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Our Big Temptation - Matthew 4: 1-11
José Antonio Pagola
Translated By Rev. Fr. Valentine de Souza
The scene of “the temptations of Jesus” is not a story we have to interpret lightly. The temptations described for us are not properly speaking of the moral order. The story warns us that we can ruin our lives if we stray from the path Jesus follows.
The first temptation is of decisive importance, for it can radically pervert and corrupt our lives. Apparently Jesus is offered something quiet harmless and good: put God at the service of his hunger. “If you are the Son of God, order these stones to become bread.”
However, Jesus reacts swiftly to our surprise: “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” He will not treat his own bread as an absolute necessity. He will not put God at the service of his own interests, forgetting the project of the Father. He will always seek first the Kingdom of God and its justice. At all times he will listen to His Word.
Our needs are not satisfied by only assuring our bread. The human being needs and longs for much more. Even to the extent of rescuing from hunger and misery those who have no bread, we have to listen to God, our Father, and awaken in our consciences the hunger for justice, compassion and solidarity.
Our great temptation today is to change everything into bread. To increasingly reduce the horizon of our lives to the mere satisfaction of our desires; to make the obsession for an ever greater well-being and indiscriminate and limitless consumerism the almost only ideal of our lives.
We deceive ourselves if we think that this is the way to progress and liberation. Aren’t we seeing that a society that drags people to limitless consumerism and to self satisfaction, only leads to emptiness and meaninglessness in people and egoism, lack of solidarity and responsibility in society?
|Rev. Fr. Valentine|
Why do we feel bad when we see the number of people daily commit suicide increase tragically? Why do we continue to enclose ourselves in our false well being, raising increasingly inhuman barriers so that the hungry do not enter our countries, do not reach our homes or knock at our doors.
The call of Jesus can help us to become more aware that man does not survive only on well being. The human being needs to foster the spirit, to know love and friendship, to develop solidarity with those who suffer, to listen with responsibility to their consciences, to open themselves to the ultimate mystery of life with hope.
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Thursday, March 6, 2014
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
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Tuesday, March 4, 2014
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A week before beginning his own Lenten spiritual exercises, Pope Francis greeted members of the Italian Federation of Spiritual Exercises (FIES), which is marking its 50th anniversary. Pope Francis said such an important anniversary was an opportunity for them to take stock and reflect on their history and recall their roots as they read the new signs of the times. "The men and women of today need to meet God, to know Him 'not from hearsay'", Pope Francis said. "Your service is completely oriented towards this, and you accomplish this by providing spaces and times of listening intensely to the Word in silence and prayer." He commended the doctrinal and spiritual competence and quality of the personnel ...
Sunday, March 2, 2014
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Nadiad Deanery organised International Women’s day at Salun on 02-03-2014 Sunday. Nadiad deanery has six parishes. Around 400 women from the six parishes gathered at Salun accompanied by sisters of their respective parishes. We began the procession from the bus stand to the Divine Mercy Church compound. We were led by the young girls with decorated pots on their heads. There were 3 well-known persons Smt. Induben Rao, Sr. Lalita who are very much associated with women’s organizations who spoke about the role of woman in a family. They focused on the following points:
- The importance of education and self confidence that builds the person.
- The role of a Mother to bring up her children by molding them with the self respect that each woman should have of oneself.
Women themselves acted out the day today life situation in the family. Qudos to those women who courageously could come forward with a solid message and make it more colorful and vibrant, they presented beautiful dances that made everyone gaethered women happy.
At the end of the program Rev. Fr. Francis Xavier read a passage from the Gospel on the role of Mary our Mother and encouraged the women to be like her.
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|Women's Day - Meghraj - 2014|
Vedruna Carmelite Sister's Of Charity celebrated International Women's Day at St. Xavier's School - Meghraj. Women from the interior villages of Megharaj (Aravalli district) flocked to participate yesterday. Cultural dances and environmental awareness programs were organised and performed by the women.
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Saturday, March 1, 2014
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25 February 2014
It was indeed a fantastic sight to see groups of women come singing, dancing and laughing into the campus of Don Bosco, Kapadvanj. Along the way, as many of them came walking from the main road to the house; they were stopped by people who asked what was going on. They were coming to celebrate their special day. Yes they were celebrating Women’s Day. They wanted to show that cooperation among women is the source of their strength, which was the theme chosen for this year’s Women’s Day. The celebration of Women’s Day was brought forward to 25 February 2014 since we were not sure when the code of conduct would be enforced because of the upcoming elections.
The Chief Guest, Ms Ritaben Patel, TDO Kapadvanj and the Guest of Honour, Ms Sejalben Brahmbhatt, Corporator, Kapadvanj Municipality arrived on time so we began the programme as per schedule even though all the women had not yet arrived. In fact women from the different villages carried on trickling in long after the commencement of the programme. Seven hundred and fifty women registered themselves at the registration desk but some women arrived after registration ceased.
