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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – C

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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – C

Readings: Gen 18, 1-10; Ps: 14, 2-5; Col 1, 24-28; Lk 10, 38-42 Mary sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak One of the realities that we notice in urban life today, across the globe, is … Continue reading

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Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – C

Readings: Dt 30:10-14;Ps 69:14, 17, 30-31, 33-34, 36, 37; Col 1:15-20; Lk10:25-37 Moved with pity… he went up and bandaged his wounds There are many parables that are unique to the Gospel of Luke. The parable of the lost son … Continue reading

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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – C

Readings: Is 66:10-14c; Ps 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20; Gal 6:14-18; Lk 10: 1-12, 17-20 Start off now, I am sending you out… A few years ago, a priest wrote a short reflection in the Diocesan Newsletter of the Archdiocese … Continue reading

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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – C

Readings: 1 Kgs 19:16b, 19-21; Gal 5:1, 13-18; Lk 9: 51-62 Are we ready to follow Jesus with a single-minded devotion! There are several films on Jesus. Each movie has its own take on the life and message of Jesus … Continue reading

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The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ – C

Readings: Gen 14:18-20; Ps 110:1, 2, 3, 4; 1 Cor 11:23-26; Lk 9:11b-17 How generously Jesus has given Himself to us in the Eucharist The Blood Transfusion Shortly after undergoing major surgery, a woman decided to put her thoughts in … Continue reading

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Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity – C

Readings: Prv 8:22-31; Ps 8:4-5, 6-7, 8-9; Rom 5:1-5; Jn 16:12-15 Three Persons in One: The God of Relationship Social scientists these days are pointing out the increase of spirituality in the contemporary world, a spirituality that is not only … Continue reading

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Pentecost Sunday – C

Readings: Acts 2:1-11; 1 Cor. 12:3-7,12-13; Jn 20:19-23 Receive the Holy Spirit In the recent years I have been travelling and living in different cultural contexts. The question, “Where do you come from,” has become so difficult for me to … Continue reading

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Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord – C

Readings: Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9; Eph 1:17-23; Lk 24:46-53 Eyes Fixed on Heaven and Feet Firm on the Earth Luke tells us in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 1:3) that Jesus was seen in his risen form … Continue reading

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Sixth Sunday of Easter – C

Readings: Readings: Acts 15:1-2, 22-29; Ps 67:2-3, 5-6, 8; Rev 21:10-14, 22-23; Jn 14:23-29 Friendship with Christ brings Interior Peace Jesus has given us His all: – Soul to His Father – Body to Joseph of Arimathea – Clothes to … Continue reading

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Fifth Sunday of Easter – C

Readings: Acts 14:21-27; Ps 145:8-13; Rev 21:1-5; Jn 13:31-35 LOVE: a Sign of Christian Discipleship WWJD = LOVE; GOD IS LOVE When we read the earlier passage of the gospel of John, prior to this Sunday reading [Jn 13], Jesus … Continue reading

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Second Sunday of Easter – C (Divine Mercy Sunday)

Readings: Acts 5:12-16; Ps 118:2-4,13-15, 22-24; Rev 1:9-13,17-19; Jn 20:19-31 GOD’S DIVINE MERCY Deep down, we need to be loved. We need to feel that there is someone who truly understands us, values us and cares for us. Yet for … Continue reading

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Easter Sunday – C

Readings: Acts 10:34a, 37-43; Ps 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23; Col 3:1-4 or 1 Cor 5:6b-8; Jn 20:1-9 or Lk 24:1-12 THE GREAT TRIUMPH OF GOD’S LOVE Our faith is rooted firmly and solidly in the soil of human history. The mystery … Continue reading

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Palm Sunday – C

Readings: Is 50:4-7; Ps 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24; Phil 2:6-11; Lk 19:28-40 The King on a Pony en route to Die (Before the Procession) Today we begin the week of weeks in the liturgical calendar: the Holy Week. Today we begin … Continue reading

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Fifth Sunday of Lent – C

Readings: Is 43:16-21; Ps 126:1-6; Phil 3:8-14; Jn 8:1-11 Grace and truth have come through Jesus Christ Sometime back, I was participating in a training in Spiritual Accompaniment. During the days of training we also had ample time for personal … Continue reading

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Fourth Sunday of Lent – C

Readings: Jos 5:9-12; Ps 34:2-7; 2 Cor 5:17-21; Lk 15:1-3, 11-32 The Good Boy and the Bad Boy Today is one of those days, when I feel, a homily might steal the gospel reading of its depth. The parable that … Continue reading

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Third Sunday of Lent – C

Readings: Ex 3:1-8,13-15; Ps 103:1-4, 6-8, 11; 1 Cor 10:1-6, 10-12; Lk 13:1-9 THE GOD WHO OFFERS ME A SECOND CHANCE Is the God you believe in, a coach or a referee? What does a coach do, for instance, in … Continue reading

