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Solemnity of Most Sacred Heart of Jesus – B

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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Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday) – B

Readings: Acts 4:32–35; Ps 118:2–4, 13–15, 22–24; 1 Jn 5:1–6; Jn 20:19–31 “Jesus, I trust in You.” Happy feast of Easter! Easter is the prototype of all Christian feasts.  It is such a great event that one day of celebration … Continue reading

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The Resurrection of the Lord – B

Readings: Easter Vigil | Mass of Easter Day THE TRUTH OF THE RESURRECTION MAKES EVERYTHING NEW! Introduction Tonight’s Vigil Service has four parts: 1. The Service of Light 2. The Liturgy of the Word 3. The Blessing of Water and … Continue reading

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GOOD FRIDAY – B

READINGS: Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion TRUST JESUS AND THE CROSS BECAUSE THIS IS NOT THE END… Don’t hang the Cross but Hang on the Cross. This requires a lot of Faith, Hope and Love. This can be summed … Continue reading

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MAUNDY THURSDAY – B

READINGS: Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper LOVE MANDATE, EUCHARIST, PRIESTHOOD INTRODUCTION. Today the church commemorates a triple celebration: the institution of the Eucharist, the institution of the sacramental priesthood and the New Commandment of love as seen in Jesus’ … Continue reading

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PALM SUNDAY – B

Readings: Is 50:4–7; Ps 22:8–9, 17–20, 23–24; Phil 2:6–11; Mk 14:1–15:47 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 – B

Readings: Jer 31:31–34; Ps 51:3–4, 12–13, 14–15; Heb 5:7–9; Jn 12:20–33 “We want to see Jesus lifted high.” When I read the gospel text of the 5th Sunday in Lent (Year B), I was reminded of a popular song, written … Continue reading

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Fourth Sunday of Lent – B

Readings: 2 Chr 36:14–16, 19–23; Ps 137:1–6; Eph 2:4–10; Jn 3:14–21 “God loved the world so much….” The Gospel of John is often considered the most difficult of the Gospels – highly symbolic in its expression and deeply theological in … Continue reading

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Third Sunday of Lent – B

Readings: Ex 20:1–17; Ps 19:8–11; 1 Cor 1:22–25; Jn 2:13–25 “Zeal for your house will consume me” (John 2:17). Reflection 1. Every believer would proudly profess that he or she believes in God. Perhaps the question that needs to be … Continue reading

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Second Sunday of Lent – B

Readings: Gn 22:1–2, 9–13, 15–18; Ps 116:10, 15–19; Rom 8:31–34; Mk 9:2–10 Going up the mountain: Learning to Pray The liturgy of the word of God for Sundays in Lent is very well thought-out and appropriately laid out. On the … Continue reading

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First Sunday of Lent – B

Readings: Gn 9:8–15; Ps 25:4–9; 1 Pt 3:18–22; Mk 1:12–15 “God does not provide us with a roadmap, but only a compass.” We say the Season of Lent lasts forty days, as the Latin word, ‘Quadragesima” suggests.  When I was … Continue reading

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Ash Wednesday – B

Readings: Jl 2:12-18; Ps 51:3-6, 12-13, 14,17; 2 Cor 5:20—6:2; Mt 6:1-6, 16-18 If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts. In our fast-paced world, it is always a challenge to focus on our spiritual lives and the … Continue reading

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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – B

Readings: Lv 13:1-2, 44-46; Ps 32:1-2, 5, 11; 1 Cor 10:31-11:1; Mk 1:40-45 “Of course I want to! Be cured.” (Mk 1:40-45) Holistic Well-being: Effect of Encounter with Jesus Here is a one-line summary of my reflection: The result of … Continue reading

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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – B

Readings: Jb 7:1-4,6-7; 1 Cor 9:16-19,22-23; Mk 1:29-39 “Everybody is looking for you” (Mk 1:29-39): Being busy – restless or engaged? The contemporary culture forces us to be busy. The more you are urbanized, the more you are likely to … Continue reading

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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – B

