Category: Sunday

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“YOU WILL RECEIVE POWER WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT COMES UPON YOU” (Acts 1:8)

⏰Pentecost Sunday (Year B) 📕Acts 2:1-11; Psalm 104:1ab and 24ac, 29bc-30, 31 and 34 (R.v30); Gal 5:16-25; John 15:26-27, 16:12-15 Happy birthday to all of us, sons and daughters of the Church. This is the day when we celebrate the birth of the Church. On this day of Pentecost, we celebrate the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Jesus and those gathered with them (cf. Acts 2:1-11), a fulfillment of Jesus promise to them. This outpouring serves one important purpose, which is empowerment. Remember that towards the end of his earthly life, he was constantly telling...

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MAY THE BE ONE, EVEN AS WE ARE ONE (John 17:11)

⏰SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (YEAR B) WORLD COMMUNICATION SUNDAY 📕Acts 1:15-17, 20a, 20c-26; Ps 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20ab (R.v.19a); 1 John 4:11-16; John 17:11b-19 The unity of all believers is undoubtedly paramount in the mind of Jesus when he made his priestly prayer in John 17. This unity is one which comes through our common heritage in God through Christ. As we gradually draw to the close of the Easter season, we are presented with this theme because that is what would guarantee the success of the task which Jesus gives us to go into the world and make disciples of...

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LOVE DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE

⏰SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (YEAR B) 📕Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48; Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4 (R.v.2); 1 John 4:7-10; John 15:9-17 We shall never get tired of pointing out that Christianity is a vocation of love. Without love, we cannot be said to be Christians. God created man out of love and came to redeem him due to that love. He then commands us to love one another as loved us (cf. John 13:34). This is the last Sunday before the Ascension of the Lord. There are two very important things that we must have to get from todays liturgy. The...

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HE IS THE VINE, WE ARE THE BRANCHES (cf. John 15:5)

⏰FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (YEAR B) 📕Acts 9:26-31; Ps 22:26b-27, 28 and 30, 31-32 (R.v.26b); 1 John 3:18-24; John 15:1-8 Last Sunday, we reflected on Jesus the Good Shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep. Today, we reflect of Jesus, the vine that gives life and provides strength to his disciples, the branches. Without the vine, the branches are nothing. After all these lessons that show us how much God loves and cares for us, next Sunday, which would be the last Sunday before the Ascension of Jesus into heaven, Jesus would now send forth his disciples to...

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“THE GOOD SHEPHERD LAYS DOWN HIS LIFE FOR THE SHEEP (John 10:11)

⏰FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (YEAR B – GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY) 📕Acts 4:8-12; Ps 118:1 and 8-9, 21-23, 26 and 28-29 (R.v.22); 1 John 3:1-2; John 10:11-18 Take a short trip back to the Old Testament. Most of the people that God appointed as leaders of Israel were professional shepherds: Jacob, Moses, David, etc. Apart from the fact that sometimes, sheep are stubborn and so need a man of patience, they are equally fragile and so need devoted protection. A good shepherd is always ready to lay down his life for the sake of his sheep (see 1 Sam 17:34-36). See...

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IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD, THERE IS JOY AND PEACE (CF. PS. 16:11)

⏰THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER 📕Acts 3:13-15, 17-19ab; Ps 4:2, 4, 7 and 9 (R.v.7b); 1 John 2:1-5a; Luke 24:35-48 Imagine the pains that the disciples had to bear at the death of Jesus. The experience must have been like that of the chicks that were separated from the mother hen. They were now exposed to persecution and so, they started hiding away for safety. That explains the setting of todays Gospel where Jesus came to meet them behind closed doors. That was also the reason why some of them were running away to Emmaus. So after calming the fears of...

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THE DOUBTING THOMAS, COMMUNITY LIFE AND THE DIVINE MERCY

⏰Second Sunday of Easter (Year B) 📕Acts 4:32-35; Ps 118:2-4, 15c-16b, and 17-18m, 22-24 (R.v.1); 1 John 5:1-7; John 20:19-31 THE DOUBTING THOMAS, COMMUNITY LIFE AND THE DIVINE MERCYLast year, the liturgy of this very day brought to our view the role of faith in the life of every Christian. This year, while that role is still kept in view, the role of love in Christian life is also made more explicit. The First Reading and the Second point out how that love is lived and harnessed in the Christian community. In the First Reading, which is a summary statement,...