• The Law of Love - Love is the only law we are to live by. read more

  • What marvels He has done! - In today’s Gospel it is a blind man, Bartimaeus, who becomes the first, besides the apostles, to recognize Jesus as the Messiah. read more
  • Baptized into His passion and death - The sons of Zebedee don’t know what they’re asking in today’s Gospel. They are thinking of ruling as the Gentiles rule, of royal privileges and honors. read more

  • Following God’s law - In today’s Gospel, the Pharisees try to trap Jesus with a trick question. read more

  • Servants of all In today’s First Reading, we can imagine ourselves with ears pressed to the wall, hearing the murderous grumblings of the elders, chief priests and scribes who last week Jesus predicted would torture and kill Him. read more

  • Following the Messiah - I n today’s Gospel, we reach a pivotal moment in our walk with the Lord. read more

  • He does all things well - The incident in today’s Gospel is recorded only by Mark. read more

  • Pure Religion - Today’s Gospel shows Jesus having authority to interpret God’s law. Jesus’ quotation from Isaiah is ironic. In observing the law, the Pharisees honor God by ensuring that nothing unclean passes their lips. read more

  • Making a choice - The readings this Sunday conclude a four-week meditation on the Eucharist. read more

  • Bread from Heaven - The journey of discipleship is a lifelong exodus from the slavery of sin and death to the holiness of truth on Mount Zion, the promised land of eternal life. read more

  • The Lord of the Sabbath - The first reading today speaks of the establishment of the Sabbath in the life of the Chosen People. read more

  • The hour comes - Our readings today are filled with anticipation. The days are coming, declares Jeremiah in the First Reading. read more

  • Listening to Him - Last week, Jesus announced the kingdom of God is at hand. read more

  • Loving God - Jesus came, not to abolish the Old Testament law, but to fulfill it. read more

  • The Lord of all - The Lord is King, as we sing in today’s Psalm. Governments rise and fall by His permission, with no authority but that given from above.  read more

  • Come to the banquet - The parable in today’s Gospel is a fairly straightforward outline of salvation history. read more

  • The Lord’s Vineyard - In today’s Gospel Jesus returns to the Old Testament symbol of the vineyard to teach about Israel, the Church, and the kingdom of God. read more

  • Christ the Sower - Today’s readings ask us to meditate on Israel’s, and our own, response to God’s Word. Why do some hear the word of the kingdom, yet fail to accept it as a call to conversion and faith in Jesus? read more

  • The Shepherd’s call - Easter's empty tomb is a call to conversion. read more

  • Christ is Risen! Alleluia! - In our world today, filled as it is with death, insane cruelties and evil, Christians on this Easter Sunday fill their hearts and minds with God’s greatest gift, namely, that evil’s worst is being and will be quashed. read more

  • It is finished - “All this has come to pass that the writings of the prophets may be fulfilled,” Jesus says in today's Gospel. read more

  • Our Shepherd King - God's ways of seeing are not our ways, we hear in today's First Reading. Jesus illustrates this in the Gospel, as the blind man comes to see and the Pharisees are made blind. read more

  • God’s call - Today's Gospel portrays Jesus as a new and greater Moses. read more

  • A greater grace - In today's Liturgy, the destiny of the human race is told as the tale of two "types" of men: the first man, Adam, and the new Adam, Jesus. read more

  • Trusting in His love  - We are by nature prone to be anxious and troubled about many things. In today’s Gospel, Jesus confronts us with our most common fears. read more

  • To love like Jesus - We are called to the holiness of God. That is the claim made in both the First Reading and Gospel this Sunday. read more

  • Our anointed King - E ach week the Liturgy has been preparing us for the revelation to be made on this last Sunday of the Church year: Jesus is truly the Chosen One, the Messiah of God, the King of Jews. read more

  • The Righteous Judge - Jesus draws a blunt picture in today's Gospel. The Pharisee's prayer is almost a parody of the thanksgiving psalms (see for example Ps.30,118).read more

