Sunday October 22, 2017

MISSION SUNDAY I hope we can all feel the energy and passion coming from today’s Second Reading? The church’s early missionaries – Paul, Silvanus and Timothy are writing to the church in Thessalonika with great words of encouragement and hope, complimenting them on their faith and perseverance. They are reminded of God’s love for them. It is very apt today as we celebrate Mission Sunday and reflect on the church’s mission to spread the Good News. As followers of Christ we are tasked with passing on the message of his love. It is a day for thinking about the faith
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Sunday, 15th October 2017

“THERE IS NOTHING I CANNOT MASTER WITH THE HELP OF THE ONE WHO GIVES ME STRENGTH.” St Paul to the Philippians – Chapter 4: Verse 13 Those words of St Paul speak very forcefully to me, as they did to the people of Philippi of old, and to all who contemplate them today. Paul can do all things in the strength given by God. Living the Gospel is always a challenge and we need the Lord’s help if we are to succeed. The work of bearing witness to the Good News is not something that the Lord has left to
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Sunday October 8th, 2017

GOD CREATED THE WORLD OUT OF SELF-LESS LOVE All the readings of this Sunday share a common image found in the scriptures – that of the vineyard. They are one in their challenge and encouragement for us to live a life worthy of the Gospel. We are challenged to go forth and bear good fruit. Today’s readings are a love story of God for all peoples. God created the world out of self-less love. God creates it for us to enjoy and to be faithful stewards of his creation. I’ve chosen to put the following beautiful words by Blessed John
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Sunday 1st October 2017

The Importance of Doing God’s Will The message for us, highlighted in all of today’s Readings, is the importance of doing God’s will. The sinner does it in Ezekiel – the first son does it in the Gospel – the tax collectors likewise conform to the Baptist’s preaching and truly repent. There is a person in today’s Gospel story that always amuses me. He’s your ‘cross my heart’, as sure as God ‘you can count on me’, kind of character. He’s all promise and no delivery. His word is anything but his bond. He will collect you ‘on the dot’,
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Sunday 24 September 2017

LOVE GENERATES GENEROSITY The men were standing idle in the market, not because they were lazy but, ‘because no one has hired us’. The vineyard owner knew that if these men could not find work, their family people might have no food on the table for that day. He hired them, not because he needed them, but because when he saw them, he saw people who were in need and he was concerned for them and their families. The owner was motivated with generosity and love. On the contrary, those fellow workers who came earlier, they got their fair pay
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Sunday September 17th, 2017

HATEFUL ANGER: A DEADLY POISON Hateful anger is identified as a poison in Buddhist teaching. Equivalently, in our Catholic language, we call it a deadly sin. It is deadly poisonous because hateful anger is a destructive energy within us and its damaging consequences can be beyond our control. When we are consumed with this hateful anger, we will commit sins in our thoughts, our words, and our actions toward others. Is there an antidote for this deadly poison? Yes, there is. Letting go, or in other words, forgiveness. The king in the parable must have been very angry at his
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Sunday 10th September 2017

GOD CAN BE VERY PATIENT WITH US Salvation in the Old Testament seems to carry the notion of a community redemption. God saved the Israelites as a community not as individuals. God saved them as a people from their slavery in a particular time and place. They were to bond together as a chosen people redeemed by their God. The idea of a personal redemption evolved in the New Testament, we hear more about individual saving in people’s personal contact with Jesus. They are loved, touched, forgiven and saved in an intimate and personal way. These two different images of
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Sunday 3rd September 2017

CROSS: THE BIGGEST SCANDAL During the last few weeks, we have encountered different Peters in the gospel. A Peter who is compulsive, recalcitrant, daring, praise worthy by Jesus for his faith. But there is also a Peter who is weak, a coward, and whose thinking is selfish and worldly. Perhaps we each can identify ourselves in this love – hate Peter. Well, come as we are, that’s how God loves us. To his followers, Jesus promised nothing other than the cross. The cross though is not the last word but is inevitable on the road of discipleship. To be his
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Sunday 27th August 2017

BLESSED SCANDAL: A HUMBLING EXPERIENCE Church attendance has declined, religious vocations are down, young people are less attracted to church and all kinds of scandals surrounding the church…! Should we be worried? The faithful should definitely be concerned, but not overly worried. Did Jesus not advise his followers not to be worried, but to put their trust in Him? The church institution is a human made one. How can it be perfect when its human builder is imperfect? But today, Jesus is speaking of a different church, “Upon this rock, I will build my church”. Jesus re-assured Peter. Obviously, the
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Faith is Contagious – Sunday 20th August 2017

A high-ranking local communist official stormed into the childcare centre run by the nuns. Waving his handgun around, he shouted at the nuns, “Why are you daring to teach my child to make the sign of the cross?” All the nuns were puzzled because they had not. Under communist regime, teaching religion is forbidden. What actually happened was that during lunch time, when the nuns sat together eating their lunch, they had first made the sign of the cross. This gesture of course was not in front of the children. However one child did see the gesture. He thought it
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