Weekly Reflections

Weekly Reflection for Sunday, August 13, 2017 click here

Jesus Comes … In silence – A proper understanding of the gospel story of Jesus walking on the sea has a lot to teach us of who Jesus is. Jesus comes to us in our trials and tribulations. He comes very calmly and quietly. He comes to us in silence. If we practice silence long enough, we may, like Elijah, sense God in the most surprising moments of our lives. Let me conclude with this story. Four monks decided to meditate silently without speaking for two weeks. By nightfall on the first day, the candle began to flicker and then went out. The first monk said, “Oh, no! The candle is out.” The second monk said, “Aren’t we not supposed to talk?” The third monk said, “Why must you break the silence?” The fourth monk laughed and said, “I’m the only one who didn’t speak.” –Mother Teresa says, “We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see how the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence…we need silence to be able to touch souls.” (John Pichappilly in ‘The Table of the Word’)

 

Weekly Reflection for Sunday, August 20, 2017 click here

 

The look of acceptance – When I see a beggar in the street or in the Metro, I tend to put my hand into my pocket and give him the first coin –big or small –that I find there. As I give it to him, I look into his eyes and say a few words to him. As our eyes meet, there seems to be a moment of communion and mutual understanding between us that brings me peace. This simple look can give him back a little confidence in himself. Maybe it can give me confidence in myself too. “Every man who loses confidence in himself, who has fallen into the world of alcohol or drugs, who has failed in family life or relationships or work, needs someone who looks at him as a human being with tenderness and trust. And it is this moment of communion that enables him, little by little, to rebuild his confidence”. (Jean Vanier, Founder of L’Arche Community