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Jul 2018

JULEN 2018 I SANKTA MARIA MAGDALENAS FÖRSAMLING

 

Julafton 24 december

Kl. 22.30      midnattsmässa

         

Juldagen 25 december

Kl. 09.30      mässa på polska

Kl. 11.00      församlingsmässa

Kl. 17.00      mässa på engelska

 

Annandag jul 26 december (Den helige Stefanos dag)

Kl. 11.00      mässa på svenska

Kl. 13.00      mässa (Gheez rit)

 

Söndagen 30 december (DEN HELIGA FAMILJEN)

Kl. 9.30        mässa på polska

Kl. 11.00      församlingsmässa

Kl. 17.00      mässa på engelska

 

Nyårsafton 31 december

Kl. 17.30      Andakt vid årets slut. Te Deum.

 

Nyårsdagen 1 januari 2019 (MARIA – GUDS MODER)

Kl. 9.30        mässa på polska

Kl. 11.00      församlingsmässa

Kl. 17.00      mässa på engelska

 

Trettondedag jul 6 januari 2019 (EPIFANIA)

Kl. 9.30        mässa på polska

Kl. 11.00      mässa på svenska med inslag av engelska

 barnens julspel

 julfest för församlingens alla barn

 (Ingen mässa på engelska)

 

7 Januari 2019

Kl. 13.00      mässa på ukrainska

The cry against Sodom and Gomorrah

Friends, the theme that runs like a red thread in this Sunday’s liturgical texts is the importance of perseverance in prayer. It is the continuation of last Sunday’s reading from the book of Genesis. We read how the Lord in company of two of his angels visited Abraham and promised that he would have a son in a year’s time. Today, Abraham is seeing his guests off and the Lord speaks to him about the wickedness of Sodom and Gomorrah. They were cities were infamous for their unnatural sexual sins. The cry against Sodom and Gomorrah is nothing compared to the rage today. It is first and foremost sin that cries out to God. Cruelties, injustices against fellow human beings cry out to God for his intervention. I personally wonder sometime, why God does not intervene in the world. This is an age an age of vanity. Still, the psalmist says: "When I called, you answered me; you gave me courage and strengthened my soul. Lord, you stretch out your hand and protect me against the wrath of mine enemies. You, Lord, will complete your work for me and never abandon the works of your hands." Maybe there are people today who would dispute this assertion. It sometimes seems that God does not intervene and do not respond when sin and the suffering cry out unto him.

Sodom and Gomorrah is located south of the Dead Sea (Gen 18:20-32). God is described in the text anthropomorphically, that is as if he were a human being. God knows everything and did not need to go to the towns to find out things for himself. Scripture is the Word of God in human language. In today's first reading, we can notice how human language can restrict or shrink God's words and actions. It appears in the text, as if God has limitations. That it is expressed as if he has to go to Sodom and Gomorrah to confirm what he had heard about them. These two cities were filled with cruelty. The text suggests that the two cities were punished because they practiced homosexuality and lesbianism. God was on his way to the cities when he was invited by Abraham to rest and have something to eat and drink. Here it is interesting to observe how God is doing good to all who live or act according to his words. We know that the meeting with Abraham and Sarah was not the purpose of God's visit. God and his two angels who were on their way to Sodom and Gomorrah could still bless Abraham and Sarah. It is interest to note how God informs us that Abraham has a right to know God's plan. Of course, it is in Abraham that all the nations will be blessed. Abraham was therefore to intercede for all his people to keep the word of God, so that God's promise could be fulfilled in him.