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Second Sunday of Lent – C

Readings: Gen 15:5-12, 17-18; Ps 27:1,7-9, 13-14; Phil 3:17-4:1; Lk 9:28-36 Towards an experience of Jesus Mountains are seen as locations of God-experience in many traditional cultures, and in many of the world religions. It is not by chance then … Continue reading

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First Sunday of Lent – C

Readings: Deut 26:4-10; Ps 91:1-2,10-15; Rom 10:8-13; Lk 4:1-13 The Three Ps: Pleasure, Possessions, Power! We say the Season of Lent lasts forty days, as the Latin word, ‘Quadragesima” suggests. When I was a young seminarian – skeptical as I … Continue reading

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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – C

Readings: 1 Sam 26:2, 7–9, 12–13, 22–23; Ps 103:1–13; 1 Cor 15:45–49; Lk 6:27–38 Measure for Measure Introduction As Christians, we are called to be different. Different not necessarily in our dressing, or in our food habits, but different in … Continue reading

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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – C

Readings: Jer 17:5–8; Ps 1:1–4, 6; 1 Cor 15:12, 16–20; Lk 6:17, 20–26 BLESSED ARE YOU… Following the story of Jesus now in the gospel of Luke, we find out that Jesus is now not on His own. After his … Continue reading

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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – C

Readings:Is 6:1-8; Ps 138:1-5, 7-8; 1 Cor 15:1-11; Lk 5:1-11 DUC IN ALTUM (CAST INTO THE DEEP) Put into the deep: – Do not be happy with the minimum (Christianity is not for the mediocre life). – Christianity is not … Continue reading

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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – C

Readings: Jer 1:4–5, 17–19; Ps 71:1–6, 15–17; 1 Cor 12:31–13:13; Lk 4:21–30 STRIVE FOR THE GREATEST GIFT: LOVE We are privileged to be called by God, to be his prophets; to proclaim his words to the world. But the gift … Continue reading

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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – C

Readings: Neh 8:2–6, 10; Ps 19:8–10, 15; 1 Cor 12:12–30; Lk 1:1–4, 4:14–21 Good News to the Poor One of the popular books that have inspired me a great deal is The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen … Continue reading

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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – C

Readings: Is 62:1–5; Ps 96:1–3, 7–10; 1 Cor 12:4–11; Jn 2:1–12 God is here: There is abundance! (Jn 2:1-11) Today we begin the Sundays in Ordinary Time of the liturgical year. This year, generally we would listen to the gospel … Continue reading

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The Baptism of the Lord – C

Readings:Is 40:1-5, 9-11; Ti 2:11-14, 3:4-7; Lk 3:15-16, 21-22 “You are my Beloved.” Today’s feast of the Baptism of our Lord we cross several years in the life of Jesus. It is a passing from one Era to a new … Continue reading

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The Epiphany of the Lord – C

Readings: Is 60:1-6; Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6; Mt 2:1-12 O Come, Let Us Adore Him The gifts Gold, frankincense and myrrh may be thought of as prophesying Jesus’ future. Gold was a gift for kings; frankincense (an ancient air purifier and … Continue reading

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Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God

Readings: Nm 6:22-27; Ps 67:2-3,5,6,8; Gal 4:4-7; Lk 2:16-21 MARY THE MOTHER OF GOD NEW YEAR 2019 Tonight/ today we celebrate it as a day of blessings along with New Year 2019. A prayer for another person or a blessing … Continue reading

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Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)

Readings: Is 52:7-10; Ps 98:1, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6, Heb 1:1-6; Jn 1:1-18 God so loved the world that he gave His only Son “Freedom from Fear is the need of the Hour.” We are constantly living in fear. Fear of … Continue reading

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Fourth Sunday of Advent – C

Readings: Mic 5:1-4; Ps 80:2-3,15-16,18-19; Heb 5:5-10; Lk 1:39-45 Christmas Celebrates the Gift of God’s Presence in our Lives We have arrived at the final Sunday of Advent. As it is always, some of us have come to this day … Continue reading

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Third Sunday of Advent – C

Readings: Zeph 3:14-18; Is 12:2-6; Phil 4:4-7; Lk 3:10-18 “REJOICE” SUNDAY INTRODUCTION We are at the half way mark in our preparation to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. It is good to look into our lives and check out … Continue reading

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Second Sunday of Advent – C

Readings: Bar 5:1-9; Ps 126:1-6; Phil 1:4-6,8-11; Lk 3:1-6 A CALL TO CHANGE [REFLECTION 1] God wants to get involved in us St Luke begins this chapter of his Gospel curiously. He puts out a list of names and places … Continue reading

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First Sunday of Advent – C

Readings: Jer 33:14-16; Ps 25:4-5,8-10,14; 1 Thess 3:12-4:2; Lk 21:25-28, 34-36 They will see the Son of Man coming (Lk 21:27) One of the advent hymns that I like most is: We long to see thee so! To see Thee … Continue reading

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Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Readings: Dan 7:13-14; Ps 93:1-2,5; Rev 1:5-8; Jn 18:33-37 JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE One of the peculiar paintings on Jesus is The Last Judgement of Michelangelo at Sistine Chapel where the conclave takes place. You see a six-pack … Continue reading

