Justice Reflections From Fr. Claude Mostowik

Baptism of Jesus

When I was in Italy from 1982-1986 studying psychology, I spent two summers helping out in a parish in Palermo, Sicily after three of my MSC confreres there were killed in a car accident. One would often hear of murders even in our parishes of police and public officials by the Mafia. The Archbishop of Palermo, Cardinal Pappalardo, was forced to travel in a police car because he was targeted for his fearless speaking out against the Mafia that kept people in its power by threats and murder. I was told on a number of occasions after speaking out that I was fortunate to be a foreigner. 

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Justice Reflections From Fr. Claude Mostowik

Epiphany 2021

There are different ways of seeing this feast of the Epiphany such as being about a long journey, Jesus as a guiding light, or welcoming peoples of all nations. It also raises the question as to who do we follow. Is it the depraved power of King Herod and its abuses or the life-giving power of Jesus? In Herod, and contemporary leaders such as Donald Trump, and George Bush before him, we see brutality and paranoia where violence is justified against so-called ‘bad people’. 

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Justice Reflections From Fr. Claude Mostowik

Feast of the Holy Family 

Luke, the story teller, tells the story of a God who loves each one of us so much and so enters fully into our world: dwelling among us, dining, rejoicing, crying, bleeding and triumphing with us. We hear today how Jesus is introduced to his parents’ faith community where private family intimacy is expanded into the larger Jewish world, and all of society. It is the story of a new creation - of a whole new family that we belong to. We know it will not end happily because the shadow of the cross already lies across the infant, as Simeon prophesies. It began badly for the children slaughtered at the time. And God cries with the distraught mothers.

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Justice Reflections From Fr. Claude Mostowik

Reflections on the readings for Christmas 2020

Archbishop Oscar Romero used to say, ‘Some truth can only be seen through eyes that have cried.’  Though many of us may not be familiar with the names of siblings Antony, 13, Angelina, 12 and Sienna Abdullah, 9, and their cousin Veronique Sakr, 11, who were killed on their way to buy ice-cream. In February 2019, their parents seem to have experienced what Romero wrote. The families of these children have launched an annual forgiveness day as a way of remembering them. Their words of forgiveness have powerfully turned hurt and pain and lost into forgiveness for the sake of healing. 

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Justice Reflections From Fr. Claude Mostowik

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Who can build a dwelling place for God?  David wanted to build God a nice house, God responded by saying something like this: ‘I have never had a house. I have lived in a tent. I like tents because I can move quickly that way and be with people.’  God has been on the move, dwelling with the people who lived in tents as they journeyed through the desert from Egypt to Canaan. None of Israel’s leaders were asked to build God a temple.  Pope Francis continually reminds us about ‘people on the move’ around the world. He presents us with a God who journeys with us and with all people especially those ‘on the move’.

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