4/19/2014

Holy Saturday: April 19, 2014: “They laid him in a tomb”.


Holy Saturday: 

April 19, 2014:

 “They laid him
               in a tomb”.


                                     






  Holy Saturday Lauds
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6qqJAUCs00

I remember returning home after the funeral of my dad, laying his body in the tomb after a very emotional celebration. There was such a heaviness and emptiness that I felt walking into his bedroom. I missed him terribly and then it hit me he is never going to return. It was sad. 
It was a moment of deep grief and loss that shook me. I was grieving the loss of my loved one in his body, in the forms I knew him, in the multiple looks he was capable of and I could discern. I mourned the loss of flesh. 

Is it not what we do on Holy Saturday when we mourn the death of Jesus. We weep. We shed tears for the Lord who walked, talked, healed, raised up, picked up, stood up, and knocked down. This is the in between time. This is the ‘nothing happening’ moment when earth has swallowed up the Son of God or he has ‘descended into hell’. 
As we wait we reflect on Mary's Agony with Her Son Jesus
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfw0-geIVb8



This is the waiting time. Great things will happen after the Sabbath day of rest. 
We stand in between despair and hope. We stand at the threshold of hope and despair. But our Christian hope is founded upon the certainty that things finally have a victorious meaning no matter how they turn out. 

That is what we are waiting in hope tonight. But first we must wait, we must desire, we must hope, we must accept the finality of death that the tomb is a womb. 

This can’t be the end for the One who came to redeem the world, to establish the Kingdom of God and who preached liberty to captives. St. Paul reminds us “ if there is no resurrection our preaching is in vain, our faith is empty”. 

So we wait for the new life, new dawn of salvation, for resurrection. Ron Rolheiser OMI says, “Resurrection of Jesus reveals that there is a deep moral structure to the universe, that the contours of the universe are love and goodness and truth. This structure, anchored at its center by ultimate love and power, is non-negotiable; You live life its way or it simply won’t come out right. More importantly, the reverse is also true: If you respect the structure and live life its way, what’s good and true and loving will eventually triumph… we don’t have to escape pain and death to achieve victory, we have only to remain faithful, good and true inside of them. 

God’s day will come”. So today we wait in hope for God to do whatever He plans to do. 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qx8tFO7Plm8


It is the time to grieve, to mourn, to align our tears with that of many suffering souls, to share the tears of God.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHe_qmo3gX4



God Bless you always!
Sincerely Yours,
Rev. Fr. Cyriac Chandy Mattathilanickal, MS

Wishing you and yours A Holy Lent!
Rev. Fr. Tom Puthusseril, M.S.
Shrine Director






Jesus, You raised me up!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzK1kmXvXYw


Reflecting on Our Lamb of God...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFn_f_mSaj0


How Great Thou Art!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGU4WWHqZ1o

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4/18/2014

GOOD FRIDAY: APRIL 18, 2014 “He bowed His head and breathed His last”


GOOD FRIDAY: 
          APRIL 18, 2014 
               “He bowed His head
                    and breathed

                                   His last”

Oh, is it a Good Friday?
Is it because the world rejoices that God is crucified in the person of Jesus?

Is it because the evil had its final say over the good?

No, I believe it is Good Friday because it is God’s field day.
Today, God reveals his humanity and divinity in the most definitive form.  Because Jesus is ‘deeply troubled’ or is in ‘agony’ just like any of us in the face of human suffering and death.
Jesus does not want to die nor does He want to suffer as He prays ‘remove this cup’.

Today is Good Friday because Jesus shares his intimate feelings with his intimate friends when He was agonizing over His impending death.



Jesus shows us that we can let go before our intimate few all our agonies, pains, and allow them to love us.
It is Good Friday because Jesus revealed His divinity by surrendering to the will of the Father as He said: “Not what I want but what you want”.
Fr. James Martin SJ asked the question “How was Jesus able to carry out the will of the Father?  It was because He trusted his Abba, His love”.
It is Good Friday because “the invitation to surrender, to accept our cup, to acknowledge the inevitability of suffering, and to step onto the path of sacrifice comes in the context of a relationship with God”, a relationship of trust, a relationship of love.

Father I put my life in your hands Michael Talbot


Today we can trust and in all the days of our life that God will be with us in all that we do and in all that we suffer or “there is someone else in the boat pulling on the oars- even if we do not feel it”.
It is Good Friday because Abba Father does the ultimate sacrifice of letting His Son face the agonizing passion and death for the sake of redeeming, winning over, saving the lost, the least, the last and the forsaken.
The Suffering of Jesus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMURZdXVJj4


It is Good Friday when God revealed his overwhelming love for the human person. It is Good Friday because St. Peter says, “In his own body, He brought your sins to the cross, so that all of us, dead in sin, could live in accord with God’s will”.
“By his wounds you were healed” (1 Peter 2:24).

It is Good Friday because I am set free from the bondage of sin, from the devastating effects of sin in me through the death of Jesus, the Savior. It is like God recognizing our own inability to save ourselves and comes to our rescue as in the words of St. Alphonsus Liguori “A visible sign of God’s passionate love for us”.
It is Good Friday because we have been redeemed by the precious blood of Christ. Jesus has paid the price for my sins and the sins of the humanity and so this Friday is so ‘Good’ for the whole of creation.

he Final Journey



This Good Friday, as we lovingly gaze long and hard upon the body of Christ on the cross we recognize the God who suffers with us and through us for our redemption.
 Someone once said: “nothing changed in heaven on Good Friday  but everything potentially changed on earth”.
For today, we can “confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and favor” (Hebrews 4:16).

