Dardanup Boyanup Catholic Parish Bulletin: Ascension of the Lord – May 20, 2012

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Dardanup Boyanup Catholic Parish Bulletin: Ascension of the Lord – May 20, 2012

Thoughts on the Gospel ‘The author of these passages proposed a list of signs for the end of the world and general witness to those who went out to preach. At the root of both lay the Lord’s command to “Go and preach the Good News.” ‘The author began with order for travelling evangelization. “Go everywhere and preach the Good News to everyone,” mirrored Jesus’ own mobile ministry. The disciples were to do as Jesus did, but only on a universal scale. In fact, the ministry of Jesus became THE sign of the end times. Instead of judgment, the power of...

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Dardanup Boyanup Catholic Parish Bulletin: 6th Sunday Easter-May 13, 2012

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Dardanup Boyanup Catholic Parish Bulletin: 6th Sunday Easter-May 13, 2012

Thoughts on the Gospel ‘What is the cost of love? When we frame love in this question, the subject transcends the feeling. No longer does love remain in the realm of the heart. It becomes a decision of the will. The question implies that we do not truly love unless we are willing to act upon our feelings and live with the consequences. Love may not be love without an inner emotion, but it cannot survive without action. And it cannot grow without testing.  ‘To claim love is easy, to live love is difficult. Yet, in Jesus, we find the example of love perfectly lived out. We also find the...

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Dardanup Boyanup Catholic Parish Bulletin: 5th Sunday Easter – May 6, 2012

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Dardanup Boyanup Catholic Parish Bulletin: 5th Sunday Easter – May 6, 2012

Thoughts on the Gospel In John’s passage on the vine and the branches, Jesus presented the themes of testing and judgment, intimacy, and assurance of God’s benevolent providence. Jesus seemed to say, ‘No matter what happens, stay close to me, produce the fruit of a good Christian life, and my Father will take care of you.’ The theme of mutual fidelity threaded its way throughout this passage.  Chapter 15 in John’s gospel stood as the last monologue of Jesus before his death (his testing). Jesus gave this extended speech to his followers at the Last Supper. In context,...

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Dardanup Boyanup Catholic Parish Bulletin: 4th Sunday Easter – April 29, 2012

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Dardanup Boyanup Catholic Parish Bulletin: 4th Sunday Easter – April 29, 2012

  Thoughts on the Gospel   In this Sunday’s passages, John presented Jesus as the dedicated shepherd. Like the shepherd, Jesus would lead even if it meant his death. He would not be a charlatan who gave a performance of holiness for his audience, only to flee at any sign of danger. His leadership bound the follower to himself in intimacy. And his Father loved him for the sacrifice he would make for his sheep and for power he would use to rise up from the dead.  What defined true Christian leadership? In this passage, Jesus pointed to himself as the model. He was willing to...

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Dardanup-Boyanup Catholic Parish Bulletin: 3rd Sunday Easter – April 22, 2012

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Dardanup-Boyanup Catholic Parish Bulletin: 3rd Sunday Easter – April 22, 2012

Thoughts on the Gospel—From fear and alarm to peace ‘All of a sudden there is Jesus among them. The disciples’ first reaction, however, is one of fear and alarm. Jesus is dead and so this must be his ghost. But Jesus reassures them: he points to the solidity of his body. Now their feelings turn to inexpressible joy. As they look on him with a mixture of happiness and wonder, he pushes them a bit further and asks for food to eat. Ghosts don’t eat. Jesus is truly risen.  ‘He now explained how what had happened to him was all foretold clearly in the Scriptures. It was all part of...

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Dardanup-Boyanup Catholic Parish Bulletin: 2nd Sunday of Easter – April 15, 2012

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Dardanup-Boyanup Catholic Parish Bulletin: 2nd Sunday of Easter – April 15, 2012

Thoughts on the Gospel:  The Resurrection – a new creation ‘What difference does the resurrection make for us? It is not just the resurrection of a single individual. St John emphasises that the only way we can understand the Resurrection is to place it in the context of God’s creation. Just as God breathed his spirit over the waters at the beginning of creation so now the risen Christ breathes upon this fearful group of failures. God is acting again; it is a new creation.  ‘The disciples receive the very same spirit which Jesus possessed. The immediate effect of this gift...

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