The Lord promised to spare Sodom and Gomorrah if there were found in them ten righteous persons. We can assume from this that God never punishes the righteous with the wicked. Unfortunately, ten righteous persons were not found in the cities. While God showed grace and patience with people they continued in what was evil in his sight. In the first reading, we learn the power of intercessory prayer. Furthermore, Abraham teaches an example of love of neighbour and international solidarity with all people. How many times do you pray for your neighbour living in sin? The passage also teaches us that the prayer of the righteous and presence among us is a guarantee of God's grace and mercy towards us even though we deserve punishment. Therefore, we should be thankful that there are men and women who completely dedicate their lives in prayer for humanity. Most of us would have no hesitation to say that the cry against our age to the Lord is far greater than the cry against Sodom and Gomorrah. Yet, God has not come to destroy our world. The question is why he is slow to intervene in our world. Should he not intervene in our world as well as he did in Sodom and Gomorrah? For most of us, we think that the Lord should intervene once in a while to teach some lessons to those who oppose him and his people and live as if he does not exist.

Perhaps it is the prayers of women and men who are daily interceding for us that are keeping the hands of God from descending upon us. People enter the monastery because they are moved by love for God and neighbour. Contemplative nuns and monks have at least one thing in common with all people, they are in solidarity with all of humanity. Some question a life in the monastery. Why do they not do something else with their life? For some of us, it's a waste of one's life. Others ask why we must financially support such a life. It was such thinking that led to the reformists to destroy and close the monasteries in England. We forget that prayers of the contemplative have saved us many times. These people have sacrificed their freedom to stand in prayer between God and us. It's always a blessing to live near a monastery or a church. Do as Abraham and think of your neighbour in prayer and other people who wander far from God. Each of us is called to care about all that is in our ecosystem. Often we complain that God is dumb, he does not intervene and answer our prayers. Is he dead? Does he exist at all? A living proof of God's existence today consists of tens of thousands of contemplative nuns and monks in monasteries in Claustrum, which seems closed, but in reality free. They have renounced everything, except the love of God and to pray for the whole world. "The Lord lives, before whose face I stand," says the prophet Elijah (1 Kings 17:1).

The second text, from Colossians (2:12-14) shares the same theme with the first when it comes to portraying a God who answers his people when they cry out to him. God's Son, Christ our Lord, took human form so that we can share his divinity. As a result we have become citizens of the kingdom of heaven. At baptism, we died and rose with him. We are of course not yet in heaven but have passport to heaven. In his church, the sacraments and the Holy Spirit, we have received all the documents necessary for us to enter heaven. God wants to save all people. He wants everybody in heaven. Yes, there are many mansions in the Father’s house.

The Gospel, from Luke, takes up the same theme of perseverance in prayer. Here, perseverance in prayer receives a concrete face. Lord, teach us to pray, as John the Baptist taught his disciples, (Luke 11:1-13). Does this mean that they were not praying before? No! Probably, they were praying like all other Jews. But there must have been some other form of prayer the observed that John the Baptist's disciples were engaged in. It was just the kind of prayer Jesus' disciples wanted to learn. Jesus does not teach in the abstract concept but with examples from everyday life. Today's Gospel parable can happen anywhere, at any night.

 

Jesus prays constantly. He stays somewhere to pray even when on a journey. This is reminiscent of how our Muslim brothers and sisters who stop whatever they are doing during the day at different times to pray. We can assume that Jesus was on the move and stopped to pray. This means that prayer is something that should permeate all our lives. After seeing Jesus pray countless times and how the disciples of John the Baptist prayed, Jesus’ disciples asked him to teach them to pray. Perhaps Jesus' disciples wanted to prepare for the time when they, like John's disciples would be without Jesus. He teaches in a concrete way. It is a lesson in perseverance in prayer. We are urged by this to continue in prayer until we get answers. That we must continue does not mean that God must be forced to answer us or that he is sleeping and must be awakened to answer us. No, God's hand is not short, nor is he deaf, so we have to shout and punish ourselves before he hears us (Is 59:1-8). Some people seem to think that they have to punish themselves before they could be heard by God. Certainly, he does not want to see us suffer. Therefore, he has taken all of our sufferings on the cross. God responds at his time and in his own way. His answer is always the best for us. In his Holy Spirit, he has given us his biggest gift. He who gives the greatest gives also the little that we need.