  • Seeking the kingdom - Trust in God as the Rock of our salvation, as the Lord who made us His chosen people, as our shepherd and guide. This should be the mark of our following of Jesus. read more

  • When we welcome Him -God wants to dwell with each of us personally, intimately, just as the mysterious guests once visited Abraham's tent, and as Jesus once entered the home of Mary and Martha. read more

  • What we must do - We are to love God and our neighbor with all the strength of our being, as the lawyer answers Jesus in this week’s Gospel. This command is nothing remote or mysterious. read more

  • With an expectant faith - In today’s Gospel account we see that here in the centurion is a foreigner who understands better than Jesus’ own how far Jesus' authority extends.read more

  • I will send Him to you - The readings for the Ascension of the Lord predict the coming of the Age of the Holy Spirit. read more

  • His people, the sheep of His flock. - By the Word of God that Paul and Barnabas preach in today's First Reading, a new covenant people is being born, a people who glorify the God of Israel as the Father of them all. read more

  • Feed my sheep - Before His own death, Jesus had warned the Apostles that they would be hated as He was hated, that they would suffer as He suffered. We see the beginnings of that persecution in today's First Reading. read more

  • Our liberation is at hand - Every Advent, the Liturgy of the Word gives our sense of time a reorientation. There’s a deliberate tension between promise and fulfillment, expectation and deliverance, between looking forward and looking back. read more

  • He is the King of Kings - What is the truth Jesus comes to bear witness to in this last Gospel of the Church’s year? It is the truth that in Jesus, read more

  • The Cup of Salvation - The sons of Zebedee don’t know what they’re asking in today’s Gospel. They are thinking in terms of earthly rule, of royal privileges and honors. read more

  • Leave everything and follow Him. The rich young man in today’s Gospel wanted to know what we all want to know: how to live in this life so that we might live forever in the world to come. read more

  • The family of God - In today’s Gospel, the Pharisees try to trap Jesus with a trick question. The “lawfulness” of divorce in Israel was never at issue. Moses had long ago allowed it. read more

  • Take up the Cross and follow Him - In today's Gospel, we reach a pivotal moment in our walk with the Lord. After listening to His words and witnessing His deeds, along with the disciples we're asked to decide who Jesus truly is. read more

  • The perfect law - Today's Gospel shows Jesus as having authority to interpret God's law. Jesus' quotation from Isaiah shows that in observing the law,  read more

  • Our time to choose - The twelve apostles in today's Gospel are asked to make a choice - either to believe and accept the new covenant He offers in His body and blood, or return to their former ways of life. read more

  • Partake of Wisdom’s Feast - We hear in today's First Reading that the Wisdom of God has prepared a feast. We must become like children to hear and accept this invitation. read more

  • Get up and eat - Sometimes we feel like Elijah in today's First Reading. We want to lie down and die, keenly aware of our failures. We
    seem to be getting no better at doing what God wants of us. read more

  • The Bread of Life - The journey of discipleship is a life-long exodus from the slavery of sin and death to the holiness of truth in the promised land of eternal life. The road can get rough. read more

  • Our Lord who feeds us - Today's liturgy brings together several strands of Old Testament expectation to reveal Jesus as Israel's promised Messiah and King, the Lord who comes to feed His people. read more

  • Our Mission as Church - In commissioning the apostles in today's Gospel, Jesus gives us a preview of His Church's mission after the resurrection. read more

  • The Lord who gives life - We hear in today's First Reading that God, who formed us in His imperishable image, did not intend for us to die. read more

  • The Lord of the storm - Do you not yet have faith? Our Lord's question in today's Gospel frames the Sunday liturgies for the remainder of the year. read more

  • The Tree of Righteousness - Long before the Lord’s coming, Ezekiel glimpsed a day when the Lord would place a tree on a mountain in Israel, a tree that would “put forth branches and bear fruit.” read more

  • Freedom in doing His will - The great challenge for man was and is to overcome his limits, to go beyond his creaturely condition, in other words to be a "little god" for himself and for others. Scripture warns us that this is a utopia, a temptation. read more

