A man went to a barbershop to have his hair cut and his beard trimmed. As the barber began to work, they had a good chat. They talked about so many things and various subjects. When they eventually touched on the subject of God, the barber said: “I don’t believe that God exists.” “Why do you say that?” asked the customer. “Well, you just have to go out in the street to realise that God doesn’t exist. Tell me, if God exists, would there be so many sick people? Would there be abandoned children? If God existed, there would be neither suffering nor pain. I can’t imagine a loving God who would allow all of these things.” The customer thought for a moment, but didn’t respond because he didn’t want to start an argument.
Just after he left the barbershop, he saw a man in the street with long, dirty hair and an untrimmed beard. He looked dirty and unkempt. The customer turned back and entered the barbershop again and he said to the barber: “You know what? Barbers do not exist.” “How can you say that?” asked the surprised barber. “I am here, and I am a barber. And I just worked on you!” No!” the customer exclaimed. “Barbers don’t exist because if they did, there would be no people with dirty long hair and untrimmed beards, like that man outside.” Ah, but barbers do exist! That’s what happens when people do not come to me.” “Exactly!” affirmed the customer. “That’s the point! God, too, does exist! That’s what happens when people do not go to Him and don’t look to Him for help. That’s why there’s so much pain and suffering in the world.”
On this Australia day let us reflect on how we might be able to live out our mission of showing to all the world that God is the meaning of our lives? We are grateful that each one of us is called to follow Jesus and our mission is to live as a people of faith and as a people with God in our lives. This is quite a challenge because we’ve got everything we need here, or everything we want is just right there within our reach. This easy accessibility to things sometimes leads us to believe we don’t need God and we don’t need faith anymore. But we do need God.....!
As we celebrate Australia Day this weekend, let us ask ourselves ‘How grateful are we to God for giving us this beautiful country?’
Fr. Dantus Thottathil
My first week has been a good experience; thank you for your open-arms welcome to the Parish family over the last two weekends. Thank you to everyone for the wonderful work you are doing in the parish and I pray that we will continue to work together in this faith family of St Mary MacKillop and St John Vianney Catholic Parish. Here I would like to share with you a beautiful story that I received in the New Year and it starts with a thought provoking message. “Whatever comes your way as you journey into the New Year, remember the lesson of this story”...
A little boy and his father went into a country store, and as they were leaving, the owner of the store offered the little boy some free Sweets. “Get a hand full of sweets", the shopkeeper said to the boy.
The boy just stood there looking up at his father. The owner repeated it: “son get a hand full of sweets... it’s free.” Again the boy did not move, continuing to look up at his Dad.
Finally the father reached into the candy jar and got a hand full of sweets and gave them to his son. As they walked back home, the father stopped and asked his son why he did not grab a hand full of the free candy. The boy with a big smile looked into his father’s face and said: “Because I know that your hand is bigger than mine.”
So dear friends, whatever your needs are for 2020, please place them in the FATHER'S HAND IN HEAVEN, because HIS HAND is BIGGER THAN OURS. My Prayers and Best Wishes for you are that you have a blessed time as you journey through 2020.
This weekend we begin again the Sundays in the Ordinary Season of the year A. Two thoughts emerge from today’s readings. The first is John the Baptist’s dramatic declaration, ‘Behold the Lamb of God’. The second is an invitation to do a personal stock-take during this first month of the New Year, and make some resolutions to improve the quality of our lives. This weekend John the Baptist urges us to ask what are we fundamentally about and then seek to reset our lives.
Let us ask the Lord to pour His Holy Spirit upon us to deepen our faith, hope, and love for God and to reveal the plan He has for our life.
Fr. Dantus Thottathil