From experience, I know that one of the most effective prayers is when we forget our material needs and pray for other people who do not know God or throw away his gifts.  One who only thinks of herself or himself remains small, and never grows in love. On the other hand, a person who thinks of others grows as a person and experience a genuine joy and happiness in life. Scripture says that those who want to keep their life will lose it, while those who sacrifice their lives will finally gain it. Prayer lifts us up when we engage in praise and thanksgiving even when we have difficulties in our lives. We as Christians are called to spread the word of God among old and new pagans where we live and for all of humanity. We can do this in different ways. We can pray for those in our neighborhood and our community. We can also provide financial support to missionaries working among pagans and lapsed Christians in other countries. God gives strength and power unto his people. God is our hope and our refuge. It is in him we receive value and glory. Therefore, it is extremely important that we use the perishable gifts that we receive in this world so we do not miss out on the imperishable. With Apostle Paul, we can say, “Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ"(Philippians 3:8).

 

Människans kunskap 23 sön under året 4 sept 2016

Mina vänner, idag har vi äran att fira vår församlings minnesdagen av invigningen. I detta hus har vi privilegium att tillbe Gud och söka hans ansikte som medlemmar i Kristi kropp. Här får vi kunskap om Gud och växer i vår tro på honom.

Guds ord har blivit en handelsvara på många platser. Vissa människor påstår att de har kunskap om Guds vilja. Somliga kallar sig för profeter som kan profitera om vad morgondagen för med sig. De hävdar att de kan tänka ut vad Herren vill. Guds ord säljs i kyrkor, på TV, i radio, tidningar och i massa andra kanaler. Många människor är hungriga och törstiga efter kunskap om sin framtid och söker den som har något att säga dem om detta. Kommersialisering av mirakel och under pågår för fullt runt om i världen. Fast att vi inte kan lösa de mänskliga problem som finns runt om oss hävdar vi att vi kan lösa de andliga. Vårt begränsade förnuft har inte kapacitet att lösa andliga problem. Liksom vår kroppsliga styrka är begränsad är vårt intellekt också begränsat. Zodiak (horoskop) symboler finns i de flesta tidningar även i Metro. Ändå låter Skriften oss veta att våra tankar och ord är otillräckliga och att våra beräkningar inte är att lita på.

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The Last Word, Christmas Day 2012

 

Friends, a Saviour is born for us. Today true peace has descended from heaven. God is the true light, Jesus Christ our Saviour shines in our world. We as Christians have received the most important and the most wonderful mission in the world: to be joyful messengers of God. This means that we should be prepared to defend our faith in Christ as the one who gives meaning to life and makes it worth living. This is a task we should perform with the greatest humility and love. This is why we hear today: “How beautiful on the mountains, are the feet of one who brings good news, who heralds peace, and brings happiness, and proclaims salvation…” Faith in Christ can never be reduced to attitudes and practices that are only tolerated in society as long as it serves political goals. The world is waiting and needs many messengers of joy in a world filled with bad news, war, strife, conflict, injustice, poverty and hunger. The failure of the international community in resolving conflicts around the globe repeatedly show that the world cannot save itself.

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to those he has chosen." With these words, angels announce the heavenly birth of Jesus to shepherds guarding their flocks. The evangelist Luke’s description of the birth of Jesus puts it into a historical context. Augustus was emperor and Quirinius was governor of Syria. It is a year for census for the sake taxation. Luke wants probably to show that it is possible to verify what he is writing about Jesus. It was not a myth or something that he had invented. Christmas is the celebration of Jesus' historical birth in Bethlehem. God becomes human so that humanity can share in the divinity of God. The angel carries a message to the world about a great joy, a joy to the whole world. The world is delivered from its darkness and enlightened by the light of heaven. The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light, their joy will be great. It is a light which the world cannot give.

