Tuesday of 4th week of Easter, year B mardi du 4 eme semaine de Paques

“The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life; they will never be lost and no one will ever steal them from my hand.”
Sunday 26 April 2015 — Latest update Monday 15 February 2016

Ac. 11,19-26 Ps.86 Jn. 10, 22-30

Tuesday of 4th Week of Easter 19th April 2016

“The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life; they will never be lost and no one will steal them form my hand.”

Ac.11,19-26 Ps.86 Jn.10,22-30

“It was the time of the feast of the Dedication in Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking up and down in the Portico of Salomon. The Jews gathered round him and said ’How much longer are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us openly.”

Faith alone gives us the capacity of recognising Jesus as Saviour. But in order to understand this ’revelation’, knowledge of the Father is necessary.

When Peter said to Jesus: ’You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God’ Jesus told him that he had needed the grace of God to declare this. This is a message of such great hope, given to us when times are difficult and when each one of us has their load of personal, family, ecclesiastical ordeals to cope with. What gives us the strength to live as Jesus’ disciples is the certitude that Jesus overcomes all that oppresses us.

There is a connivance between the sheep and their Shepherd, the Shepherd’s voice says : ’I am here, and I am here with you, for you, and I know you, I shall give you eternal Life, never shall you perish.’

In the rumbling worldly storm around Jesus, what are at stake are Christ’s sheep. Face with the incredulity of those around him, Jesus speaks of his works.His most beautiful work will be His Passion, the work of his Love in view of re establishing everything in life.

“Jesus replied ’I have told you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name are my witness; but you do not believe, because you are no sheep of mine. The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice ; I know them and they follow me; they will never be lost and no one will ever steal them from my hand.”

Those who are commended to him are not going to be snatched from the Father’s hand. The tiny little Jesus’ hand or the Crucified One’s hand holds the sheep that the Father has commended to Him! No one will ever be able to snatch them away form His hand.

’It is my Father who has given them to me and He is greater than all’ says Jesus.

In the great combat, in disbelief, Jesus speaks of snatching away. Now, we shall not perish, we shall be defended, our Shepherd is a hand that holds on to us and protects us. Jesus keeps us and holds us to Him like the present the Father has given for Him.

In becoming man, Jesus resembled all of humanity because of His Incarnation. Jesus delivers himself in a great combat for our life, in Jerusalem, before he was arrested.

Our true Wisdom consists in us trusting God. The Mystery of Mary, that of our new humanity, enlightens the mystery of attachment to God, of the love that God carries us-humanity that makes the choice of God will not be snatched out of the Father’s hand.

“The Father, for what He has given me, is greater than anyone, and no one can steal anything from the Father’s hand. The Father and I are One.”

Jesus knows his sheep and his sheep hear his voice. We need this assurance when times are hard for us. No one who has placed his trust in the Heart of the Father will ever perish. Mary gives Jesus to us, the Saviour of humanity that is in peril! We need to fear nothing, even if around us the storm is blowing violently. We are bearers of the message of Jesus, the most marvellous message that has ever existed nor will ever exist, and we will bear witness to it , going right to the end of our devotion and solidarity. Even when we reach the end of our solitude, Jesus is there, everything is offered up to Him. All we have to do is to walk, to follow Him in the big ordeal.

It is Jesus who by His Passion went right to the end of Love. The Tenderness of God will have the final word, it is the Infinite Trust in the Risen Lord Jesus, the total surrender to the Will of God. The Love of Jesus, the Holy Spirit who is given to us, is such a great Love, such a beautiful and complete One. The mystery of the Eucharist pours out torrents of a Love that is eternally renewed on humanity. This is the way God loves us.

We ask for the grace of a great faith so as to hold out in the great distress of this world.

Tuesday of 4th Week of Easter 19th April 2016

“The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life; they will never be lost and no one will steal them form my hand.”

Ac.11,19-26 Ps.86 Jn.10,22-30

“It was the time of the feast of the Dedication in Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking up and down in the Portico of Salomon. The Jews gathered round him and said ’How much longer are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us openly.”

Faith alone gives us the capacity of recognising Jesus as Saviour. But in order to understand this ’revelation’, knowledge of the Father is necessary.

When Peter said to Jesus: ’You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God’ Jesus told him that he had needed the grace of God to declare this. This is a message of such great hope, given to us when times are difficult and when each one of us has their load of personal, family, ecclesiastical ordeals to cope with. What gives us the strength to live as Jesus’ disciples is the certitude that Jesus overcomes all that oppresses us.

There is a connivance between the sheep and their Shepherd, the Shepherd’s voice says : ’I am here, and I am here with you, for you, and I know you, I shall give you eternal Life, never shall you perish.’

In the rumbling worldly storm around Jesus, what are at stake are Christ’s sheep. Face with the incredulity of those around him, Jesus speaks of his works.His most beautiful work will be His Passion, the work of his Love in view of re establishing everything in life.

