Sunday 19th August 2018

DO NOT CONTINUE IN IGNORANCE Of the three most deadly poisons Greed, Envy and Ignorance, Ignorance is the worst of all. War, violence, murder, bigotry, and all kind of vices is the child born out of ignorance. And because of our often being unconscious of this state of ignorance inside us, the consequence of its effect, via what we say and act, is devastating upon us individually and our world generally. Greed and envy are also born out of ignorance. Ignorance is, in the spirit of the 1st and 2nd holy readings, a state of foolishness in a person’s heart
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Sunday, 12 August 2018

LIVING AND HEALTHY FOOD Food is meant to sustain and keep us alive, but also for us to enjoy over it with satisfaction, joy and happiness. Good food tastes nice but even nicer with good companions. Not all food is good. Eating junk food may be enjoyable but it has no nutritious value, it will do more harm than good to our bodies. Parents do not want their children to eat junk food, and we adults are becoming more health conscious about food and drink in our daily diet. We want to be strong and healthy, not sick. Food is
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Sunday 17th June 2018

‘SERVING GOD AND OUR NEIGHBOUR’ MARK 4:26-34 The first words of today’s reading from St Paul sums up the theme of the Mass – “We always full of confidence” God is with us all the time, he has given us his word. He always remains faithful. He has sent his Son Jesus Christ, to live among us, to be one of us, not only to suffer with us and for us, but to lift us up. To enable us not only to be God’s people, but to be his sons and daughters. We have every reason to be full of
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10th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 10th June 2018

‘THE DIVIDED KINGDOM’ MARK 3:20-35 Jesus said that a kingdom which is divided cannot stand. It doesn’t require much reflection to see the truth of this. We see countries where there is internal conflict torn asunder for instance the Middle East today. We see the breakup families in which there is conflict. The problem affects us on a personal level too. Each of us is a divided kingdom. We are divided within ourselves; we are pulled in opposite directions. There is a war going on inside each of us, a war between light and darkness, good and evil. This is
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Body and Blood of Christ – Sunday 3 June 2018

When we describe somebody as a “practising Catholic” we mean more than anything else that that person takes part – with some regularity at least – in the celebration of the Eucharist. Such a person accepts the Bread of Life which is offered by Jesus and which gives eternal life. The Eucharist is the central act of Christian worship. But it is more than that. It is at the heart of the meaning of the Church. To belong to the Church means to be united with Christ and to be united with one another in Christ. It is the Eucharist
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“MAN FOR OTHERS” – Sunday 27th May 2018

All throughout the history of the Church, attempts have been made to put into language the Church’s belief on the Trinity. When I was on my third year of theology, one of my subjects was ‘The Trinity of Love’. Our professor tried to open the Pandora box on the mystery of the Trinity. Allow me to share with you her very concise summary: “The Father gives everything of himself to the Son. The Son who is generated by the Father’s act of giving, gives everything of what He is back to the Father. This mutual self-giving of Father and Son
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Pentecost Sunday – 20th May 2018

We Remember, We Rejoice, We Celebrate! Pentecost Sunday This weekend, Pentecost, marks the beginning of the church. In many ways it is the birthday of the church for it was when the power of the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples. They began to preach and proclaim the message of God’s saving grace. It was then that the followers of Christ took on a new meaning, a new purpose. Well, happy birthday to us! If you still remember three years ago Cardinal John Dew made a decree, effective 1 February 2015 the Parish of the Holy Spirit – Te Wairua
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The Ascension Of Our Lord – Sunday 13th May 2018

THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD “…Proclaim the Good News to all creation” On the feast of the Ascension of our Lord, Christ told His disciples, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the good news to all creation.” To proclaim is not merely to preach or perform good works. It must point to a specific person or value: the redeeming love of Jesus! To proclaim the love of Christ is to give witness to Him with our lives – what our lives have become because of what He has done for us – making our lives a witness to a
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6th Sunday of Easter – 6th May 2018

I CALL YOU FRIENDS On the night before Passover began, when Jesus gathered with the twelve for supper, he did something very unusual. He began to wash the disciples’ feet. This task was normally done by slaves. It was rather disconcerting and very humbling for the disciples to see the man they had considered their master down on his knees scrubbing their dusty feet. This famed foot-washing incident marks a change in the nature of the relationship between Jesus and his disciples. Part of the meaning of the footwashing is found I think in Jesus’ words to the disciples later
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5th Sunday of Easter, 29th April 2018

MYSTICAL UNION Mysticism sounds like a big word, but no, it is just as an ordinary experience in Christian spirituality as the symbol of a vine plant. Jesus in his parables always used ordinary symbols in daily life that his audience would easily connect themselves too: a mustard seed, a catch of fish, a field, a vine branch. Jesus invites us to remain connected to him like a branch to a vine in order to stay alive and bear fruit, “for apart from me, you can do nothing”. This connectedness to Him is a mystical experience. When we connect ourselves
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