God spoke to the world many times in many different ways in the past. But now at the end of time, he has spoken to us by his Son. We see that people seek satisfaction and longing for liberation. We are looking for satisfaction in all sorts of things. Most people who think they are okay, they can take care of themselves, and they have what they need do not seek a savior. This means that people are not open to the great joy Jesus brings. To share in the liberating message of Christmas, you must accept the invitation to live as the gospel proclaims. Only Jesus can satisfy the human person’s deepest longings. Sometimes it seems that our desire would be fulfilled only we get a little better off, we make a little success. But it does not take long before we are disappointed. Jesus came into the world to show us where to look and who to yearn for. Everything is really meaningless when God is no longer in the equation. Jesus is the reason we celebrate Christmas. Life has its meaning in him. Without him life and the world loses their meaning. Christmas without Christ is something else. One cannot reject God and holiness, without at the same time robbing life of its meaning.

The world's tragedy is that most people seem not to want to receive the light. The joy that Christ was born to give us the strength to live as we increasingly become one with him and put him in the center. Just this can free us from our illusions so that we can live in reality. It is through us that in this era is the Lord's hands, mouth and feet of their salvation be known. We as Christians have become the Lord's voice and through us he will also reveal His glory to the Gentiles eyes.

Christ is born of the Father before all time, and was born of Mary in Bethlehem to be born in your heart. The Word made flesh was in the beginning, was with God and was God. The word came to dispel the darkness of the world. The mystery of Christmas is not a reality outside of you. It is fulfilled if it becomes a reality in you. Mary's yes allowed the word become a reality in her. Something similar can happen to you if you say yes to the word. It can also become incarnate and born by you. There was no room for Mary and Joseph in the inn to give birth to baby Jesus. We can see that the birth of Jesus took place under the most difficult and challenging circumstances that any family could ever confront.  Is there a place for them in your life? The child in the manger has freed us from the abstract negative religion, practical atheism that has become a tyrannical measure, the normal rule of life that most people are forced to follow. People are forced to live by the new religion, which alone determines and compels all humanity. We who have received the word among us have received his freedom and can no longer walk in darkness. The word is God's last words to the world.

Christmas celebration challenges both the Church and the individual Christian: who is your savior? Have your saviour come, or are you waiting for someone else? Do Christians today invent a new saviour? It is either Jesus is our saviour or we are our own saviorus. Dear brothers and sisters, we already have a saviour in Jesus Christ (Mark 1:14 f). What we need in our time is to receive and put the Christian hope and joy into practical everyday perspective. The gospel is the gospel of Jesus Christ. This truth cannot be repeated often enough. While we recognize the good in human development, we must always put Christ at the center. The gospel has values ​​and standards that apply to all, even if it is not considered so by many. De-Christianization and dismissive attitude to Child Jesus is the real superstition and illusion that exists today.  It is from this, Jesus came to free us. Christian faith is faith in a person, Jesus Christ. It is not a diffuse, vague, arbitrary and syncretistic religious free-floating, without content and demands.

Joseph and Mary went to Nazareth in Galilee, to the city of David, to be enrolled. Mary was expecting a child. When they were there, it was time to give birth to their baby. They sought a shelter but there was no place for them. In simplicity their baby was born.  He is the light of the world. God's grace has become visible as a salvation for all people. Jesus' birth is an invitation to the world to say no to a godless life and the enticements of the world, to live piously in this time, while we wait for the blessed hope to be realized. Among the world's enticements include the kind of capitalism that makes people into slaves and democratic methods that claim to extend to all reality. This type of approach makes no difference between truth, goodness and democracy.

Friends, would you like to receive the great joy of Christmas?  Then you must accept Jesus as He is in simplicity. By accepting Jesus, you will discover the secret to experiencing freedom from sin, fear, anxiety, depression and loneliness, while you learn to walk on a deeper and more intimate relationship with the child in the manger, the word that was in the beginning, the word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1). From his fullness, we have received grace upon grace.  Let us thank and praise him that we have the honour to declare his peace, and bring forth a good message to the world. Yes, let us burst into song for a saviour is born to us, and the world shall see the salvation of our God. The time is now for us to always remember that we share in his divine nature. I pray and thank God for you that you welcome the Lord into your life.

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