Category: Sundays

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CHRIST THE GOOD SHEPHERD

Fourth Sunday of Easter (Year A) Acts 2:14a, 36-41; Psalm 23; 1Pet 2:20b-25; John 10:1-10 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 1Sam 17:34-36). See how this attitude reflects the action of the shepherd in the parable...

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THE HOLY EUCHARIST: SOURCE AND SUMMIT OF CHRISTIAN LIFE

⌚Third Sunday of Easter Year A (26 April 2020) 📖Acts 2:14, 22-33; Psalm 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11 (R.v.11a); 1Pet 1:17-21; Luke 24:13-35 Do you really want to understand why the Church has the Liturgy of the Word before the Liturgy of the Holy Eucharist? Read the story of the journey to Emmaus that we have in today’s Gospel (Luke 24:13-35). As the disciples journeyed towards Emmaus, bothered about the recent happenings of Jesus’ death and reported resurrection, Jesus himself prepares them well to receive him again at the breaking of the Bread by first breaking the Word for...

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THE DOUBTING THOMAS, COMMUNITY LIFE AND THE DIVINE MERCY

⏰SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER YEAR A (DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY) ????Acts 2:42-47; Ps 118:2-4, 13-15ab, 22-24 (R.v.1); 1 Pet 1:3-9; John 20:19-31 The three readings that we have in our Liturgy of today bring out the role of faith in the life of every Christian. The First Reading and the Gospel point out the influence of the Christian community in harnessing that faith. In the First Reading, the early Christian community lived a common life that helped them to grow in this faith. Four things characterized their community spirit: They devoted themselves to (a) the teaching of the Apostles Magisterium (b)...

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“BEHOLD THE POOREST KING THAT EVER LIVED…”

⏰Palm Sunday (Year A) 📖Isa 50:4-7; Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18a, 19-20, 23-24 (R.v.2a); Phil 2:6-11; Matt 26:14 27:66 🎤“BEHOLD THE POOREST KING THAT EVER LIVED…” The above statement comes from the Stations of the Cross at the station where Jesus was stripped of his clothes. What does being poor mean here? It definitely does not mean poverty because another statement follows, “…Possessing nothing, I own all.” Hence that must be pointing to something in the neighborhood of one of the beatitudes that says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 5:3). So as we...

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CHRIST: THE RESURRECTION AND LIFE

⏰Fifth Sunday of Lent Year A (2 April 2017) ????Ezek 37:12-14; Psalm 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-7a, 7b-8 (R.v.7b); Rom 8:8-11; John 11:1-45 The three readings that we have in our liturgy of today center on the life which God gives to all people. While the First and the Second Readings reflect the promise of that life, the Gospel presents Jesus as that promised Life. The First Reading falls within the division of the book of the Prophet Ezekiel that deals with the restoration of Israel. Before the three verses that form our First Reading today, the Prophet had seen a vision...

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CHRIST IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

Fourth Sunday of Lent Year A (26 March 2017) 1Sam 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a; Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 (R.v.1); Eph 5:8-14; John 9:1-42 “The people who lived in darkness have seen great light; on those who lived in the land of the shadow of death, a light has shone” (Isa 9:2; Matt 4:6). The evangelist Matthew connected the above prophecy of Isaiah with the person of Jesus, when Jesus visited the territory of Zebulum and Naphtali. In the Gospel of John, Jesus would make that association himself when he declares, “I am the light of the world” (John 9:5). What...

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JESUS: THE LIVING WATER

Third Sunday of Lent Year A(19 March 2017) Exod 17:3-7; Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7abc, 7d-9 (R.v.7d, 8a); Rom 5:1-2, 5-8; John 4:5-42 Gods love for us is an unconditional love. He does not consider our status or our righteousness before visiting us. In fact, it would seem that it is when we are more into sin that he visits us the more. That is a confirmation of what Jesus said in his mission statement, I did not come to call the righteous but sinners (Matt 9:13) though that should not be misconceived as a licence to dwell in sin. This fact...

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CLIMB THE MOUNTAIN IN FAITH WITH JESUS

Second Sunday of Lent (Year A) Gen 12:1-4a; Psalm 33:4-5, 18-19, 20 and 22 (R.v.22); 2 Tim 1:8b-10; Matt 17:1-9 In Lent, we embark on a journey back to God our Father. Jesus’ coming is to aid us on that journey. We may not be sure of the way nor what we are to encounter but with Jesus as our guide, safety and comfort are assured. Therefore, we are invited today to trust Jesus and follow him faithfully up to the mountain. Indeed, no one can embark on a journey back to God faithfully unless he truly believes in him....

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“BE GONE SATAN!” (Matt 4:10)

First Sunday of Lent (Year A) Gen 2:7-9, 3:1-7; Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 12-13, 14 and 17 (R.v.3a); Rom 5:12-19; Matt 4:1-11 No one is above temptation. If Satan summoned the courage to tempt Jesus, who is God, there is nobody who can avoid his pranks. With that in mind, the liturgy of this First Sunday of Lent presents the temptation of Jesus as a warning and guide to us. Compare that temptation of Jesus in the Gospel and that of Eve in the First Reading. While Eve was busy in dialogue with Satan, Jesus resisted him with the word of...

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IN GOD ALONE BE AT REST, MY SOUL (Ps 62)

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A (26 Feb 2017) Isa 49:14-15; Psalm 62:2-3, 6-7, 8-9 (R.v.6a); 1Cor 4:1-5; Matt 6:24-34 IN GOD ALONE BE AT REST, MY SOUL (Ps 62) The Liturgy of today, in a special way, sets out to remind us of the importance of putting all our trust in God because he is the source of our help (cf. Ps 121:2). The First Reading and the Gospel brought this out more clearly while the Second Reading admonishes us to be more concerned rather with what God thinks of us than what men think of us. The...