November 26 - Feast of Christ the King: We will be judged on love

November 23rd, 2017

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First Reading Ezekiel 34:11-12,15-17

God himself will shepherd the people of Israel.

 

Responsorial Psalm Psalm 23:1-2,2-3,5-6 

The Lord is our shepherd.

 

Second Reading Corinthians 15:20-26,28 

Because Christ has been raised from the dead, all those who have died will also be raised.

 

Gospel Reading Matthew 25:31-46

 

On this, the last Sunday of the Church’s liturgical year, the Feast of Christ the King, we have heard the Gospel reading about the Last Judgement.  It is an extraordinary text which is not just about a future moment in history, but about the very essence of being a follower of Jesus Christ today.  It is a challenge to each of us and to our Christian community to remember that being a Christian is never just something inward looking.  The Christian life is never self-centred.  God is love and the Christian life can only be a life which reflects that love. The Christian cannot be unconcerned about or uninterested in those around us, especially those who are marginalized. We will be judged by how we have loved and especially about how we have loved not just those near and dear to us but by how we have loved the most marginal, the people with whom we would often not normally have any contact.  Christ’s kingdom will only be fully realized when our world fully witnesses to God’s kingdom: a kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice love and peace.  

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November 19 - Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time : Talents, Kingdom and Accountability

November 15th, 2017

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First Reading Proverbs 31:10-13,19-20,30-31

The virtues of a good wife are extolled.

 

Responsorial Psalm Psalm 128:1-2,3,4-5

Blessed are those who walk in God's ways.

 

Second Reading 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6

Paul warns the Thessalonians to stay alert because the day of the Lord cannot be predicted.

 

Gospel Reading Matthew 25:14-30

 

Today’s readings tell us that God gives everyone enough talents and gifts. He gives sufficient to all. Our gifts vary. He gives us not only for our own (selfish) consumption only but in order that we may use them finally to extend His kingdom. But on our part God appreciates accountability. There will be a day of judgement for everyone based on stewardship. Each will be judged by what was given to him or her. We are called to do the best with whatever we are and we have. What matters at the end is not what people’s talents are but how they are used for the kingdom. What matters is not how big or how many are our gifts, but how faithful and whole hearted are we in the use of them. 

 

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November 12 - Therty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time : Be Ready

November 11th, 2017

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First Reading     Wisdom 6:12-16
Wisdom will come to those who seek it.

 

Responsorial Psalm.   Psalm 63:2,3-4,5-6,7-8
Our souls are thirsting for God.

 

Second Reading.   1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
(shorter form: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14)
God will raise all those who have died.

 

Gospel Reading
Matthew 25:1-13

 

Jesus tells the parable of the wise and foolish virgins, teaching his disciples the importance of being prepared to receive the Kingdom of Heaven.

According to marriage customs of Jesus’ day, a bride was first “betrothed” to her husband but continued for a time to live with her family. Then, at the appointed hour some months later, the groom would come to claim her, leading her family and bridal party to the wedding feast that would celebrate and inaugurate their new life together.

This is the background to the parable of the last judgment we hear in today’s Gospel.

In the parable’s symbolism, Jesus is the Bridegroom . In this, He fulfills God’s ancient promise to join himself forever to His chosen people as a husband cleaves to his bride . The virgins of the bridal party represent us, the members of the Church.

We were “betrothed” to Jesus in Baptism and are called to lives of holiness and devotion until He comes again to lead us to the heavenly wedding feast at the end of time (see Revelation 19:7-9; 21:1-4 ).

 

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November 5 - Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time : Beware of pride!

November 1st, 2017

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First Reading  Malachi 1:14 - 2:2b,8-10

Through the prophet Malachi, God judges the priests of Israel and calls them to be more faithful to the Covenant.

 

Responsorial Psalm  Psalm 131:1-3

We find peace in the Lord.

 

Second Reading  1 Thessalonians 2:7b-9,13

Paul gives thanks to God for the way in which the Thessalonians received the word of God.

 

Gospel Reading Matthew 23:1-12

 

 

In today's Gospel Jesus says, He who exalts himself will be humbled. Today we are reminded of the deadliest of all sins- pride. It tops the list of the even deadliest sins. It is defined as the exaltation, the glorification of the ego. A person is in a dangerous position if he or she thinks that the world is revolving around him or her, that he or she is indispensable. When a person thinks this way, he or she is already on the way to destruction. Every Christian therefore, despite the temptations to Pharisee-ism in all of us, is to seek to render selfless service rather than to obtain titles, recognition or power. Our Christian love demands of us to manifest God's love in our life. Let us remember Jesus saying, The greatest among you must be your servant. The best soil for the growth of Christian virtue is humble service and detachment - detachment from not only things, but from praise and prestige. And this is the Good News of today.

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October 29 - Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time : To love as Jesus loves

October 27th, 2017

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First Reading : Exodus 22:20-26

The Lord teaches that compassion ought to be shown to the alien and to the poor.

 

Responsorial Psalm : Psalm 18:2-4,47,51

The Lord is our strength.

 

Second Reading : 1 Thessalonians 1:5c-10

Paul tells the Thessalonians that their conversion to the Lord has been an example to all believers.