  • A New Wind - The giving of the Spirit to the new people of God crowns the mighty acts of the Father in salvation history. read more

  • Witnesses for Christ - In today’s first reading, St. Luke gives the news that the story did not end with the empty tomb, or with Jesus’ appearances over the course of forty days: Jesus the great high priest had still to ascend to the true Holy of Holies in the heavenly Jerusalem. read more

  • God is Love - God is love, and He revealed that love in sending His only Son to be a sacrificial offering for our sins. In these words from
    today’s Epistle, we should hear an echo of the story of Abraham’s offering of Isaac at the dawn of salvation history. read more

  • We must root ourselves in Him - In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us that He is the true vine, the source of divine life and wisdom for the nations. In baptism, each of us was joined to Him by the Holy Spirit. read more

  • He is our Shepherd - Jesus, in today’s Gospel, says that He is the good shepherd the prophets had promised to Israel. read more

  • He is with us always - Today’s Gospel tells about the disciples who were not in the Upper Room but walking dejectedly from Jerusalem to a nearby hamlet called Emmaus and Jesus’ appearance among them. read more

  • A marvel in our eyes - Three times in today’s Psalm we cry out a victory shout: “His mercy endures forever.” Truly we’ve known the everlasting love of God, who has come to us as our Savior. read more

  • Christ is Risen! Alleluia! - In our world today, filled as it is with death, insane cruelties and evil, Christians on this Easter Sunday fill their hearts and minds with God’s greatest gift, namely, that evil’s worst is being and will be quashed. read more

  • Every tongue will confess Him Lord! - A s we hear the long accounts of His passion, at every turn we must remind ourselves - Jesus suffered this cruel and unusual violence for us. He is the Suffering Servant foretold by Isaiah in today’s First Reading. read more

  • He will draw all men to Himself. - Our readings today are filled with anticipation. The days are coming, Jeremiah prophesies in the First Reading. The hour has come, Jesus says in the Gospel. The new covenant that God promised to Jeremiah is made in the “hour” of Jesus - in His death, resurrection, and ascension to the Father’s right hand. read more

  • God’s great love for us - Today is Laetare Sunday, from the Entrance Antiphon which begins with the word “Rejoice” (Laetare). What is the cause for this rejoicing? read more

  • God’s Wisdom - Jesus, knowing that the end was drawing near, ‘resolutely looked toward Jerusalem’. For all faithful Israelites, the journey to Jerusalem was a journey to the Temple. It was the place of God’s presence. read more

  • Loosed from Death to Serve. - The testing of Abraham echoes a brutal age in which the sacrifice of children was not uncommon. The people of old Israel were taught to sacrifice an animal in place of their offspring to turn them away from this horrendous practice. read more

  • Made Clean - As have the gospels over the past few Sundays, today’s gospel focuses on Jesus’ identity. Mark is once again
    presenting us with the question: “Who is this Jesus?” read more

  • Raised to serve - In today’s First Reading, Job describes the perceived futility of life: men and women are like slaves seeking shade, unable to find rest. His lament reminds us of the curse of toil and death placed upon Adam following his original sin. read more

  • The Son of the Living God. - In today’s Gospel reading, Mark’s focus, as in his entire Gospel, is on the question “Who is Jesus Christ?” read more

  • Answering God’s Call - Today’s readings shed light on our own calling to be followers of Christ. In the Gospel, John’s disciples are prepared to hear God’s call. read more

  • A model for our families. - The first two readings for today narrate the family story of Abraham and Sarah, of God's promise and of the fulfillment of that promise. read more

  • May His will be done - The Fourth Sunday of Advent belongs to Mary. This is so because the celebration of the birth of Jesus of necessity involves the motherhood of Mary. read more

  • We are Church. - Why commemorate a church dedication that happened in fourth century Rome? First, because St. John Lateran is no ordinary church - it is the cathedral church of the Pope and still known as “the mother of all the world’s churches.” read more

  • The Power of Prayer - Why do we pray for our deceased loved ones? Why do we have funeral services? read more

