Behold I stand at the door and knock...

Behold I stand at the door and knock...

"Behold I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him..." (Revelation 3:20) A collection of my Sunday homilies for Holy Mass as well as some occasional talks and reflections. May my words enable you to hear the voice of Christ, who asks that you open the door to Him. Please share this podcast with others and you can always contact me with questions or comments at frpchandler@armidale.catholic.org.au

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May 14, 2022 8 min

Today’s reading from the Gospel of St John contains a poignant moment of betrayal alongside tender instruction. The evil of the deed of Judas is in contrast to the impending glory of the Passion. We are also presented with the impending glory of the Second Coming of Christ.

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Taking up the discussion once more about the recent practice of receiving Holy Communion in the Hand, this episode looks at some of the evidence we have about what was done in the early centuries of the Church and asks the question as to whether this is a convincing argument in favour of Communion in the Hand.

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May 7, 2022 9 min

The Fourth Sunday of Easter focuses upon the instructions of Jesus about His being the Good Shepherd.
It is also World Day of Prayer for Vocations since we pray for  more young men and women to follow the Good Shepherd in those states of life that show to the whole Church, and to the world, the very essence of the vocation given to all of us through Holy Baptism. We pray particularly for generous young men to answer the call of the ...

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April 30, 2022 8 min

The reading from the Apocalypse (Revelation) turns our attention to the liturgy in heaven; that eternal act of praise and worship that is the everlasting bliss of life with God in heaven. Through divine institution, the sacred liturgy here on earth derives its existence, its purpose , and its structure from this heavenly liturgy. Surely, this is something which we must consider each time we go to Holy Mass. All of heaven is watchin...

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April 24, 2022 6 min

ANZAC Day is a day of patriotism as well as praying for the souls of those Australians who have died in war, whether military or civilian. We pray also for peace in our world, which is once more troubled by war and the threat of war.

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April 23, 2022 8 min

Divine Mercy Sunday brings to our attention the wounded side of our Saviour from which blood and water flowed as well as His Risen Body, which He shows dramatically to the Apostles in today's Gospel. The message of Divine Mercy is profound yet simple, timely and everlasting.

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April 16, 2022 8 min

Happy Easter Day!!
The Lord is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

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April 15, 2022 11 min

There is a link between the Cenacle, the place of the institution of the Eucharist,  and Calvary. It is a connection not accidental but deliberate by Our Lord. Once we see the connection our appreciation of Holy Mass is deepened.

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April 14, 2022 10 min

Maundy or Holy Thursday begins the Sacred Paschal Triduum through which we enter into the great Paschal Mystery of Christ's passion, death and resurrection. Today also concludes the Season of Lent. The sacred liturgy of this evening has many wondrous aspects worthy of our attention.

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April 9, 2022 11 min

Passion/Palm Sunday begins Holy Week which leads us by gradual and solemn steps, which are somewhat difficult and painful, towards the commemoration of Our Lord's Paschal Mystery, His passion, death and resurrection.
May Holy Week be for you a time of entering into the sufferings of our Saviour, consoling Him and accompanying Him because He has done everything for us.

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April 2, 2022 8 min

The woman caught in adultery is a poignant story. There is injustice, revenge, and point-scoring mixed also with forgiveness, contrition and conversion. What a fruitful gospel episode for reflection and meditation in these last two weeks of Lent, which traditionally are called Passiontide.

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March 26, 2022 10 min

The famous and beautiful story of the prodigal son is the Gospel reading of today's Holy Mass on this 4th Sunday of Lent, Laetare Sunday.
Laetare is Latin for rejoice and this Sunday has that name because the word laetare appears in the Entrance Antiphon of Mass. But isn't it also right that we should rejoice that God the Father through Christ has shown us such love and mercy, and does so time and time again to forgive our s...

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March 23, 2022 16 min

Have you wondered how the practice of receiving Holy Communion in the hand came about?
Well, let me give you a brief overview of how this came about during those tumultuous and troubled years of the 1960's. You can make up your own mind from the evidence.

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March 19, 2022 8 min

Repentance is a key word and message from Our Lord in today's gospel.
Repentance can be sudden and it is called conversion, like on the death bed. But far better is the conversion, or reversion to lost faith, that is lived out in good and holy living in this life and thereby honouring God who gives the gift of Faith and who, in Christ, has gained for us eternal salvation.

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March 12, 2022 10 min

The Transfiguration of the Lord is a marvellous and moving incident in the life of Christ. We must be grateful that it was remembered and written down for our consolation and our instruction. There is so much to be considered and reflected upon but it has something to say about why we stay in the Church and why many walk away.

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March 5, 2022 9 min

The First Sunday of Lent presents to us once more the temptations of Christ by the Devil in the desert, towards the end of the forty long days that Our Lord spent in the wilderness. His forty days gives us the model for our forty days of Lent, with its trials and testing, its penance, prayer and almsgiving. Also, His victory over Satan gives us confidence for every temptation and trial that comes our way.

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February 26, 2022 9 min

Lent begins this week on Ash Wednesday.
The Scripture readings of this Sunday's Mass, particularly the Epistle, help to turn our minds to the inner dispositions that must be present as we live our lives in such a way that we will die well.

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February 19, 2022 8 min

The command to love our enemies and to turn the other cheek that we find in Luke 6:27-38 is hard, some would say impossibly hard.
But as we examine Our Lord's words, and consider the example of David from the first book of Samuel, we begin to see not only is it possible but that this form of love elevates and completes our own humanity.

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February 12, 2022 7 min

Each of us is engaged in spiritual warfare!
It's not only the inner battle that we face every day to resist temptation and not to sin. It is also the struggle against the world and its ways, that are directed away from or against God. We are not alone in this battle. We have on our side our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, His Blessed Mother and St Joseph, our holy guardian angel, and all the saints of Heaven. We are part of a po...

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February 5, 2022 8 min

"Leave me Lord, I am a sinful man."
The words of St Peter are such an honest declaration of unworthiness. They are met, not by agreement from Christ, but by a commission to be an apostle, and the first of the apostles, at that. Weakness, declared to our Lord and Saviour, can be an opening towards conversion and mission.

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