WELCOME OUR NEW PARISH PRIEST FR.MENDES
It gives me immense joy to join you as your pastor leading this renowned Parish of St. Anthony, Siolim, along with my close collaborators, to greater spiritual heights. Hence, I greet all of you with fraternal love! In our times the immense gift that the Creator has bestowed upon us is none other than the privilege of communicating to one another at the pace of the “speed of light.” Within no seconds we are connected to each other in any remote part of the world and remain updated of all the news and happenings on account of the internet facilities. That is why the entire universe has been reduced to a“global village” and everyone experiences the closest of proximity when communicating with others who are miles and miles away from us. In this most challenging period of Covid-19
Our Profound Gratitude
The Late Mr. Sebastian Lazaro Florentino D’Cruz once wrote in one of his books, “ Just as all Goenkars have a taste for their rice and curry so also all Catholics love their village church. But my love to my church trancends far beyond this saying.” Following in the footsteps of his ancestors who had been working in our Siolim Church as Sacristians, he too dedicated 10 years of service as a Sacristian from 1945 to 1955.
Good morning and wish you a terrific Tuesday in company with St. John Bosco! (Mk 5, 21-43)
The two miracles, performed by Jesus, first, the healing of the woman who had an irregular menstrual flow for a dozen of years and the second, the raising of the daughter of Jairus from the dead, are worked to augment and strengthen the faith of the twelve. In the first case it is the profound and absolute trust (faith) of the desperate and shattered woman that "one touch would do the magic" but Jesus makes her realise that trusting Him is not magic but a personal relationship with Him. In the second case, it is the absolute faith of Jairus that would totally heal his daughter, and it was so! But it goes beyond a simple miracle, it is an impossible miracle where Jesus gives Jairus' daughter a NEW LEASE of life. What an incredible sign of divine power shown in favour of humanity!
How do l consider my faith? Is it only an external awe raising magic where God is presumed as a magician who works incredible events in my life or do l endeavour to strike a personal bond of relationship with my God?
@SocMen 31/I/ 2023