Saint Simeon the Stylite as well.
Saint Simeon the Stylite lived around the beginning of the year 400 next to Antioch . He comes from a small village , spent his youth in the field grazing the sheep . One day in the church he heard the Lord’s voice and from this day onwards his life was changed for ever. They read the "Sermon on the Mount “ that day in which the Lord called blessed the “pure in heart “ . Simeon leaving everything behind becomes a monk .. Because of his too strict , ascetic life after ten years his fellow monks advise him to leave . Finally he lived for close on forty years on a twenty meter high pillar, column , on which there could not have been more than two square meters of room . He had an exacting daily program , during the night , in the morning he prayed , in the afternoon he listened to th people who gathered there. The pilgrims confessed their sins, asked for advice , consolation from him , many were just plain curious . People of all different ranks, background of that big world as it was then went to him ! The ascetic put up with illness , hunger , the heat of the day , rain, wind , storm , but even the crowd of those driven by curiosity, and the large crowd seeking help, without a word of complaint from day after day, year after year . His funeral resembled an emperor’s triumphant procession.
What could have driven this man , more than one thousand seven hundred years ago to this extraordinary, cruel lifestyle ? Nobody can persistently stand for a period of over forty years on the top of a column, one needs extraordinary self-discipline , thinking of himself the world’s greatest sinner ! He stands steadily and in the meantime he teaches, gives wise advice to the simple folk and the educated teachers , priests and laymen alike , very- very humbly . Back in those days as well there were curious people , investigative journalists who provoked , wanted to uncover Simeon’s secret.Simeon’s secret is the same , as every saints' who listen to God ! Saint Simeon the Stylite’s secret is the same as that of Abraham, Moses or Philip sitting under the fig tree , or God’s all saints . God called them and they followed their God ! Simeon’s life, the saints’ lives speak that beyond the desire of the body and blood , the calculating, weighing up sober human thinking ,there is such a force that is not only capable to address , guide us but one that makes the man sitting at the one table with Him infinitely happy as well . What could have driven this man , more than one thousand seven hundred years ago to this extraordinary, cruel lifestyle ? Nobody can persistently stand for a period of over forty years on the top of a column, one needs extraordinary self-discipline , thinking of himself the world’s greatest sinner ! He stands steadily and in the meantime he teaches, gives wise advices to the simple folk and the educated teachers , priests and laymen alike , very- very humbly . Back in those days as well there were curious people , investigative journalists who provoked , wanted to uncover Simeon’s secret.Simeon’s secret is the same , as every saints' who listen to God ! Saint Simeon the Stylite’s secret is the same as that of Abraham, Moses or Philip sitting under the fig tree , or God’s all saints . God called them and they followed their God ! Simeon’s life, the saints’ lives speak that beyond the desire of the body and blood , the calculating, weighing up sober human thinking ,there is such a force that is not only capable to address , guide us but one that makes the man sitting at the one table with Him infinitely happy as well .
God is not discriminating , He not only calls the rich, the educated , the famous, He not only wants the”good" people without sins ! Simeon was neither rich, nor educated , he started his dialogue with God in a deserted rural settlement , and this dialogue made him into a saint , and that patch of soil where he lived into a sanctuary ! After his death they built a church on the spot where he lived , that became a place of pilgrimage , whereto people even travel today to pray. Simeon was made a saint by his dialogue with God , God’s presence sanctified that place , this place of prayer became a sanctuary , a place of pilgrimage . You can also start the dialogue with our Creator God there where you are , where you live , as it is quite certain that the Lord is calling you as well , and He’ll tell you the same as He did to Philip or Smeon :”follow me ! “
Following Christ, stumbling ,
translated by dr k.e.
Photo: a kind godparent , who has been happily supporting a child for years because he feels that God is asking this from him !
The Word of God
The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, "Follow me." Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth." Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, "Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!" Nathanael asked him, "Where did you get to know me?" Jesus answered, "I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you." Nathanael replied, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!" Jesus answered, "Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these." And he said to him, "Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man."
Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel….Thursday 3 January 2019
"I do not know him either “ says Saint John the Baptist about Jesus Christ !! We don’t know God either , however God would like to reveal His identity , and show us ! I believe that our Creator sees it fit to this day to reveal His identity to the little ones that is us ! This is great news , that man born from a handful of dust will be able to get to know God ! It is natural that John also got to know from Christ’s deity only very little , but that was enough for him for everything to change in his life , since he accepted the wilderness, the life of a hermit , everything just for Jesus Christ !