  • We find our lives in losing them. - Today’s First Reading catches the prophet Jeremiah in a moment of weakness. His lamentation contains some of the strongest language of doubt found in the Bible. read more

  • Let us seek after and share the Bread of Life. - We hear in the First Reading God’s divine invitation. Does it mean anything to us? We need to ask ourselves: “What sort of food is feeding us?" read more

  • Learn from Him who is meek and humble of heart. - This Sunday's gospel is exceedingly rich in meaning. read more

  • He will never fail us. - Jesus, who was human as well as divine, knew that some of us need to be reminded again and again and again not to worry. In today’s Gospel we hear Jesus saying, “Do not be afraid.” read more

  • Let us trust the Word of God - Jesus knew His disciples were unhappy at the prospect of His leaving them. read more

  • Let us walk with Him every day - The disciples walking on the road to Emmaus were upset because they had thought Jesus was the Messiah that God had sent, and look what had happened! read more

  • We walk by faith and trust in Him - The New Testament has 'double-crossing' Judas and 'doubting Thomas'. The first disciples were nothing if not a motley crew and, as we all know, the Church is made up of the good, the bad and the mediocre. read more

  • “Alleluia! The Lord is risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!” - Today we can again sing the "Alleluia" which we have not sung all through Lent. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad. Why do we rejoice today? read more

  • Let us Love our Enemies - We are called to the holiness of God. That is the extraordinary claim made in both the First Reading and Gospel this Sunday. Yet how is possible that we can be perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect? read more

  • You are the salt of the earth- Oh, she is the salt of the earth, we often say when we are referring to a person who is straightforward, honest and without guile. In the words of another saying, 'what you see is what you get'. read more

  • Born Again Of The Spirit. - Today, as the season of Advent and Christmastide comes to a close, we consider an incident which may have caused embarrassment in some quarters of the early Church: Jesus' baptism in the Jordan river. read more

  • Let the message of Christ find a home with your family - A s we celebrate The Holy Family - Jesus, Mary and Joseph, we reflect on what it is to be a family. The family is the basic unit of society and the Church. It is in the family that we first learn to communicate, that we learn what is good and bad. read more

  • Obedience to God’s will. - Marriage in Israel took place in stages. There was engagement, betrothal and then the marriage. The betrothal was the point when the engagement became legal. read more

  • Happy the man who does not lose faith - Waiting can be a time of soul-searching. Today’s liturgy invites us to ask whether we are ready to hear the call of the Saviour, whose coming we are preparing to celebrate. read more

  • Repent and be Saved - Perhaps people of every age have struggled with the stern and somewhat harsh message of John the Baptist. Living and preaching in the wilderness, dressed in rough clothing woven from camel hair and eating locusts and wild honey was pretty strange even then! read more

  • The Triumph of God - To many people the end of the world is tragic. Christianity, however, thinks otherwise. It is not an end but rather a beginning - an event not to be afraid of. read more

  • He is the God of the living. In Jesus' day there were two dominant groups within Jewish society, the Pharisees and the Sadducees. Jesus crossed swords with both. Today it is the Sadducees who confront the Lord. read more

  • He comes to dwell with sinners. Today's story is unique to Luke's Gospel. Zacchaeus was probably responsible for a tax district, with other tax collectors reporting to him. read more

  • The Lord Of The Oppressed All three readings of today’s liturgy point to issues of social justice. In an age in which self- interest and individualism often call the tune, we Christians must not neglect these issues. Our world is far more complex than that of Amos the prophet. read more

  • WHICH SIDE ARE YOU LEANING ON? One of the most faithful members of a Church was also the most unlikely for the role. The man was deaf and mute. He had never heard a single note of music nor a single syllable from the Pastor's lips. He had never responded audibly to anything.. read more

  • ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF PRAYER - If prayer is to change anything at all, it is to change our minds, to change our attitudes, to change the way we live. Genuine prayer puts us at God’s disposal. It allows us to see what God dreamed we could be when He created us in the first place. read more