It is Good Friday because Divine Mercy is revealed in the image of Jesus on the cross, the shocking, dramatic and compelling way of the Great Love.

This prayer of Richard Rohr is so appropriate for today:
“Crucified Jesus, you are not a stranger to my soul, you are not foreign to our history.  You have revealed, resolved, and forgiven it all on the cross.  I join the whole world in thanking you.
This is indeed a Good Friday”.

God Bless you always!
Sincerely Yours,
Rev. Fr. Cyriac Chandy Mattathilanickal, MS

Wishing you and yours A Holy Lent!
Rev. Fr. Tom Puthusseril, M.S.
Shrine Director

Reflection on the Passion

We were the reason Jesus died for us..

Were you there when they crucified my Lord...


Jesus Remember Me ...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzTo-8pusSQ

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4/17/2014

Holy Thursday: April 17, 2014: “Do this in memory of me”!

Holy Thursday: 
April 17, 2014: 
“Do this in 
memory 
of me”!



Traditionally we call today it Maundy Thursday in which Maundy means
                     “commands”. 


The commands that Jesus gave on this day are: 

Take it and eat it, take this and drink from it, do this in memory of me and lastly "if I have washed your feet, so you must do this". 


The first command refers to the "Institution of the Eucharist", Christ’s gift to the Church. The Eucharist is a call to and a grace for service. 
Jesus ‘took’ his body to many places physically to Galilee, Bethany, Jericho, Bethsaida, Canaan, Nazareth, and Jerusalem and ‘gave’ his body to people who needed him most. As James Martin SJ would say in his book Jesus the Pilgrimage, “He brought himself to people saying, in essence, “this is my body". "Here I am”. 

Jesus offered himself to and for God the Father as well as for imperfect humanity.   
So we are called to do this in memory of Him, to give ourselves as Jesus did. That is to bring our bodies – ourselves – to places where we are needed, to imperfect people, to unwelcome people, to hospital, to broken homes, to broken communities, to the excluded, the LGBT, to prisoners, to slums, to government offices, to corporate America, to Red street, to Wall Street, to Main street, to Calcutta’s of our own towns and villages and say “this is my body given up for you”. 

This is giving of ourselves in love to God and to others. 
Do this in memory of Him who loved us totally. The Eucharist is meant to lead us out of the Church and into the humble service of others. 

Pope Francis today will wash feet of the mentally ill people in Rome. 

St. Ignatius of Loyola wrote: “Love shows itself more in action than in words”. 
So the washing of the feet by the Master, the Lord on His knees is an act of service, of humility, of becoming equal to the disciples, no superior or inferior, but mere servants in service to God. 





Raymond Brown calls it a "loving act of abasement”.
This is ‘becoming what we receive’ at the Eucharist. So Eucharist is a meal, a memory, a service and sharing. It is worship, it is nourishment, it is giving, it is becoming, it is living as Jesus did and asked us to do. 

What is a powerful experience, what a mystery, what a gift, a gift par excellence

Let us learn to appreciate what a gift we have in the Eucharist, what a powerful mandate we have in it, what an example of service we have from our Lord who gave himself to us imperfect humanity. 

Happy priesthood day to all the priests that includes all the baptized and the ordained, the men and women in the Church!


God Bless you always!
Sincerely Yours,
Rev. Fr. Cyriac Chandy Mattathilanickal, MS

Wishing you and yours A Holy Lent!
Rev. Fr. Tom Puthusseril, M.S.
Shrine Director





Message from Bishop Fulton Sheen on the Eucharist Sacrifice:


Message from Bishop Fulton Sheen on the Mass:


Luminous Mystery: The Institution of the Eucharist:












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4/15/2014

42nd Day of Lent: April 15, 2014: “Betray me”, “Deny me”


 42nd Day of Lent:
April 15, 2014:
 “Betray me”, “Deny me”

The second day of the Holy Week
we are presented with another painful reality of human person. 

People who betray us, people who deny us! Oh that is painful especially if it comes from a member of the family or community.

It is heartbreaking, heart-wrenching like a punch in your stomach. It is a very sad reality that we often face in life. Almost a month ago I remember of being so ripped apart by some people that I was beside myself. 

The Son of God must have felt devastated by the betrayal of Judas and denial of Peter two of his trusted friends. Jesus did not allow his sadness to overwhelm him. 
He was able to rise above the human weakness and tells Judas, “do what you intend to do”.
Jesus reminded Peter that bad days are ahead of him that he will deny him three times. 
Judas felt ashamed of his wretchedness and hung himself thinking that God will never forgive me. 
Peter on the other hand received the loving gaze of the savior after his third denial. 
That got him. 
The long loving look of Jesus upon a sinner Peter is so life-changing an event in the drama of passion of Jesus. 
That struck him to the core of his being and Peter burst out in tears of compunction, sorrow, and guilt. 
Peter believed in the merciful gaze of his savior and repented.

So who do you want to be, Peter or Judas?
I would rather be Peter who was never afraid to be vulnerable but open to the mercy offered by Jesus. Peter gave all he had to Jesus for the Lord gave all he had for him, his love and his life. 

Pope Francis has never ceased to amaze us by his vulnerability and strong commitment to a Church of mercy.

Let us be reminded that we are a church of the sinners and saints. 

We are all in the process of becoming who God wants us to be, grace and mercy are readily available. 

What are you waiting for?

God Bless you always!
Sincerely Yours,
Rev. Fr. Cyriac Chandy Mattathilanickal, MS

Wishing you and yours A Holy Lent!
Rev. Fr. Tom Puthusseril, M.S.
Shrine Director





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