“Jesus replied ’I have told you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name are my witness; but you do not believe, because you are no sheep of mine. The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice ; I know them and they follow me; they will never be lost and no one will ever steal them from my hand.”

Those who are commended to him are not going to be snatched from the Father’s hand. The tiny little Jesus’ hand or the Crucified One’s hand holds the sheep that the Father has commended to Him! No one will ever be able to snatch them away form His hand.

’It is my Father who has given them to me and He is greater than all’ says Jesus.

In the great combat, in disbelief, Jesus speaks of snatching away. Now, we shall not perish, we shall be defended, our Shepherd is a hand that holds on to us and protects us. Jesus keeps us and holds us to Him like the present the Father has given for Him.

In becoming man, Jesus resembled all of humanity because of His Incarnation. Jesus delivers himself in a great combat for our life, in Jerusalem, before he was arrested.

Our true Wisdom consists in us trusting God. The Mystery of Mary, that of our new humanity, enlightens the mystery of attachment to God, of the love that God carries us-humanity that makes the choice of God will not be snatched out of the Father’s hand.

“The Father, for what He has given me, is greater than anyone, and no one can steal anything from the Father’s hand. The Father and I are One.”

Jesus knows his sheep and his sheep hear his voice. We need this assurance when times are hard for us. No one who has placed his trust in the Heart of the Father will ever perish. Mary gives Jesus to us, the Saviour of humanity that is in peril! We need to fear nothing, even if around us the storm is blowing violently. We are bearers of the message of Jesus, the most marvellous message that has ever existed nor will ever exist, and we will bear witness to it , going right to the end of our devotion and solidarity. Even when we reach the end of our solitude, Jesus is there, everything is offered up to Him. All we have to do is to walk, to follow Him in the big ordeal.

It is Jesus who by His Passion went right to the end of Love. The Tenderness of God will have the final word, it is the Infinite Trust in the Risen Lord Jesus, the total surrender to the Will of God. The Love of Jesus, the Holy Spirit who is given to us, is such a great Love, such a beautiful and complete One. The mystery of the Eucharist pours out torrents of a Love that is eternally renewed on humanity. This is the way God loves us.

We ask for the grace of a great faith so as to hold out in the great distress of this world.

TUESDAY 4th WEEK of EASTER

“It was the time of the feast of Dedication in Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was in the Temple walking up and down in the Portico of Solomon. The Jews gathered around him and said,’How much longer are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us openly.”

This message of hope is so important when times are tough and each one is there with their lot of personal, family or eccleisatical trial. What makes up the life of a disciple of Jesus is the certiude that Jesus is already victorious over whatever it is that opresses us, and that he is alive with God’s very own life. There is a connivance between the sheep and the Shepherd, the voice of the shepherd speaks, as if to say : ’I am here, I am here for you, with you and I know you. I shall give you eternal life : never shall you perish.“In the storm of the world that rumbles around Jesus, the stake is Christ’s sheep :”None, says Jesus, will snatch them away from the Father’s hands, those who are commended to me by him, whether it be the tiny little hand of the Infant Jesus or the hand of the Crucified Jesus, the sheep that have been given to him by the Father are well looked after! No-one will ever be able to snatch them from his hands.Jesus says that it his Father who has given them to him and he is greater than all.No-one can ever snatch anything frim the Father. In this great combat, faced with the Jews’ incredulity, Jesus speaks of snatching.Faced with the incredulity of those around him, Jesus speaks of his works, his most beautiful work will be his Passion, the work of his love, with the view of re establishing everything to life.

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“The Father, for what he has given me, is greater than anyone, and no one can steal anything from the Father’s hand.”

In difficult times we are in need of this assurance;The one who places his confidence in the Heart of God will never perish.We have nothing to fear, even if the storm rages around us.Jesus says ’No-one will snatch his sheep from his hands.’ We are carried on Jesus’ message which is the most marvellous message there ever was and will ever be, right to the end of our solitude, our devotion, our solidarity, everything is offered to Jesus. We only have to walk and follow the great trial. It is the Tenderness of God that will have the last word : ’God will wipe all tears from our eyes’, and he will tell us, ’Now, it is over. I am here, don’t cry any more.’ Our confidence in the Risen Lord Jesus is boundless and we totally surrender ourselves to God’s Will. We know the Infinite Love of our Father’s heart.The Holy Spirit has ben given to us, it is the Love of Jesus, a love that is so great, so beauiful and complete. In his Passion, Jesus went right to the end in his Love. and so God loves us with alove that is eternally renewed, the mystery of the Eucharist where God loves us in a unique manner poured itself out in torrents on humanity.’ We tell of what makes your glory, town of God! You are loved by the Lord who has been founded on the holy mountain.It is you, Sion, whom he prefers.’

Let us ask for the grace of a great faith so as to hold steadfast in the great distress the world is going through.