  • CHRIST OUR PEACE - During the time of my public ministry, I commissioned not only my apostles but also my disciples, to go and heal the sick and to deliver those affected by evil spirits, to give joy to those who suffered, to give hope to those in despair, to bring light to those in darkness and to proclaim my message. read more

  • WHO DO YOU THINK THAT I AM? Excerpts www.theworkofgod.org
    I am who I am, the beginning and the end, the Alpha and the Omega, the One who was, the One who is and will be forever. read more

    Pope Francis has urged us not to be afraid of tenderness. We meet this beautiful quality in today's reading from Luke's Gospel. What could be more heart breaking than to witness the tears of a mother (a widow) mourning the loss of her only son! read more

  • BUT WHEN HE, THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH, COMES, HE WILL TEACH YOU ALL TRUTH. God cannot be totally understood with the human mind, therefore I am the revelation of God the Father and I am also God the Son, we have sent the Holy Spirit to be our witness too. read more


    Having listened to the accounts of the appearances of the risen Jesus in the Gospel of John, we now consider some of the words of Jesus from earlier in the gospel, which richly illustrate his mission and identity. read more


    Compassion and love is the root to feeding the sheep. Sure you can fill people heads full of sermons and flowering speeches I
    big buildings. But wait. Stop! Open up the church doors, and it’s windows. What do you see, what do you hear? read more

  • JESUS IS THE LORD OF ALL Rejoice! It is the will of God that we all experience spiritual hunger for the Divine presence of the Lord Jesus. read more


    Today is Palm Sunday. It is the day that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey while on His way to Calvary. The people, excited and hoping that He would become their King began to shout, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” (Matthew 21:9).  read more


    Life is tough, especially in this modern time when everything seems to be more demanding and society has higher
    expectations. People are expected to have better education, careers, and achievements.read more


    “This is my Son, my Chosen, listen to him” (Luke 9:35). This was all the confirmation they needed. Jesus was indeed the expected one. Heaven itself had borne witness. Now they would listen to him and follow him all the way to the shameful suffering and death in Jerusalem. But no matter what happened they are now sure of one thing: God is on the side of Jesus; final victory will definitely be his. read more


    Lent means a time of reflection and a time of re-evaluating the quality and direction of our lives. A time for reconsidering our priorities both as Christians and human beings. A time to re-affirm our conviction of the equal dignity of every single human person. read more


    Christ was not influenced in his judgment by external, accidental qualifications. He judged the heart and the will. He knew the true worth of men. Furthermore, the society that he was about to set up was not a worldly business concern but a free transport system to heaven. The truths he was committing to its keeping were not based on earthly wisdom which would require eloquence and prestige to bolster them up. They were the eternal, divine truths which needed no human propaganda, no help from mere men.read more


    THE FEAST OF LIGHT - “Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has
    risen upon you” (Is 60:1).
    The wise men followed the star. Through the language of creation, they discovered the God of history. read more

  • Our Mission Party - Fr. Charles Irvin (excerpt)
    Back in the late 1800’s John Henry Cardinal Newman was an Anglican priest who later became a Catholic priest and
    was later made a Cardinal of the Church by Pope Leo XIII. Early in his journey through life Newman wrestled with the question of what God was doing with his life. read more

    In the Gospel of Mark, this always tells us that somethingimportant is going to be said. “This poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury…. She from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.” And this ties us in with the widow in the first reading today. Both widows have given, mindless of themselves and their needs, and in so doing have shown their great love for God, their great trust in God. And they did it expecting no rewards.read more

    In the Gospel reading (Mark 10:35-45) Jesus summons the Twelve to follow this way of sacrifice and service if they truly wish to be his disciples. read more

    Many are deceived with the concept they have about themselves, they think that they are very well before God. I call them to humility, in which the concept that really matters is the one I have of you. read more

    Jesus poses some probing questions to challenge our assumptions about what is most profitable and worthwhile. In every decision of life we are making ourselves a cer tain kind of person. read more