Readings: Dt 18:15-20; Ps 95; 1 Cor 7:32-25; Mk 1:21-28 He taught them with authority (Mk 1:21-28) I don’t know if you have watched those old black-and-white fast moving films from the time of the Second World War. Often they … Continue reading

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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – B

Readings: Jon 3:1-5,10; 1 Cor 7:29-31; Mk 1:14-20 Repent and Believe in the Good News Little Johnny was basically a good boy. But he had a problem with his temper. He had his bouts of anger that surprised everyone. His … Continue reading

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Solemnity of Our Lady of Arabia

Readings: Zeph 3: 14-18/ Is 12: 2-6/ Gal 4: 4-7/ Lk 1: 39-56 “MY SOUL PROCLAIMS THE GREATNESS OF THE LORD.” A Priest once while traveling by train, was not wanting to enter into any conversation with passengers. To do … Continue reading

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The Epiphany of the Lord – B

Readings: Isaiah: 60:1-6; Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6; Matthew 2:1-12 EVERY NATION ON EARTH WILL ADORE THE LORD Introduction The word Epiphany, which means appearance or manifestation or showing forth, marks Jesus’ first appearance to the Gentiles. “Epiphany” refers to God’s Self-revelation … Continue reading

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Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God

Readings: Num 6: 22-27; Ps 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8; Gal 4: 4-7; Lk 2: 16-21 Mary, Mother of God, help me to walk with God this Year “Mary, the all holy ever virgin Mother of God, is the masterwork of … Continue reading

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Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)

Readings: Is 62:11-12; Ps 97:1, 6, 11-12; Tit 3:4-7; Lk 2:15-20 “LET’S GO! LET US GO TO BETHLEHEM…” There is a story told of a young man who sent his parents a microwave oven for Christmas. They were very excited … Continue reading

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Fourth Sunday of Advent – B

Readings: 2 Sam 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Ps 89:2-5, 27, 29; Rom 16:25-27; Lk 1:26-38 “BEHOLD, I AM THE HANDMAID OF THE LORD. MAY IT BE DONE TO ME ACCORDING TO YOUR WORD.” A Persian legend runs that a certain … Continue reading

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Third Sunday of Advent – B

Readings: Is 61:1-2, 10-11; Lk 1:46-50, 53-54; 1 Thes 5:16-24; Jn 1:6-8, 19-28 “REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS, AND AGAIN I SAY REJOICE! INDEED, THE LORD IS NEAR.” There is joy in retrospect, as we look at the past; there … Continue reading

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Second Sunday of Advent – B

Readings: Is 40:1-5, 9-11; Ps 85:9-14; 2 Pt 3:8-14; Mk 1:1-8 “PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD, MAKE STRAIGHT HIS PATHS.” Once, when a conference of ministers was held in a certain town, a certain old preacher had sat quietly … Continue reading

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Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Readings: Gen 3:9-15, 20; Eph 1:3-6, 11-12; Lk 1:26-38 “HAIL, FULL OF GRACE!” On June 22nd 1998, the Church of Corpus Christi in Moyross in Limerick was destroyed by fire causing an estimated £250,000 worth of damage. At first it … Continue reading

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First Sunday of Advent – B

Readings: Is 63: 16-17. 19b; 64: 2-7/ Ps 80: 2-3. 15-16. 18-19/ 1 Cor 1: 3-9/ Mk 13: 33-37 “BE WATCHFUL, BE ALERT! FOR YOU DO NOT KNOW WHEN THE TIME WILL COME.” Today is the First Sunday of Advent … Continue reading

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Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe – B

Readings: Dan 7:13-14; Ps 93:1-2,5; Rev 1:5-8; Jn 18:33-37 JESUS’ KINGSHIP IS ONE OF LOVE, JUSTICE AND PEACE! I Timothy 2:6 says Jesus “gave himself as a ransom.” A ransom is a price paid to purchase someone’s freedom. In 1193, … 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 LIFE IS SHORT; DEATH IS CERTAIN; ETERNITY IS FOREVER! The Bible says that in the final days or “end times” there will be “distress of nations”. This is certainly the case … 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 Our Jugs of Oil Will Never Run Dry! Nancy was a single mother with young children. Her ex-husband sent her only a small amount of grocery money every week–so small … Continue reading

