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Commenary to Easter Sunday – Year C

Commenary to Easter Sunday – Year C

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

“Now, on the first day after the Sabbath, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning while it was still dark…” (v. 1). In these first words of the Gospel of Easter day one can perceive, almost breathe the signs of death’s victory. On earth it’s all silence, immobility, quietness. A woman, alone and frightened, moves in the darkness of the night. Death seems to dominate unchallenged and silence and darkness celebrate the triumph.

Commentary to Good Friday – Year C

Commentary to Good Friday – Year C

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

The dramatic agony of the cross has often led the preachers of the past to insist excessively on the gory aspects of Jesus’ passion. From this preaching images, popular representations and some devotions are derived in which the violence of the blows of the scourging, the falls under the weight of the cross, the sadism of the soldiers exasperated. This type of approach to the Gospel texts do not make a good service to the understanding of the Easter events, indeed, it blurs the meaning.

Commentary to Holy Thursday – Year C

Commentary to Holy Thursday – Year C

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

Disciple is one who follows in the footsteps of the Master. “Your attitude should be the same as Jesus Christ had”—Paul recommends to the Philippians (Phil 2:5). “I have just given you an example,” Jesus says, “that as I have done you also may do.” He “has not come to be served but to serve” (Mk 10:45). Even his disciples, following his example, are called to be servants.

Christus vivit: At the heart of the solution

Christus vivit: At the heart of the solution

by: Chris Knowles - The Tablet in Church Issues,

The Synod in Rome in October last year focused on young people, faith and vocational discernment; in his reflection on the Synod published last week, Pope Francis places the energy, creativity and openness of young people at the centre of his reform of the Church.

Commentary to the Passion (Palm) Sunday – Year C

Commentary to the Passion (Palm) Sunday – Year C

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

During this week we are not invited to grieve and to mourn the death of Jesus, but to rejoice in the freedom that he has realized by giving his life. We also try to question ourselves: indeed have we really entered the new reality born of his sacrifice? Let us ask ourselves if we have accepted his kingdom, assimilating the new face of God, the new religion, the new face of a man and the new society proposed by him.

Commentary to the 5th Sunday of Lent-Year C

Commentary to the 5th Sunday of Lent-Year C

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

In the behavior of Jesus, presented to us in the Gospel, the new, surprising, “scandalous” righteousness of God is presented. He does not condemn anyone, he saves and that’s it.

The Church under pressure: Reform or counter-reform?

The Church under pressure: Reform or counter-reform?

by: Massimo Faggioli - La Croix International in Church Issues,

Bishop Charles Morerod recently told La Croix "the Church reforms itself under the influence of seemingly adverse forces. "Mounting pressure is a key factor to consider in the debates within the Church about the institutional reforms that are needed to address how bishops have failed in handling sex abuse cases. But this pressure on the institutional Church is undeniably different today from that of the past.