• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐
    圣福若瑟神父

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动
    圣杨生•爱诺德神父

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

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Wednesday, 28 March 2018 18:43

Good Friday - the channel to Easter Sunday

 

Fr Joseph Reddy SVD 150By Fr Joseph Reddy SVD

Life presents to us many Good Fridays, in the form of obstacles, helplessness and brokenness. But what brings us to Easter Sunday is our understanding that we don’t get upset with little hardships in life because our life’s journey is like a road and difficulties are like humps. They help us to avoid dangerous accidents. So, learning to enjoy the challenges of life and moving on is the key to eventually arriving at Easter.

Our Good Fridays are not the end for we all will have Easter Sundays too. My Dad often says that if things are happening according to your wish that’s good, if they aren’t, that’s even better. If they are not happening according to your wish, they are happening as per some Divine force. That Divine force will never think ill about you, so you need to respect that as being better.

Cross tomb 450The other thing my dad talks about is that, "Life is a struggle. So long as there is life, there is struggle”. I think we should accept this fact that our life is never going to be easy, something or other is going to happen. So rather than sitting in a despondency, beware that tomorrow is going to be another challenge, another struggle. But eventually you will have a well experienced life with more zeal to face future Good Fridays and arrive at Easter Sundays.

Often times, this is how life would offer us difficulties on the journey. Our dreams may get crushed, our hopes shattered, our efforts stumped, but remember tough people, don’t cry. Rather they try to rebuild their dreams. Great people, don’t give up but live up to the challenges that life throws at them.

Inspirational individuals, don’t 'go through, but rather grow through', the difficulties that come along their path. They start and face the difficulties all over again with great hope, with great determination and grit. And that is how they can reach the highest peaks in life - Easter Sundays.

As we enter the Triduum, the cream of the Lenten Season, let us be reminded that Jesus our Lord suffered and died for us on the cross and resurrected on Easter Sunday. Good Friday, for us Christians is not the end. As St Augustine says, “We are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song”. The real indication of overcoming Good Friday and arriving at Easter Sunday is a sign that all human beings have God with in us. Deep within every being is the spirit of Jesus. May the spirit of the risen Lord rule our hearts to face the Good Fridays and experience the Easter Sundays in our life.

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