The high points of the programme were the distribution of cash credit certificates to nine self help groups to the tune of 5 lakhs. The Annual Report was also released with great fanfare. One of the women also presented an appeal to the TDO for a gutter line in their village. Ms Patel was both surprised and delighted that for the first time a woman handed over an application to her. She promised speedy action
After the usual introduction, garlanding, lighting of the lamp and so on, the women themselves took control and put up a meaningful programme. They put up plays challenging the present culture of child marriage and foeticide especially of the girl child. One group put up a play in which the roles of husband and wife were reversed. The woman was the breadwinner and the husband the home-maker. This is something that would have been unthinkable a few years back. Still another group forcefully insisted on young people being tested for AIDS before agreeing to marriage.
The women themselves bore the cost of the sumptuous meal that was served to all. Over and above the monetary contribution from each group, two groups donated the rice and the potatoes too.
All the women went home full of joy and appreciation for the work of Don Bosco Kapadvanj.
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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TUNE YOUR MIND to TUNE YOUR RADIO!
Dear Friends of BBN,
Trinayani, a Mumbai based centre, was established in 2006 with a dream to see India’s persons with disabilities enjoy all the freedoms as other citizens do as also to beat stereotypes, myths and discrimination. To promote advocacy, the Trust has been partnering with many corporate regarding educative and awareness sessions. It also runs a massage centre independently managed by blind persons in Mumbai.
Now, Ms. Ritika Sahni, Founder Trustee of Trinayani, is happy to inform us all about their launch of “MUD MUD KE NA DEKH”: Season 3. India’s only radio show on issues pertaining to all disabilities on 17 All India Radio Stations, every Wednesday premiering on 26th February 2014. This is considered as a SPECIAL CAMPAIGN for DISABILITY AWARENESS in India.
Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (HPCL), as a part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), has agreed to support this 8-Part Radio Program of Trinayani.
To know more about Trinayani you may connect on : www.trinayani.org or http://www.facebook.com/trinayani2006
Our sincere appreciation to Trinayani and HPCL for their noble initiatives and activities! May God continue to bless such dedicated organizations.
Kindly note : This radio program will feature various aspects and issues related to disability in India involving the following aspects: Education, Gender, Sports, Livelihood, Access, Technology, Performing Arts and the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill 2014, recently introduced in The Rajya Sabha.
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Monday, February 24, 2014
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In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the top body of bishops requested him to invite the pontiff at an appropriate time, suitable to all concerned.
CBCI deputy secretary general Fr. Joseph Chinnayan and Oscar Fernandes,union minister for surface transport and highways met the prime minister at his office today and handed over the formal request to him.
The four Cardinals from India, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, Cardinal George Alencherry and Cardinal Telesphore Toppo, met Pope Francis on different occasions in Vatican and invited him to visit India.
The Pope showed interest in visiting India but the formal invitation has to come through the Indian government with pope being the Head of the State of Vatican, a press statement issued by the CBCI stated.
The recently-concluded CBCI Plenary Assembly at Palai, Kerala, discussed the prospectus of Pope’s visit to India and decided to approach the government to invite the pope.
The prime minister told the delegation that his Government will do whatever needed to invite the pope to visit India.
Singh also said that Pope Francis is an outstanding personality of our times and India will be honored by the visit of such a great person.
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Thirty five Children beautifully dressed in white marched towards the entrance of the Mandap to be greeted by the Gujarat Catholic Samaj, Anand Members with a Rose to each one and in line they marched to the mandap with Fr. Nagin and Fr. Maxim assisting them. After a brief introduction and Thanksgiving for the benefactors, photo session, Fr. Nagin led the whole gathering into a prayerful mood for the blessing of the food. There were about 1000 people according to the numbers given by different parents of the communicants. Although all communicants did not join this venture of Samuhik celebration, it is a nice thought from the point view of Catholic Samaj to keep celebration in Common so that unnecessary expenditure can be curtailed and not so well to do families and especially the communicants feel satisfied that they had a meaningful celebration.
It was indeed a celebration in spiritual atmosphere and KUDOS to Catholic Samaj Anand, which took the initiative to start this venture. I hope, more and more such Common celebrations continue and spiritual atmosphere Kept alive!!!
- Fr.Maxim Crasta
Saturday, February 22, 2014
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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time A
Themes and Contexts
Jose Enrique Galarreta S.J.
Translated by Rev. Fr. Valentine de souza SJ
A very important part of the Pentateuch (the Law) consists of the laws of Israel of all kinds: hygienic,civil,
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criminal, those pertaining to worship,... all of them assembled under the same rating of gravity: all are important because they are all God's command, and therefore are part of the Alliance that the people must fulfill so that God will maintain his protection. Leviticus is dedicated almost entirely to laws, and parts of it may be very old. The fragment we read today is part of the “Holiness Code” because it lays the basis for the obligatory fulfillment of the Laws in “because I am holy”, a motivation that applies to every precept, from “you must love your neighbor”, to you must not tie together an ox with an ass. Anyway the distinction made between the “neighbours”, relatives, the Israelites is remarkable. The laws are not applicable to foreigners... Probably it was finally drawn up after the exile.
