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The Silence Broken

I remember I was walking home from my bus stop on the Wednesday after holy week, and like the disciples on the road to emmaus, I was thinking about all the dramatic events that took place ( It so happened that story of the Road to Emmaus was the Gospel of that day.) As I walked down my street I noticed that I couldn't hear anything. I couldn't hear the numerous cars and busses at the end of the street, I couldn't hear the birds chirp, or even my own foot prints. Accepting the fact that I may have just gone deaf I continued to think about the greatness of last week.

     I began to think about the silence during holy week. The awkward silence as Jesus said one of them would betray him, or when he told Peter that he would deny him three times. I thought of the confused silence they had in the garden as they waited for the Lord to pray and the shocked silence  when the crowds condemned Jesus to crucificion. I thought of the silence while Jesus carried his cross, and tha…

The Graduates of the Ascension

Last June, I graduated high school and began university. After journeying through four years of high school and experiencing a lot of fun times and late nights working on projects and studying I was finally completed. Graduating was an end and a new beginning. It was a time when I said goodbye to the life I've live the past four years and said hello to the new form of life coming next. As I graduated I felt, as most graduates do, that I was ready to take on the world. That I was equipped to face the challenges that laid ahead of me in this new stage of life. The ceremonies only encouraged this ideology. We were the champions and after these four years of learning, we were ready for university; we were ready to be an adult, we were ready for a new form of life.  One year later, and I can (already) testify that this isn't fully the case.


     Today we celebrate the feast of the ascension of Christ. This is the day when Christs earthly mission has been fulfilled and he now …

The Second Advocate

Imagine the climatic events that surround todays Gospel. Jesus has just washed his disciples feet, he declared to them that the food they eat is his body, the drink they are drinking is his blood. Jesus tells them that someone will betray him, and that Peter will deny him. Then to add to this he tells them that he is going away- that he will no longer be physically with them. Imagine the emotion that is running through the room during each of these striking moments of that final meal. It must have been an evening of confusion and frightfulness. But yet how significant that one evening would become and the affect it would have on the entire world.

    For the first three Sundays of Easter we heard in the Gospels the events of the resurrection and Jesus' appearances to his disciples thereafter. From then on we get different accounts of Jesus and the future of his mission once he leaves earth. Today, is such a reading. We are given the account of Jesus preparing his disciples be…