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Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time – B

Readings: Dan 12:1-3; Ps 16:5,8-11; Heb 10:11-14,18; Mk 13:24-32 ARE YOU PREPARED? Since the age of 12, I have been in boarding schools.  One of the exciting times in such schools is towards the end of term when there would … Continue reading

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Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time – B

Readings: 1 Kgs 1:10-16; Ps 146:7-10; Heb 9:24-28; Mk 12:41-44 She put in everything she possessed. (Mark 12:38-44) When the books of Old Testament refer to the poor they often list three categories of people: the stranger, the orphan and … Continue reading

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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – B

“The apostles rejoined Jesus and told him all they had done and taught…” (Mk 6:30) “The apostles rejoined Jesus and told him all they had done and taught…” (Mk 6:30) Ministry to young people forms part of the identity of … Continue reading

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Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – B

“He… began to send them out” (Mk 6:7) It was Pope Paul VI who began to speak about new approaches in evangelization, in his post-synodal exhortation: Evangelization in the Modern World (Evangelii Nuntiandi, 1975). This was to be an adequate … Continue reading

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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – B

“This is the carpenter, surely, the son of Mary…” (Mk 6:3) The gospel text of today narrates to us how the people of his home town reacted to Jesus, despite what they heard and saw in Jesus: the wisdom and … Continue reading

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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – B

““Talitha, Kum!” (Mk 5:41)” (Mk 4:39) Stories of two women Gospel reading of today narrates to us two stories. Both, stories of women. One story is contained within another. Both are stories about women who are ‘dead’ in their own … Continue reading

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Solemnity Of SS Peter and Paul – B

Today the feast of martyrdom of saints Peter and Paul. Jesus chose Peter, the fisherman from Galilee, son of John and brother of Andrew, as the leader of the apostles and the rock on which He would build His Church. … Continue reading

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Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time – B

“Quiet now! Be calm!” (Mk 4:39) I have often wondered why in the churches we ring bells. For instance, in most Catholic churches we ring the bell at the beginning of mass and several times during the Eucharistic prayer. In … Continue reading

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Solemnity of Most Sacred Heart of Jesus – B

Readings: Hos 11:1, 3-4, 8c-9; Eph 3:8-12, 14-19; Jn 19:31-37 The Heart of Jesus is the Heart of Love. Jesus Christ was a brilliant, mind-boggling teacher whose lessons, insight, and wisdom left even erudite scholars awestruck. And yet there is … Continue reading

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Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ – B

Readings: Ex 24: 3-8; Ps 116:12-13, 15-16, 17-18; Heb 9: 11-15; Mk 14: 12-16, 22-26 “This is my blood, the blood of the covenant, poured out for many” (Mk 14: 24) There are two feasts in the liturgical calendar that … Continue reading

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Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity – B

Readings: Dt 4:32-34.39-40; Ps 33:4-5, 6, 9, 18-19, 20, 22; Rom 8:14-17; Mt 28:16-20 God in Three: Our experience of the Divine At the recommendation of a friend of mine, a few months back, I ventured to read, The Shack.  With … Continue reading

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PENTECOST SUNDAY – B

Readings: Acts 2:1-11; Ps 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34 ; 1 Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13; Jn 20:19-23 HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! In the new era of salvation that began with the birth of the Son of God, the Holy Spirit who is the … Continue reading

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Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord – B

Readings: Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9 ; Eph 1:17-23; Mk 16:15-20 “Proclaim the Good News to all creation” (Mk 16:15)World (Good News) Communication Day As we heard in the first reading of today, Luke tells us in the Acts … Continue reading

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Sixth Sunday of Easter – B

Readings: Acts 10:25–26, 34–35, 44–48; Ps 98:1–4; 1 Jn 4:7–10; Jn 15:9–17 Love one another, as I have loved you (Jn 15:12) From the Golden Rule to a Programme of Life Many Diocesan Catechisms, after listing the Ten Commandments would … Continue reading

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Fifth Sunday of Easter – B

Readings: Acts 9:26-31; Ps 22:26-27, 28, 30, 31-32; 1 Jn 3:18-24; Jn 15:1-8 STAY CONNECTED I have a router which I often carry with myself. This is I do so that I am always connected and above all those in … Continue reading

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Fourth Sunday of Easter – B

Readings: Acts 4:8-12; 1 Jn 3:1-2; Jn 10:11-18 The Folly of the Love of the Shepherd (Jn 10:11-18) The Maasai people of East Africa are a very interesting people. Their photogenic, elegant figures are used to advertise tourism in East … Continue reading

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Third Sunday of Easter – B

Readings: Acts 3:13–15, 17–19; Ps 4:2, 4, 7–9; 1 Jn 2:1–5; Lk 24:35–48 PEACE BE WITH YOU One sentence that we hear repeated so often during the Eastertide is, “Peace be with you.”  Every time Jesus appears to his apostles … Continue reading

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