The Letter to the Corinthians
Several teachings hardly related are developed. The first sentence contains the same doctrine outlined in Leviticus: the sanctity of the human being based on his relationship with God. Jesus will go (had gone) further: the Temple of stones is not the holy place: children are the holy place, the heart of the human being. The second connects with the teachings we have read on previous Sundays: the wisdom of Jesus has nothing to do with the wisdom of the world, nor has anyone a right to boast about it, for it is a gift of the Spirit. The last paragraph shows the mentality of Paul: everything, including the Apostles or prophets, are God's gifts to the community, recipients of grace. Although it is not its direct meaning, we appreciate, here as in the whole NT, that it is the community that has the leading role in everything, and all the responsibilities (which they are not) are intended only for her, as a charism of service.
The Gospel of Matthew
The Old and the New Law
Above all, there is a clear presentation of parallel texts of the Old and New Testaments. The theme of the progression from retaliation to the love of neighbor is a beautiful example of progressive revelation. "An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth" is the ancient formula of the Justice of Israel to prohibit excess in retaliation and revenge itself. We find three formulations: in Exodus 21, Leviticus 24 and Deuteronomy 19. Equally significant is the differentiation in the treatment of "neighbors"--relatives and friends--and "enemies". Your "neighbor", you must love, as you love yourself. Not your enemy. (The formulation "you must hate" - is not found anywhere in Scripture; it is simply a formula of opposition to " you must love").
In all of them we find the same message, and practically the same context and the same formulation: regulation of revenge through the courts and punishment equivalent to the crime.
Once again, we find the position of Jesus as a culmination which far outstrips the old law. And, once more, it is not a matter of precepts that evaluate behavior. It's an inner posture towards others, which we could better formulate thus: “There are no enemies.”
This approach is expressed very well in the whole of the NT., and we could think of two "highlights".
The Parable of the good Samaritan.
The question is "who is my neighbor?", i.e., how far does my obligation extend?. And the answer is: You are a brother to everyone.
"Forgive them, for they know not what they do". The "First Word" of Christ on being crucified. Jesus does not feel offended by those who nailed him to the cross. He continues to desire and pray for their salvation.
In summary, and elaborating once again the same theme: the Old Law is law: a set of precepts given by the Lord for the salvation of man. And it is perfectly valid for ever, although in its formulation Israel sometimes shows itself very primitive and flawed.
. The law guarantees a social order to an extent. But it cannot heal moral illnesses of human beings. The law assumes and admits that there are good and bad people, and contains the bad guys so that they do not damage the good. But it does not heal the wickedness of the heart.
What Jesus offers is not law, it is Good News. It is a way of behaving, a spirit. We already spoke of it last Sunday. The Sermon on the mount is not a law, it is Gospel, the way of Jesus, the way of being, of living, of understanding life, relating with God and with men... Because it is concerned about the health of all, it tries to heal the evil in every heart. It is the fundamental difference between what Jesus offers and what went before him, based on the change of the idea they had of God: the Lord, a powerful legislator and judge is concerned about order and the suppression of evil. Abba is worried about each of his children, even more about those who have gone most astray.
I AM THE LORD, YE SHALL BE SONS OF YOUR FATHER.
The precepts of the old law were based on "I am the Lord". ". The novelty of Jesus is: "You are a son, do not settle for less.” With Jesus, things are clear. The synoptics frequently smack of the remains of the old mentality of reward and punishment. Even in this fragment of Matthew there appear the words "what reward will you have...?", and in many others there appears the saying "your reward will be great in heaven...".
But these primitive statements, which still last (surely they will last if we continue to use them even today, twenty centuries later...) are forced and meaningless faced with the fundamental motivation of Children.
Thus you shall be sons of your Father. Be perfect, as your Father is perfect. This is the ultimate motive. This is the basis for understanding the whole of the Sermon on the Mount, and without it nothing can be understood. The first message, the Great News is to tell man who he is ("you are a son of God"), tell him who his father is ("the Almighty is your Abba"), and tell him what the Father wants ("A Saviour God, you are the salt").
From here on , it must be understood that the scale of values of the Sons, those of the Kingdom, is no longer the same. Not even Justice is enough.
Think whether a mother has an obligation to spend the night by the side of her son who is sick? What reward does she ask for? If we ask her why she does it, will she not answer with only one reason: “He’s my son.”
Children behave in this way, as Jesus says in the sermon on the mount:
Not because it’s their duty
Not because they hope for any reward nor because they fear any punishment
But because they are sons and they know it.
“Be perfect” too, is not a commandment, a moral law, a code of perfection. We are dealing with the culmination of the Good News, like saying:
Since you are a Son of God
And you know your Father
You can settle for nothing less than God.
Special Thanks to Rev. Fr. Valentine de souza SJ
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