 

Gospel Reading : Matthew 22:34-40

 

In this Sunday's Gospel, Jesus tells his disciples to love God and the neighbour alike. Loving God and loving neighbour are two aspects of the same commandment to love. Our foremost duty is to love God with our entire selves. This love of God should be expressed in the way we love our neighbours. We need to love others with as much concern as we have for ourselves. We see what true love is in the life of Jesus: the sacrificial love. That's why he once said: "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another." (John 13:34). All of us want to love like Jesus. We want to be generous, forgiving, and compassionate enough to love people unconditionally. But no matter how hard we try, it just doesn't work. Our humanness gets in the way. Therefore let us ask Jesus to help us to love the way he loved. 

 

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October 22 – Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time : Caesar Vs. God

October 18th, 2017

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First Reading : Isaiah 45:1,4-6

The Lord chooses Cyrus to subdue the nations for the sake of Israel.

 

Responsorial Psalm : Psalm 96:1,3-10

Sing praise to the Lord.

 

Second Reading : 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5b

Paul greets the Thessalonians, recalling the Gospel they received.

 

Gospel Reading : Matthew 22:15-21

 

Every Christian holds dual citizenship, each one of which has its own benefits and duties. Our birth made us citizens of an earthly nation; our baptism made us citizens of a heavenly Kingdom. Obedience to the spiritual Law, obedience to the temporal law! This is the summary of today's gospel. As far as possible, we need to live out both of these citizenships responsibly. We can be good citizens of earth, giving to Caesar what belongs to him, as well as good citizens in Christ's Kingdom, giving to God what belongs to him. But through the centuries, the many Christian saints and martyrs have taught us that if we are ever forced to choose between the two, if ever Caesar tries to take what belongs to God, we must be faithful to our true, everlasting homeland, even if it means suffering painful consequences here on earth. 

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October 15 - Twenty eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time: When God calls don’t give excuses

October 12th, 2017

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First Reading : Isaiah 25:6-10a 

The Lord will provide richly for his people.

 

Responsorial Psalm : Psalm 23:1-6

The Lord is our shepherd.

 

Second Reading : Philippians 4:12-14,19-20

Paul tells the Philippians that God provides whatever he needs.

 

Gospel Reading Matthew 22:1-14 (shorter form Matthew 22:1-10)

 

Often in the rich symbolism of a wedding feast, with its abundance of wine, food and a union of love, is used to speak of God’s taking final possession of his people. Today in the Gospel we see how the ones invited to the banquet gives excuses for not attending the wedding feast. They had other interest: a farmer a business. Indeed, these other attractions were so powerful than the wedding feast of the king. This same thing can happen to some of us. God is waiting to meet us and give us his blessings though the Sacraments (specially the Holy Mass and the Sacrament of Confession) but at times we will not realize this and go after mundane things. E.g. our business becomes important than the Sunday Mass. Can we learn something from this parable?  

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October 8 - Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time: God’s Patience versus Our accountability

October 5th, 2017

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First Reading : Isaiah 5:1-7

The Lord compares the house of Israel to a vineyard.

 

Responsorial Psalm : Psalm 80:9,12-16,19-20

The Lord protects his vineyard, the house of Israel.

 

Second Reading : Philippians 4:6-9

Paul encourages the Philippians to stay faithful to the teaching they received from him.

 

Gospel Reading : Matthew 21:33-43

 

Today’s parable teaches us about the need to produce fruit in our lives. God gave us his vineyard so that we would produce a bountiful harvest for Him and not remain lazy and selfish. The parable teaches also about God’s patience with us and our accountability to God. The vineyard owner made three efforts to get the tenant farmers to change their ways. When he saw more patience was futile, he passed judgement on the tenants. He held them accountable for their actions. It is the same way with God and us. Our heavenly Father is infinitely patient. But the time will come when God’s patience will give way to judgement. We, too, will be held accountable for our actions. 

 

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October 1 – Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time : Deeds and not only words

September 30th, 2017

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First Reading : Ezekiel 18:25-28

It is possible to turn from sin and preserve one's life.

 

Responsorial Psalm : Psalm 25:4-9

A prayer to God for mercy.

 

Second Reading : Philippians 2:1-11

(shorter form Philippians 2:1-5) Be like Christ who humbled himself and was exalted by God.

Gospel Reading Matthew 21:28-32

 

The Parable teaches that discipleship is fundamentally about what one does, not just about what one says. Some may claim in words to be religious, but their lack of deeds and lack of genuine repentance and obedient faith betray their hypocrisy. Yet amazingly, the grace of God shown in repentance can draw even notorious sinners into the kingdom. The kingdom is promised not to those who merely say “I will goâ€, but to those who actually do the will of the Father.  

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September 24 – Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Gods Generosity

September 21st, 2017

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First Reading : Isaiah 55:6-9

 

God's ways are far beyond the ways of human beings. 

 

Responsorial Psalm : Psalm 145:2-3,8-9,17-18

God is near to those who call upon him.

 

Second Reading : Philippians 1:20c-24,27

a Paul tells the Philippians to live for Christ.

 

Gospel Reading: Matthew 20:1-16

 

Our God is a God of surprises. It is this strange and unexpected generosity with creates problems. Those who think they can calculate exactly how God must act are in for a surprise. All work in the vineyard should be delighted that some receive what is just, while others have been blessed with God’s great generosity. Who are we to question why? Can God not do what He likes with his love? The point is that it is His kingdom and not ours. Even the grumbler is called ‘my friend’. God doesn't count or measure when he gives. He makes too much vine at the wedding, more than 100 gallons of it. He multiplies much bread and there were 12 baskets of bread left over. He pays a day’s wages even to those labourers who came to work at the last hour. When God does things he does in a BIG way. 

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