Living Stones 1




CONTEMPLATING THE FACE OF CHRIST

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FROM THE POPE'S LETTER

"We wish to see Jesus" (John 12:21). This request, addressed to the Apostle Philip by some Greeks who had made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem for the Passover, echoes spiritually in our ears too during this Jubilee Year. Like those pilgrims of two thousand years ago, the men and women of our own day,often perhaps unconsciously, ask believers not only to "speak" of Christ, but in a certain sense to "show" him to them. And is it not the Church's task to reflect the light of Christ in every historical period, to make his face shine also before the generations of the new millennium?

Our witness, however, would be hopelessly inadequate if we ourselves had not first contemplated his face. Apostolic Letter of Pope John Paul II - Novo Millennio Ineunte (At the Beginning of the New Millennium),# 16

Take some time of silence to reflect on these words and on the picture on the cover.

A TIME FOR SHARING YOUR FAITH:

-The crucifix that hangs in our Cathedral (see cover) often creates comment for it challenges our image of Christ. What does this image of Christ's crucifixion say to you? What image or picture of the crucifixion speaks most deeply to you?'
-What is your favourite image of Jesus OR your favourite Gospel incident involving Jesus?
-Share how this image or incident touches you?

GOSPEL REFLECTION John 14:7-11

Jesus said to his disciples:

'If you know me, you know my Father too.
From this moment you know him
and have seen him.'

Philip said, 'Lord, let us see the Father and then we shall be satisfied.' 'Have I been with you all this time, Philip,' said Jesus to him, 'and you still do not know me?'

'To have seen me is to have seen the Father,
so how can you say, "Let us see the Father"?
Do you not believe
that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?
The words I say to you
I do not speak as from myself:
It is the Father, living in me, who is doing this work.
You must believe me when I say
that I am in the Father and the Father is in me;
believe it on the evidence of this work,
if for no other reason.

Take some time of silence to reflect on these words.

LET GOD'S WORD SPEAK TO YOU:

-'Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me?' Share something of your own faith. How well do you know Jesus?
-Share how others have helped you to see Jesus?
-Share how your faith in Jesus has helped you in your life?

CLOSING PRAYER

The Lord is my light and my help;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
before whom shall I shrink?

There is one thing I ask of the Lord,
for this I long,
to live in the house of the Lord,
all the days of my life,
to savour the sweetness of the Lord,
to behold his temple.

For God makes me safe in his tent
in the day of evil.
God hides me in the shelter of his tent,
on a rock I am secure.

O Lord, hear my voice when I call;
have mercy and answer.
Of you my heart has spoken:
˙Seek God's faceÓ
It is your face, O Lord, that I seek;
hide not your face.

I am sure I shall see the Lord's goodness
in the land of the living.
Hope in him, hold firm and take heart.
Hope in the Lord!

From Psalm 27

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