The Law of Love - Love is the only law
we are to live by.
- 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.
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
Following God’s law - In today’s Gospel,
the Pharisees try to trap Jesus with a trick
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.
Following the Messiah - I n today’s Gospel,
we reach a pivotal moment in our walk with the
He does all things well - The incident in
today’s Gospel is recorded only by Mark.
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.
Making a choice - The readings this
Sunday conclude a four-week meditation on the
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
The Lord of the Sabbath - The first reading today speaks of the
establishment of the Sabbath in the life of the
The hour comes - Our
readings today are filled with anticipation. The
days are coming, declares Jeremiah in the First
Listening to Him - Last week, Jesus
announced the kingdom of God is at hand.
Loving God - Jesus came,
not to abolish the Old Testament law, but to
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
Come to the banquet - The parable in today’s Gospel is a fairly
straightforward outline of salvation history.
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.
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?
The Shepherd’s call - Easter's empty tomb is a call to conversion.
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.
It is finished - “All this has come to
pass that the writings of the prophets may be
fulfilled,” Jesus says in today's Gospel.
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.
God’s call - Today's Gospel portrays
Jesus as a new and greater Moses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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,
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.
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.
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
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
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
He is our Shepherd - Jesus, in today’s
Gospel, says that He is the good shepherd the prophets had promised to Israel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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?”
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
The Power of Prayer - Why do we pray for
our deceased loved ones? Why do we have funeral
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.
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
Learn from Him who is meek and humble of
heart. - This Sunday's gospel is exceedingly
rich in meaning.
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.”
Let us trust the Word of God - Jesus knew
His disciples were unhappy at the prospect of
His leaving them.
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!
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.
“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?
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
WHO RESTORES US TO LIFE”
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
witness the tears of a mother (a widow) mourning the loss of her only son!
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.
THE SHEEP THAT BELONG TO ME LISTEN TO MY VOICE
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.
IT IS THE LORD
DO YOU LOVE ME: LOOK AFTER MY SHEEP
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?
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.
ON EARTH THE APPLAUSE WILL NEVER LAST, BUT IN
HEAVEN THE APPLAUSE WILL NEVER STOP.
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).
SET YOUR HEART ON HIS KINGDOM
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
LORD, THAT WE MAY SEE
“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.
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.
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
EPHIPHANY OF THE LORD
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.
Our Mission Party - Fr. Charles Irvin
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
THIRTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME - CYCLE B
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
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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.
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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.
WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT INVESTMENT YOU CAN MAKE WITH YOUR LIFE?
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.
WHO DO YOU SAY THAT I AM
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.
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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.
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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.
FAITH IN THE EUCHARISTIC PRESENCE OF CHRIST
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.
NOT FEAR, BUT BELIEVE
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
CALL TO REPENTANCE
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
Vision 2020 - Disciples on Mission
Christian, a new man, is someone who maintains a healthy balance between
dependence on God and human freedom.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Glory and kingship be His
forever and ever!!!
The resurrection from the dead was an incredible
matter for everyone until my resurrection.
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.
CHRIST, THE WISDOM OF GOD
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
GOD’S GIFT TO US: HIS SON
I invited my three closest apostles to come with
me to the mountain to pray. It was there that I
WHEN WE ARE REAL
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.
WE NEVER SAW ANYTHING LIKE
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
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.
TAKING THE ME-TIME WITH GOD
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
AUTHORITY OF THE WORD
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.
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!
- 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
- 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.
- 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.”
- 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.
- AN ADVENT PROPHET
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.
- HOPE AND RENEWAL
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.
- REFLECTION ON THE GOSPEL
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…
- Continued from last issues - Oct 23, 30 & Nov 6.
THE MYSTERY OF HOLY MASS
THE CATHOLIC CHURCH’S SUPREME ACT OF WORSHIP
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
- STAY AWAKE
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.
- WORLD MISSION SUNDAY
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"
- OUR MOTHER MARY AND THE HOLY EUCHARIST
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."
- FINDING BALANCE
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-
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)
- SACRED WORDS OF GOD
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!
- THE ARMOR OF GOD
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
- THE NECESSITY OF FAITH
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.
- HEALTHY CHANGE IS PROOF OF LIFE
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.