    When God calls someone to a specific mission, it is often times connected with a sense of joy, fulfillment and peace. But once we decide to follow Christ, the journey only begins and Jesus doesn’t always correspond to our plans. As disciples of Jesus, we have to be ready for all kinds of surprises. read more

    A new school year, a new beginning. Whether our children are just starting kindergarten, entering high school, or leaving the nest for college or university, our hearts and hopes go with them. I invite you to bless your child with the above prayer as he or she goes out to face the world. read more

    HARD CHOICES “Decide today whom you will serve” (Jos 24:15)

    The commitment to be bound to another person for life is never made once and for all, but must be renewed again and again. This is true not only of our commitments to one another, but also of our commitment to God through Jesus. read more

    If the Eucharist fails to mean what it should for many Catholics, and if some, perhaps without realizing it, don’t really believe what the Church believes about it, it may be because we haven’t made faith visible. read more

    Is there anything too wonderful for God? Is there anything impossible for me who am life? Is there anything impossible for me, Jesus Christ, the Word of God that created everything that exists?read more

    A s members of the body of Christ, we are endowed with a prophetic calling. We are to proclaim and to show that the barrenness of creation has been filled with life. read more

  • Vision 2020 - Disciples on Mission
    Christian, a new man, is someone who maintains a healthy balance between dependence on God and human freedom. read more

  • Vision 2020 - Disciples on Mission
    As a welcoming faith community, centered in the Eucharist and guided by the Holy Spirit to do God’s will, we seek to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ by being good stewards of God’s gifts and blessings, thus giving glory and praise to Him. read more

  • Vision 2020 - Disciples on Mission
    During this Sunday Eucharist, let us ask Mary, who was there, present at the coming of the Spirit, to open our heart so much that it will be able to receive all the gifts of the Spirit that the Father would like to grant us through his Son Jesus on this great day of Pentecost 2012. read more

  • Vision 2020 - Disciples on Mission
    After the glory of the resurrection, I stayed for a while on earth to strengthen the faith of my apostles so that they could begin the work of my Church. read more

  • Vision 2020 - Disciples on Mission
    I , Jesus, the Son of God, am the Son of the Love of God. My Father loves me with the perfection of His love, so much did He love the world that He has sent me, so that everyone who listens to my word and believes in me, may have everlasting
    life. read more

  • Vision 2020 - Disciples on Mission
    “For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many”. Mark 10:45

    The Spirit is like the soul that unites the whole living organism of Christ. read more

  • Our Easter Journey of Faith
    In the early days after the resurrection, we see that Jesus’ disciples really struggled to come to terms with His death.  read more

  • Glory and kingship be His forever and ever!!!
    The resurrection from the dead was an incredible matter for everyone until my resurrection. read more

    Fr Terry Tastard (Exerts) p sychologists tell us that we come to terms with trauma in our lives by playing it over and over again in our minds. We see it from different perspectives. We think how we might have reacted differently at the time and in this way, slowly, the trauma has less and less hold on us. read more

    I called my body a temple, because this is what the body is, the temple of the spirit of God. If you could be more aware of your spirit, you could be inspired to understand that you have to be zealous of that temple in which your spirit dwells. read more

    I invited my three closest apostles to come with me to the mountain to pray. It was there that I was transfigured. read more

    Beginning 40 days before Easter, Lent has traditionally been a time of looking inward, a time of self-evaluation and self-examination in order to identify one’s sins and go through a process of repentance and renewal. read more

    Do you know the healing power of forgiveness? Jesus' treatment of sinners upset the religious teachers of the day. When a cripple was brought to Jesus because of the faith of his friends, Jesus did the unthinkable. He first forgave the man his sins. The scribes regarded this as blasphemy because they understood that only God had authority to forgive sins and to unbind a man from his burden of guilt. read more

  • What’s striking about today’s Gospel, is how this leper approaches Jesus. First the passage says, the leper kneels down. Kneeling down is a sign of humility. It’s a sign of submission. This is why we kneel during the consecration prayers at Mass. At the time when Jesus physically comes upon the altar, we greet him with our humility. We greet him with our willingness to submit to him. That’s why kneeling is such a significant gesture in the liturgy. read more

