Vol: 43, No.35 10TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) June 05 2016  
 
LITURGY AND LIFE

A miracle is an event that evokes wonder because something unexpected has happened. The word “miracle” (Latin miraculum) literally means a marvellous event or an event that causes wonder. In general it is inexplicable in terms of ordinary natural forces and can be regarded as an indication of God’s work in the world. In the biblical history and in Christian tradition, miracles have a dialogical character; that is, they reveal the personal love of God and concern for human salvation. Thus they demand a believing response.
The exposition of the sacred relics of St Francis Xavier is held once in 10 years in the Sé Cathedral, Old Goa. The last public Exposition of the Sacred Relics of the Saint was held from 22nd November 2014 till 4th January 2015. It was the 17th public exposition. The theme of the Exposition was “Faith Creates Communion, Strengthens Family, Commissions to Renew the Society.” The body of StFrancis Xavier which miraculously defied the laws of nature, of turning into dust, lies till this day in a silver casket in the Church of Bom Jesus Basilica in Goa, India. During the exposition it is transferred to the Sé Cathedral. St Francis Xavier was born on 7th April 1506. He lived only for forty-six years. He was a missionary who preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of Asia and was the co-founder of the Society of Jesus. Francis Xavier was beatified by Pope Paul V on 25th October 1619, and was canonized by Pope Gregory XV on 22nd March 1622. Pope Pius XI proclaimed him the “Patron of Catholic Missions”.
The purpose of miracles is revelation and edification. St John after saying that there were many unrecorded miracles of Christ, adds, “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name (Jn21:31). Elaborating edification

 

as the purpose of the miracle, let us go back a little bit more on the Exposition. From St Paul’s community in Mumbai, fifteen of us went as pilgrims to take part in this spiritual encounter. We reached the venue of the Exposition at 8.30 in the morning. By that time there was a sea of pilgrims inching forward in an orderly and prayerful manner. The pilgrimage consisted not just viewing the body of St Francis kept in the Cathedral but also revamping of the faith as the pilgrim walks in eager expectation for hours before he/she reaches the miraculously preserved body of StFrancis. Luckily for us we reached the body of the Saint after about two hours, after which we took part in a concelebrated Eucharist in a large pandal which ended our pilgrimage. We were both edified and strengthened in our faith.
Today’s liturgy of the Word contains the resuscitations performed by Elijah in the first reading, and by Jesus in the Gospel. Both the beneficiaries were the only sons of the respective widows. After these dead men were resuscitated, we see a total change in the attitude of the beneficiaries. The woman who was nagging Elijah, said; “Now I know you are a man of God, and that the Word of the Lord is in your mouth.” When the son of the Naim woman was handed over to his mother alive again, the crowd that accompanied the funeral procession was gripped by a holy fear and they said, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and “God has visited his people!” They were instrumental in spreading a good report about Jesus. We cannot forget Paul’s experience of conversion which was miraculous. So overwhelming was the effect of the miraculous appearance of the risen Jesus on Paul that he never stops to ponder over it and write and speak about it. What is my conversion experience?

– AK
June 2016 READINGS OF THE WEEK Psalter Week 2
06 Mon (G) St Norbert, 1 Kgs 17:1-6/ Ps 121:1-8/ Mt 5:1-12
07 Tue (G) 1 Kgs 17:7-16/ Ps 4:2-5,7-8/ Mt 5:13-16
08 Wed (G) Bl. Mariam Thresia, 1 Kgs 18:20-39/ Ps 16:1-2, 4-5, 8, 11/ Mt 5:17-19
09 Thu (G) St Ephrem of Syria, 1 Kgs 18:41-46/ Ps 65:10-13/ Mt 5:20-26
10 Fri (G) 1 Kgs 19:9, 11-16/ Ps 27:7-9, 13-14/ Mt 5:27-32
11 Sat (R) ST BARNABAS, Ap, Acts 11:21-26; 13:1-3/ Ps 98:1, 2-6/ Mt 10:7-13
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