The other great news for us is that the last prophet of the Old Testament sees it as one of his feasible duties to make the Lord “ known” by the people !! An example for us Saint John the Baptist , our duty is to get to know God, to get to love Him, and to take the glad tidings to our brethren ! How great it would be if humbly we could also say : " And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.’ John 1,34 God in His infinite greatness is compatible with people , one can get to know Him, and can be made known ! Jesus was not making us chasing rainbows , as we are capable to get to know our Creator , holding our brethren’s hand to sit at the one table with Him , and together with our loved ones lovingly enter eternity !
Rejoicing in front of a door that is open wide ,
translated by dr k.e.
Photo: The children from Nagyszalonta reading the word of God in a play about Saint Francis.
The Word of God
The next day he saw Jesus coming towards him and declared, ‘Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, “After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.” I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.’ And John testified, ‘I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, “He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.” And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.’
Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel…. Wednesday 2 January 2019
"Who are you?” ( John 1, 19 ) - are the people asking John the Baptist . During the first days of the new year lets ask ourselves this question : Who am I ? Because if we can give a satisfactory answer to this question , then we will also know that where, which way do we have to go!
Before we give our own answer , lets think about the reply of Saint John the Baptist ! He is being offered nice flattering titles , but the man living in the desert rejects them all . He is not a delegate of God , neither His prophet , he simply says about himself that he is the voice crying out in the wilderness If we pay attention : he determines himself regarding his relation with God : Not only does he not regard himself as the Messiah , but states that” he is not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.”
Thinking about John’s "ars poetica “ lets try to determine ourselves based on our relationship with God ! To get a clear picture of of ourselves our existence has to be looked at how we measure up to the Infinity !
Who am I ? Who is Böjte Csaba ? I would like to be a consoler, among my companions on the journey , walking slowly, holding up high the shining light of hope ! I would also like be a voice crying out into the world that resounds : the golden age, the land of miracles, the Kingdom of God is not behind us but ahead of us and we are not heading towards destruction, but if we persevere we are going to reach the boundaries of the kingdom of love ! Yes aware of my own weaknesses I would like to be a consoler , encourager , fortifier beside the bruised reed !
I would like to protect the light of the flickering candle with two hands so that no-one has to stumble in the darkness of the night !
In the quietness at the start of the year you should also try to make clear for yourself who do you really thinks you are , and who would you really like to be ?!
Compose it , write it down , who actually are you on 2 January 2019.
translated by dr k.e.
The Word of God
This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who are you?" He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, "I am not the Messiah." And they asked him, "What then? Are you Elijah?" He said, "I am not." "Are you the prophet?" He answered, "No." Then they said to him, "Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?" He said, "I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, 'Make straight the way of the Lord,'" as the prophet Isaiah said. Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. They asked him, "Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?" John answered them, "I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know, the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal." This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.
Father Csaba reflection on the gospel Friday 28 December 2018 The Feast of the Holy Innocents , Martyrs.
This day I think of the priests in Herod’s court !! These people know that the Messiah was born in Bethlehem ! Upon their information do the wise men of the Orient find the infant Jesus !! They do not set out , so as to help the Holy Family , they do not warn Joseph of the impending danger , but they don’t even try to dissuade their master of his bloody plan. These people are indifferent ! It is possible that they are honest , that they work a lot ! They say the Child is not our business and carry out their work passively !
You also if you pass by passively either by by a conceived child, or one already born , who is in trouble , who even silently asks for your help, you also walk on the way of Herod’s priests from his court ! They did not harm the infants but let others do it ….The Holy Gospel does not state that God would’ve condemned them , but it is certain that in Köln they built a large cathedral honouring the wise men , but the memory of Herod’s court priest is lost for ever in the obscurity of the past !! They had a huge opportunity , they could have gone out of their own will , or with the wise men to the cave in Bethlehem , with gifts, good words to look for the Child , but they did not do it !! They maybe that they are in the Kingdom of Heaven, but it is certain that the ball was in their court and they did not live with the opportunity , they left out the sweet embrace of the smiling infant , a miracle was left out of their lives that could have lit up their entire lives !
The clothing, the house , but even a degree won’t embrace you !! Often we do not have to decide between sin or guiltlessness ! It is not enough to avoid sin , but deliberately, consciously we should dare to put out our hand towards life , towards the child ! Lets dare to accept life , to accept the gift of a child and if we cannot do this anymore , lets protect , defend the conceived life there wherewe live ! Let’s do everything that there may not be abortions in our surrounding, that they may not be anymore deserted children, may there not be a single infant with teary eyes getting into bed hungry!!