    We see in the busy-ness of Jesus. “In the morning, long before dawn, he got up and left the house, and went off to a lonely place and prayed there.” Jesus spends quality me-time with God. It is time to relive his Abbaexperience (Mk 1:11). read more

    Christ’s teaching is acceptable only through the gift of faith. No amount of human reasoning, even by the brightest of minds, equals a humble act of faith by the simplest of souls. Christ offers the gift of faith which “comes by hearing,” as St. Paul says. Christ did not only merit for us the theological virtue of faith and the other virtues and gifts, he also obtains them for us and produces them in us – if we so choose. read more

  • He is still calling folks! He is calling men to come to Himself for salvation. He is calling them to come to Him for service. Friend, He is calling! I wonder if the Lord is calling you for something this morning? The verses that we have read today reveal something about this matter of the Lord’s call. In fact, there are several marks that are revealed in these verses concerning the call of the Lord. I want to examine these marks this morning. Let us do so, so that when He calls, you will know that it is Him! read more

  • In the Gospel passage, nothing really happens, does it? No miracles or lofty discourses. No births, deaths or marriages. Just a few, quite brief, personal encounters: though memorable enough for John – one of the two who followed the passer-by pointed out by the Baptist – to recall as an old man that "it was about four in the afternoon" when he first met Jesus. For the first disciples, it was a true epiphany: "We have found the Messiah". read more
  • The Feast of the EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST is one of the oldest Christian feasts, though, throughout the centuries, it has celebrated a variety of things. Epiphany comes from a Greek verb meaning "to reveal," and all of the various events celebrated by the Feast of the Epiphany are revelations of Christ to man. Like many of the most ancient Christian feasts, Epiphany was first celebrated in the East, where it has been held from the beginning almost universally on January 6. read more
  • Happy New Year 2012 - The word of the prophet Isaiah are extremely relevant as we look forward to the new year 2012 with all the uncertainties, challenges and opportunities as we continue on our onward journey as “Disciples On Mission.” No matter what the challenges may be, God is ever near and dear to us, ever ready to console us. We need only to be receptive to his loving presence. These challenges are meant to bring us closer to God. We need therefore to be grounded in God, so as to be “confident and unafraid.” read more
  • 4th Sunday of Advent - This Sunday we are reminded that a young teenager called Mary became the mother of Jesus. She was probably quite poor and she was unmarried and therefore extremely vulnerable. However when she realises that she is to be the mother of God she explodes into praise and not despair.  read more
  • Today is the Third Sunday of Advent - also known as Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete is a Latin word meaning "rejoice." A famous preacher was trying to teach his students to make their facial expressions harmonize with what they are speaking about. read more
    I f a liturgical season were to have a patron saint, John the Baptist would be the patron of Advent. When John began his ministry there had been for centuries no prophets to speak God’s word to the people of Israel. read more
    For the Christian everything begins with Christ’s coming, the whole passionate adventure is set in motion. Again. How fortunate we are, constantly given the opportunity to begin over again! To relive the richest, most meaningladen moments of humankind’s and each one’s own personal history. This is the opportunity the liturgical representation of the mysteries of Christ affords each one of us. read more
    We, the people of God rejoice this Sunday in God’s Love. We hear Ezekiel’s prophecy hundreds of years ago, and we know it is the truth: “the lost I will seek out, the strayed I will bring back, the injured I will bind up, the sick I will heal… read more
  • Continued from last issues - Oct 23, 30 & Nov 6.
    77 Graces and Fruits to be Derived From Devout Attendance at Holy Mass
    As we continue these SEVENTY SEVEN graces received when attending Mass let us pray that God will open our eyes, our minds and our hearts that we may have the zeal to pursue a better understanding of the Sacrifice of the Mass.read more
    T he fire of God comes from within and no one can give it to us. We must take responsibility for the power of God within and not expect that some one can give us God. We can be pointed in the right direction but each person must choose to embrace God or not. Each person must fill his or her own oil; no one else can do it for us. read more
    W orld Mission Sunday, organized by the Propagation of the Faith, is a day set aside for Catholics worldwide to recommit themselves to the Church's missionary activity through prayer and sacrifice. In 2011, World Mission Sunday is celebrated on October 23.

