July 28 - Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Asked and Answered

August 31st, 2019

First Reading  Genesis 18:20-32
Abraham pleads with God to save the innocent people of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Responsorial Psalm  Psalm 138:1-3,6-8
Lord, on the day I cried for help, you answered me.

Second Reading  Colossians 2:12-14
You were buried with Christ in Baptism and also raised with him.

Gospel Reading
Luke 11:1-13

 

Though we be “but dust and ashes,” we can presume to draw near and speak boldly to our Lord, as Abraham dares in this week’s First Reading. The mystery of prayer, as Jesus reveals to His disciples in this week’s Gospel, is the living relationship of beloved sons and daughters with their heavenly Father.  Our prayer is pure gift, made possible by the “good gift” of the Father - the Holy Spirit of His Son. It is the fruit of the New Covenant by which we are made children of God in Christ Jesus (see Galatians 4:6-7; Romans 8:15-16). Jesus teaches His disciples to persist in their prayer, as Abraham persisted in begging God’s mercy for the innocent of Sodom and Gomorrah. This intriguing story of Abraham interceding for Sodom is not really about a numbers game but about the significance of salvation for the righteous in a corrupt community. Authentic prayer opens us up to the action of God's Spirit, bringing us in line with God's desires, and making us into true disciples, obedient to Jesus and to the Father who has sent him. Prayer becomes one of the ways by which we follow Jesus in the Christian life.

July 21 - 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Serving God and Serving Neighbour

August 31st, 2019

Last Sunday we were shown through the Parable of the Good Samaritan how important it is to serve our neighbour : "For I desire mercy, not sacrifice". And in today's Gospel Jesus completes that by showing how important it is to serve God and give Him our fullest attention by highlighting Mary who was at His feet. Martha stands for the service to the Neighbour while Mary stands for the service to God. Thus we need to be both Martha and Mary.

July 14 – Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: What We Must Do

August 31st, 2019

In today’s Gospel we are given the summary of Christian belief: Love God & Love Neighbour. This command is nothing remote or mysterious - it’s already written in our hearts, in the book of sacred Scripture: “You have only to carry it out,” Moses says in this week’s First Reading. Jesus tells His interrogator the same thing: “Do this and you will live.” -The scholar, however, wants to know where he can draw the line. That’s the motive behind his question: “Who is my neighbor?”. In his compassion, the Samaritan in Jesus’parable reveals the boundless mercy of God - who came down to us when we were fallen in sin, close to dead, unable to pick ourselves up. Like the Samaritan, He pays the price for us, heals the wounds of sin, pours out on us the oil and wine of the sacraments, entrusts us to the care of His Church, until He comes back for us. Because His love has known no limits, ours cannot either. We are to love as we have been loved, to do for others what He has done for us - joining all things together in His Body, the Church. This is the love that leads to eternal life, the love Jesus commands today of the scholar, and of each of us - “Go and do likewise.”

July 7 - Fourteenth Sunday in the Ordinary Time: I have a mission

August 31st, 2019

First Reading   Isaiah 66:10-14c
I will spread prosperity over Jerusalem like a river.

Responsorial Psalm   Psalm 123:1-4
Our eyes are fixed on the Lord.

Second Reading   Galatians 6:14-18
May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Gospel Reading
Luke 10:1-12,17-20

St. Luke is unique in recording a mission of the 72 in addition to a mission of the Twelve. God has given us life and brought us to this world for a definite purpose. We are given some definite service and a mission to fulfil. "Somehow I am necessary for His purposes" says John Henry Cardinal Newman. Have you realized the purpose for which God gave you life? Have you identified the mission entrusted to you? Are you doing something to accomplish that mission?

June 30 - Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time : Free to Follow

August 31st, 2019

First Reading  1 Kings 19:16b,19-21
Elijah anoints Elisha as his successor.

Responsorial Psalm  Psalm 16:1-2,5,7-11
I set the Lord ever before me.

Second Reading  Galatians 5:1,13-18
Christ has set us free.

Gospel Reading
Luke 9:51-62

In todays Readings we are reminded that those who wish to Join Christ must be ready to disengage themselves from any earthly home, ready to disengage from past responsibilities and ready to disengage from past relationships. This simply means singular detachment from earthly matters. Jesus asks his disciples to put Him first even before the most demanding family ties. Can we do that?

June 23 - The Feast of Corpus Christi: the Living bread

August 31st, 2019

First Reading Genesis 14:18-20
Melchizedek, king of Salem, blessed Abram.

Responsorial Psalm Psalm 110:1-4
You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek.

Second Reading 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
As often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.

Gospel Reading
Luke 9:11b-17

Today we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi, or the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. The Eucharist is true food and drink but at the same time it is very different from every other food and drink. The great difference lies in these words of Christ which St Augustine heard in prayer, “You will not change me into yourself as you would food of your flesh; but you will be changed into me.” We transform ordinary food into our own bodies but the food of the Eucharist transforms us into the body of Christ. Ludwig Feuerbach's statement that we become what we eat is never more true that in the Eucharistic experience.

June 16 - Holy Trinity Sunday: One God in Three persons

August 31st, 2019

Holy Trinity Sunday, is celebrated a week after Pentecost Sunday in honour of the most fundamental of Christian beliefs—belief in the Holy Trinity. We can never fully understand the mystery of the Trinity, but we can sum it up in the following formula: God is three Persons in one Nature. The three Persons of God —Father, Son, and Holy Spirit— are all equally God, and They cannot be divided.

June 9 - PENTECOST SUNDAY

August 31st, 2019

June 2 - SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

August 31st, 2019

Mat 26 - SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

August 31st, 2019

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