Fr. Mathai’s Weekly Reflection

June 2,  2019

 Dear Parishioners:

Celebrating God’s Love

Christ Our Lord, pointing to His heart, told

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque:  “Behold this heart which has loved mankind so much.”  The heart of Christ is the symbol of God’s everlasting and ever abiding love.  God is Love.  The church invites the faithful to celebrate this love each year in the month of June.  That is why the month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart.  “And God showed us His love by sending His only Son into the world that we might have life through Him.  This is what love is:  it is not that we have loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the means by which our sins are forgiven.”  (I Jn. 4:10)

So, we are only asked to accept God’s love and live by it.  However, hopeless the situation may be, whatever may be the contradicting forces surrounding us, God will never abandon us.  Today there are too many challenges before us.  Jesus is asking us to love Him and to trust Him:  “The world will make you suffer, but be brave!  I have defeated the world.”  (Jn. 14:33)  May the Sacred Heart of Jesus lead us all into the ocean of God’s LOVE.

Welcoming the Holy Spirit

This week, we are in the Novena in preparation for Pentecost.  We are assailed by doubts and uncertainties.  But there is no need to fear.  Christ has assured us that when the Holy Spirit comes, He will teach us everything.  But, we need to be ready to welcome this gentle and loving Spirit.  The Spirit has given us life; He must also control our lives (Gal. 5:25)When the Spirit takes hold of our lives, there is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self control. (Gal. 5.22)  With a great desire let us invite Him to come into our lives, Come Holy Spirit.

✝ Fr. Mathai Vellappallil, SDB