    Annually, World Mission Sunday is celebrated on the next-to-last Sunday in October. As described by Pope John Paul II, World Mission Sunday is "an important day in the life of the Church because it teaches how to give: as an offering made to God, in the Eucharistic celebration and for all the missions of the world" read more
    The Holy Eucharist is the Bread that comes from our Heavenly Mother. It is Bread produced by Mary from the flour of Her immaculate flesh, kneaded into dough with her virginal milk." St. Augustine wrote: "Jesus took His Flesh from the flesh of Mary. We know, that united to the Divinity in the Eucharist there is Jesus' Sacred Body and Precious Blood taken from the body and blood of the Blessed Virgin." read more
    We hear many different voices pulling us in many directions and, after a while, we’re no longer sure who we are, what we believe in, or what will bring us life. Different voices tell us different things and each voice seems to carry its own truth. On the one hand, there’s a powerful voice beckoning us towards self-sacrifice, selfrenunciation, altruism, heroism, telling us that happiness lies in giving life away, that selfishness will make us unhappy, and that we will only be ourselves when we are bighearted, generous, and put the needs of
    others before our own. Deep down, we all know the truth of that – it’s Jesus’ voice telling us that there is no greater love, nor
    no greater meaning, than to lay down one’s life for others. St. Francis of Assisi was right; we only receive by giving. And so we
    admire people who live that out and we feed our souls and those of our children with stories of heroism, selflessness, and bignessof-
    heart. read more
    If we seek God, we will find him,inevitably! Let us get to work! Whatare we waiting for? For death toovertake us? By then it will be too
    late... So let us begin! Let us pray tothe Lord! He will give us his grace andhis Holy Spirit, and then we will notneed to be afraid of hearing the Lordhimself say: "My thoughts are not yourthoughts, neither are your ways myways." (Is 55:8) read more
    Today's Sacred Words of God echo many Bible passages that are commonly known. [Mt. 12:28-34] The first passage from the
    Scriptures states, "For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get." [Mt. 7:2] While this passage speaks of how some judge others without noticing the log in their own eyes, it holds another spiritual meaning. It speaks of tolerance, allowing freedom, being indifferent to the sins of others. The measure by which we give, we will receive. If we are indifferent to the sins of others, therefore giving approval of such sins, we are just as guilty of the sins of the sinners as if we had committed them ourselves. Our silence condemns us! read more
    Therefore put on the armor of God that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground. So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace. In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all (the) flaming arrows of the evil one. And take helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”-Ephesians 6:13-18 read more
    The encounter in today’s Gospel between the pagan woman whom Matthew calls a Canaanite and Jesus is remarkable in many respects. Only twice in the Gospels does Jesus leave Jewish territory. This is one of those two occasions when Jesus crosses into the
    region of Tyre and Sidon, present-day southern Lebanon. He is escaping from his opponents who are exasperated at the way he allows his disciples to break with the tradition of the Jewish elders, ignoring the laws about the clean and the unclean. read more

    Gospel Summary
    In today’s Gospel, Jesus encourages us to take love to a new level. Rather than hate our enemies or be angry with those who have hurt us, he tells us to love them. We can show our love by some action, or by praying for them; but most importantly, Jesus reminds us that this is the very love that God has for us. Our aim is to mirror that love.

    Reflection for Families
    Jesus tells us how to resolve our problems using love instead of violence. When someone hurts us, it is tempting to hurt them right back; but Jesus gives us another plan. It is a plan that is as unusual for our time as it was for the people of Jesus’ time. He said to love the person who hurts us. Love our enemies. We know our friends and understand them. read more

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