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Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time-C

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Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time-C

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C (Lk 18:1-8) ‘… a parable about the need to pray continually…’ (Lk 18:1)   Emergency numbers and frequently dialed numbers Wherever in the world you are, today, you can have access to … Continue reading

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Twenty-eight Sunday of Ordinary Time-C

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C He threw himself at the feet of Jesus and thanked him (Lk 17:11-19) A few years back, while back in India for holidays, I was once traveling by train.  It was past … Continue reading

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Twenty Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time_C

27th Sunday of Ordinary Time (C) “We have done no more than our duty” (Lk 17:5-10) The Spirituality of Daily life   In the late 1990’s, CNN, the American news channel, ran an ad in the print media that made … Continue reading

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Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time-C

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Why Love? (Luke 16:19-31: the parable of Lazarus and the rich man) It is quite common in parts of the world and even here, for employees to be absent from work for the purposes of … Continue reading

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Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – C

Readings: Am 8:4-7; Ps 113:1-2, 4-6, 7-8; 1 Tm 2:1-8; Lk 16:1-13 Use money to win you friends A clear message in the gospels: Renunciation The gospel of this Sunday took a lot of effort to prepare a sermon on. … Continue reading

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Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – C

Readings: Ex 32:7-11, 13-14; Ps 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19; 1 Tim 1:12-17; Lk 15:1-10 The Lost Son Today is one of those days when I feel a homily might steal the gospel reading of its depth. The parable that we … Continue reading

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Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time – C

Readings: Wis 9:13-18; Ps 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14-17; Phmn 9-10, 12-17; Lk 14:25-33 Remember, you are following a Martyr! Our world today has too many celebrities and very few heroes. Our contemporary culture focuses so much on celebrities. The media … Continue reading

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Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time – C

Readings: Sir 3:17-18,20,28-29; Ps 68:4-5, 6-7, 10-11; Heb 12:18-19,22-24; Luke 14:1,7-14 HUMILITY Fr Cajetan Lobo … on his ordination day he invited to his home all the poor people from near and far to take part in his celebration. This … Continue reading

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Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time – C

Readings: Is 66:18-21; Ps 117:1, 2; Heb 12:5-7, 11-13; Lk 13:22-30 The Narrow Door When you were in school, did you prefer easy-going teachers to demanding ones? I have been in formal education for 24 years (more than half of … Continue reading

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Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – C

Readings: Jer 38:4-6, 8-10; Ps 40:2, 3, 4, 18; Heb 12:1-4; Lk 12:49-53 Disturb us, Lord! When I read the gospel reading of today, a phrase kept coming back to me very spontaneously. It was the first line of a … Continue reading

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Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Readings: Rev 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab; Ps 45:10, 11, 12, 16; 1 Cor 15:20-27; Lk 1:39-56 All Generations Will Call Me Blessed What is common in the Mass readings today is “movement.” In the first reading (Day Mass) we see a … Continue reading

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Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – C

Readings: Wis 18, 6-9; Ps 32, 1.12.18-22; Heb 11, 1-2.8-19; Lk 12, 35-40 Spiritual Capital: Treasures in Heaven During the course of the past week, I happened to chance upon a former student of mine, thanks to Facebook. We had … Continue reading

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Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – C

Readings: Eccl 1:2; 2:21-23; Ps 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14, 17; Col 3:1-5, 9-11; Lk 12:13-21 Seek the Things that are in Heaven Once again with a story from Tony de Mello: “What stone?” asked the sage. “Last night I was … Continue reading

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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – C

Readings: Gen 18, 20-32; Ps: 137, 1-3. 6-8; Col 1, 12-14; Lk 11, 1-13 Ask, Seek, Knock Let me begin with a story from Tony de Mello – shortened here: The village priest was a holy man so each time … Continue reading

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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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