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Solemnity of All Saints – B

Readings: Rev 7:2-4, 9-14; Ps 24:1-61; Jn 3:1-3; Mt 5:1-12 Rejoice and be glad, for great is your reward in heaven! (Mt 5:12) Today, the Church celebrates all the saints: canonized or beatified, and the multitude of those who are … Continue reading

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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – B

Readings: Jer 31:7-9; Ps 126:1-6; Heb 5:1-6; Mk 10:46-52 LORD, HEAL OUR SPIRITUAL BLINDNESS According to World Health Organization, there are 39 million blind people on the planet. These are the people who wake up every day and stare down … Continue reading

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Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time – B

Readings: Is 53:10-11; Psalm 33; Heb 4:14-16; Mk 10:35-45 MISSION SUNDAY  World Mission Sunday, organized by the Propagation of the Faith, is a day set aside for Catholics worldwide to recommit themselves to the Church’s missionary activity through prayer and … Continue reading

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Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time – B

Readings: Wis. 7:7-11; Heb 4:12-13; Mk 10:17-30 The man who went to Hell with Heaven on his mind. How is a person to measure happiness? Is there an absolute criterion or criteria by which we can assess a person and … Continue reading

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Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – B

Readings:Gn 2:18-24; Ps 128:1-6; Heb 2:9-11; Mk 10:2-16 TO LOVE AND TO CHERISH “When two people become one by way of marriage, it is not only their hearts that are united, but their minds and souls as well.” — Julie … Continue reading

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Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – B

Readings: Nm 11:25-29; Ps 19:8-14; Jas 5:1-6; Mk 9:38-48 GOD’S CALL TO HOLINESS, GENEROSITY AND TO BE AN INSPIRATION TO ALL THOSE AROUND A soldier of Alexander the Great was driving a heavily laden mule to the royal tent. The … Continue reading

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Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – B

Readings: Wis 2:12, 17-20 ; Ps 54:3-4, 5, 6 & 8; Jas 3: 16-4:3, Mk 9: 30-37 HUMILITY and SERVICE – ARE THE MOTHER OF ALL VIRTUES Many years ago, a rider came across some soldiers who were trying to … Continue reading

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Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – B

Readings: Is 50; 5-9 ; Jas 2: 14-18; Mk 8: 27-35 NO CROSS NO CROWN Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and … Continue reading

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Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

September 8, 2015 The readings: Rom. 8:28-30 or Mic. 5:2-5; Mt. 1:16, 18-23 Anecodote: The “Hail Mary” of a Protestant is powerful! — ( This is a true story.) A little six-year-old Protestant boy had often heard his Catholic companion … Continue reading

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Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time – B

Readings: Readings: Is 35:4-7; Ps 146:7-10; Jas 2:1-5; Mk 7:31-37 “Touch and make us WHOLE” Domingo  is a close friend of mine. He is also a quadriplegic (a person who is permanently unable to move or feel both arms and … Continue reading

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Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time – B

Readings: Deut 4:1-2, 6-8; Ps 15:2-3, 3-4, 4-5; Jas 1:17-18, 21-22, 27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15,21-23 The theme of today’s readings is the nature of true religion. “They talk the talk, but they don’t walk the walk.” That is a good … Continue reading

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Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time – B

Jos 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b; Ps 34:2-3, 16-17, 18-19, 20-21; Eph 5:21-32; Jn 6:60-69 Five wise men got lost in the forest. The first one said:– I will go to the left – my intuition tells me that. The second one … Continue reading

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Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – B

Readings: Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab; Ps 45:10, 11, 12, 16; 1 Cor 15:20-27; Lk 1:39-56 Cardinal Newman, a Catholic convert had this to say about the Assumption of Mary: It was surely fitting, that she be taken up into heaven … Continue reading

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Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – B

Readings: 1 Kgs 19:4-8; Eph 4:30-5:2; Jn 6:41-51 “If God is the reason to live; then you will never have a reason to quit.” Jesus the Bread of Life that satisfies our spiritual hunger on our journey to eternal life … Continue reading

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