Always Be Honest Proverbs 12:22
Count Your Blessing Psalms 34:1-3
Keep Your Promises Romans 4:21
Comfort One Another 1 Thessalonians 4:18
and above all...Love One Another 1 Peter 1:22
Be Supportive of one Another Acts 20:35
Be Kind and Tenderhearted Ephesians 4:32
Father George’s Address in India. Father George has returned to his homeland. If you would like to send him a note, his address is printed below. We wish for him only the best in his retirement. Check with the Post Office for postal rates, it takes more than one stamp!
Fr. George Kallumkalkudy
Carmel Provincial House
P.O. Box No. 34
Muvattupuzha - 868 661
“The Son of Man is to be handed over to men”
What a remarkable statement! As he begins his journey to Jerusalem,
Jesus tells his disciples—and us—that he will be handed over. He will become
passive, powerless in our hands. He will leave it up to us to decide
what to do with him. It’s just as the prophet Isaiah had said, “Like a lamb
led to slaughter or a sheep silent before shearers, he did not open his
mouth” (Isaiah 53:7)
This is a strong contrast to everything we have seen Jesus do so far.
From the moment he burst onto the scene, Jesus was at the center of attention—healing
people, contending with opponents, calming storms, and
multiply bread. He always took the lead. He always spoke with authority.
He was the one shaping the story. But at the cross, where it matters the
most? Jesus remained quiet, humble, and vulnerable.
The truth is, this is what Jesus intended all along. He came as God’s gift
to us. A gift doesn’t tell the recipient how to use it. He left it up to us to
decide how we were going to receive him. We didn’t have to reject him as
many of his people did. We didn’t have to deny him as Peter did. We didn’t
have to kill him as the Romans did. We could have embraced him and accepted
his message of salvation. But we didn’t.
And still God handed him over. He didn’t take back his gift.
Even today, God continues to hand Jesus to us. At every Mass, on every
altar, in every Communion line, Jesus is placed in our hands as God’s gift of
salvation. None of us are worthy to receive him. None of us accept him as
fully as we should. But that doesn’t stop him. He still gives himself to sinful
men and women. He still offers his salvation to us. Let’s return his gesture
and hand ourselves over to him.
“Lord, I am not worthy to receive you.
Please keep speaking your words to me so that I may be healed.”
(The Word: September 2018 edition)