Save us our Lord from the indifference Herod’s court priests!
translated by dr k.e.
Photo : My dear colleague Marika , accepted into her heart Boróka as a small child ! The years have passed and today this grown up girl can get ready healthily, confidently for her matriculation because at that time made her decision by choosing by life .
The Holy Gospel
Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him." Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfil what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, "Out of Egypt I have called my son." When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had learned from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah: "A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more."
Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel Thursday 27 December 2018 The feast of Saint John Apostle and Evangelist
The world of the animals is honest, hard , implacable ! It is only in our minds that the birds , nature are sweet, cute, but in reality they have to stand up hard for their rights , they fight for every single bite, just to stay alive!! There on the shore of the lake all day long, continuously , every moment is a fight for survival: you capture or you’ll fall prey to others !
I would take all students to Máté Bence’s hide ! Are the animals are unaware , that somebody is observing them , they live their everyday lives ! They fish and not only from the lake , but even remove from each other’s beak , the fish struggling for its existence , not out of mercy, but just to consume them !
The apostle Saint John is invited by Jesus to His place the very first day of His public activity ! And he, on the day of their meeting walks over 50 kms with Saint Andrew, so that he can get to know Jesus better ! He put aside everything with incredible resolution, follows His Master throughout his entire life , he is determined ! He writes a wonderful gospel , several great letters , but also the Book of Revelations id attributed to him , that right uptown these days the experts are studying ! He takes Jesus’ mother Mary into his home, he is always there in everything, life is blazing in him and around him , like the eagle he is cleaving the sky !! Even in today’s gospel passage we read that John runs, leaving everybody behind , he searches, enquires , he is determined , he is the first of the apostles at Jesus’ empty tomb!! A wonderful man !!
At the end of 2018 lets think about our achievements of the past year , lets take count the fruit that I yielded! As a student lets take a count of my marks , the results I achieved , as an adult lets look into myself , can I stand by my family , my children can I support them by my honest work.?
I should give thanks for my achievements , but should give myself a dressing down for my shortcomings , because it is better if we accuse ourselves than if the evil spirit would accuse me laughingly at the last judgement ! God does not condemn anybody , we should not condemn either ! There is no anger in me rather I feel sorry for the student, who had the door of knowledge wide open in front of him free of charge, he could go, he could progress , he could run , but he rather sits down , and speaks disparagingly of studying, his teachers, his companions , the whole world , condemns everybody and waits that somehow they may let him pass from one year to another out of pity !! It hurts to see an adult , who could move mountains in the name of his Creator God, , but he is just going round in circles , timidly or sluggishly, lazily draws back and at the most writing submissions , stretches his hands out for alms ! How sad it would be if the Christ’s words saved by the apostle Saint John would also refer to us 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. Book of Revelations 3, 15-16
I encourage you lovingly lets learn from the grey heron and we also would bravely stand up for our loved ones and secure for them with honest work the everyday living !
translated by dr k.e.
The Word of God
So Mary Magdalene ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him." Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus' head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed.
Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel ….." But he who endures to the end shall be saved.” Matthew 24,13
Wednesday 26 December 2018 Saint Stephen the First Martyr.
The Church does not want to mislead us , does not want us to become indifferent, lazy in the warm and fuzzy festive mood !! Well, well the lights have not even burnt out on the Christmas tree , and already the candle lit as a memorial for the martyr Saint Stephen on the altar ! Yesterday the priest celebrated mass in white and gold vestment , reflecting on Christ's birth, in peace , giving one another presents, today he goes in blood-red vestment to the altar and speaks that the evil one is not asleep , but as it is written in the Holy Gospel : “ Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5,8
This world is not the Kingdom of Heaven , the goal is far away , we are God’s roaming people , and carefully, persevering we are on a pilgrimage on that narrow and steep road , that Christ showed us !! We have to struggle for our existence , we can also gain our eternal life walking on the way of love , accepting and carrying burdens !! For a Christian the earthly existence , is not a peaceful idleness , but a hard endeavour , the time of the conscious building of the Kingdom of God .It would be worthwhile to carve in stone the words of the great bishop Márton Áron and hang it on the walls of our homes !
“ ….Chritianity is the eternal dissatisfaction with what is and the way it is . Worry , to make the world better, a heroic effort , that with an all-embracing effort from this world to seize , comprehend heaven, with the strength of an expanded spirit to pull the materialistic world closer to heaven….” (Márton Áron)
translated by dr k.e.
Photo : The pine-tree , lives, grows in frozen ground , snow , with its presence praising its Creator .
The Word of God
Beware of them, for they will hand you over to councils and flog you in their synagogues; and you will be dragged before governors and kings because of me, as a testimony to them and the Gentiles. When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you at that time; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; and you will be hated by all because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel Monday 24 December 2018 Christmas Eve
"Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favourably on his people and redeemed them. “ Luke 1,67
Getting ready for the night of Christmas letting go of God ’s gifts , lets turn our faces towards the Giver !! We asked for strength , healing , happiness for our loved ones , lets ask now for the joy of meeting with the One , who gives us healing, the Healer , the source of Joy, Jesus Christ ! No matter how beautiful, wonderful the creatures are , our heart is yearning for the Creator with unquenchable desire !!
On the night of Christmas heaven and earth touched, God and man sat at the one table , this meeting is the salvation , because we are all yearning for this meeting ! The Infinity is within our reach also ! Our hopeful supplications , prayers do not arise from a foolish desire , an unfounded utopia , but from the everlasting beautiful promise of our Lord :"Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” Book of Revelation 3,20
Praying fervently lets ask ,that this Christmas the gift , maybe the One , the Giver of the gifts !
translated by dr k.e.
Photo : My beloved grown up girl , Erika under the Christmas tree !
Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke this prophecy: "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favourably on his people and redeemed them. He has raised up a mighty saviour for us in the house of his servant David, as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us. Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors, and has remembered his holy covenant, the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham, to grant us that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all our days . And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people by the forgiveness of their sins. By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace."
Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel 23 December 2018 -Fourth Sunday of Advent
"For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.” Luke 1,45
The man knowingly accepting God’s presence and carrying that with humility , just like Mary, carries light, joy to his fellow human beings , every where he goes! Wherever he steps in there blessing, pure joy will spring in the hearts, the homes ! The most beautiful gift of Christmas is, if we are also filled by God’s life-giving ,precious presence ! Following the example of Mary on our journey , we ourselves will take joy by singing with happy jubilation the Magnificat, blazing light to the houses of our brethren !! Lets ask from our Redeemer for ourselves and each other as a Christmas present , Jesus’ life-giving embrace, so that blessed , our lives will become a blessing for our loved ones , the ones living around us !!Many gifts are tempting , but lets not be satisfied with anything less than God, lets not put our hands out for the gifts , but humbly , but resolutely towards the Giver !
Father Csaba .
translated by dr k.e.
In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her by the Lord."
Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel Saturday 22 December 2018
"my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour” Luke 1, 46
How frequent visitor is cheerfulness, joy, rejoicing in my life ? Does it enter at times like this , Christmas, into my heart ?
Christ’s birth , the Gospel , the Good News should also prompt us to joyful rejoicing just like Elizabeth ! Lets think about it , the closed shell of this earthly existence , with all its problems, difficulties , with all its transience not a hope , however the arrival of our Redeemer breaks through and opens a window, a huge door to infinity !! This is a greater news than if the scientists would have announced that they found a solution to the questions of intergalactic travel !!
Yes , certainly it is great travelling in space , visiting habitable planets , but this is only a rummaging , movement in this world’s dimensions . Christ opened the way towards the supernatural world by His birth, His Ascension into heaven in His physical body !! This is such a fulfilled hope, that surpasses even our most beautiful dreams , that fills our lives with happiness, light, rejoicing , if we think about it with open eyes , humbly !!
You are immortal , the companion of our Creator God already here in this world , you can build with goodness, mercy the kingdom of love not only for your God, but for yourself as well !! What a wonderful reward is this that is joy in itself , good to do it day after day ? How could not this revelation fill our hearts with joy ?We have nothing else to do than to live in love , harmony in this world , and together with Christ rejoicing be born-again with love into eternity !
Our God opened this wonderful way before us , by coming among us , that with His being and redeeming death to open wide the door of the Kingdom of Heaven ! We do not have to worry about this a lot , come lets start to love, lets get going , on the way shown to us by Christ who came amongst us . We are insignificant, small , weak and fallible , but lets rejoice in our joy , because God has looked upon us with favour !!
translated by dr k.e.
And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever." And Mary remained with Elizabeth about three months and then returned to her home.