15th Sunday in Ordinary Time - B, 15th July 2018

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time - B, 15th July 2018

The readings for this weekend remind us of our Divine adoption as God’s children and of our call to preach the Good News of Jesus by bearing witness to God’s love, mercy and salvation as revealed through Jesus. “God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world…..

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time - B, 8th July 2018

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time - B, 8th July 2018

Today’s readings introduce Jesus as a prophet and explain how prophets and other messengers from God inevitably suffer rejection. Today’s Scriptures challenge us to face rejection with prophetic courage and optimism….

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time - B, 1st July 2018

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time - B, 1st July 2018

The readings for today speak of the gift of life, both physical and spiritual, that God has given us. They urge and challenge us to be grateful for our health in body and soul and to use God’s gifts of life and health responsibly…

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time - B, 24th June 2018

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time - B, 24th June 2018

We celebrate the feast of John the Baptist's birth today because of John’s prominent role in the history of salvation as the forerunner of the Messiah. It was John the Baptist who prepared Israel to receive their long-awaited Messiah by preaching repentance….

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time - B, 17th June 2018

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time - B, 17th June 2018

Today’s readings are about the birth and growth of the reign or rule of the Kingdom of God, in human lives and about the gigantic growth of the Church from very humble beginnings. Both growths are slow and mysterious, guided by the power of the Holy Spirit….

10th Sunday in Ordinary Time - B, 10th June 2018

10th Sunday in Ordinary Time - B, 10th June 2018

JESUS SUFFERINGS GIVE US COURAGE AND OPTIMISM

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The readings for today give the name “sin” to our offenses against God. When we sin -- violate God’s Commandments -- we distance ourselves from Him; when we refuse, or fear, to admit our sins, we deny ourselves God’s freely offered pardon and forgiveness.
Putting evil in its place and naming sin for what it is, Jesus reminds us in today’s Gospel, that sin and evil must be confronted whether it is in ourselves, our relatives, our friends or our enemies. The Gospel passage reveals how Jesus himself was misunderstood by his own relatives and was criticized, slandered and rejected by the Sanhedrin-led scribes and Pharisees. His sufferings for us give us courage and his offer of healing, strength and forgiveness, so that we can do as he did when we face unfair treatment and criticism in our lives.
Today’s Scriptures challenge us to face rejection with prophetic courage and optimism. Very often our friends, families, or childhood companions fail to listen to us and refuse to accept the words of grace, love and encouragement that we offer to them because they are too familiar with us. But we have to face such rejection with prophetic courage because by our Baptism we are called to be prophets like Jesus, sharing his prophetic mission. As prophets, our task is to speak out the truth and oppose the evils in our society without condoning or encouraging sinful behavior even in our dear ones.

Excerpted from the homily of Fr Tony Kadavil available at http://stjohngrandbay.org/.

The Most Holy Trinity - B, 27th May 2018

The Most Holy Trinity - B, 27th May 2018

The mystery of the most Holy Trinity is a basic doctrine of Faith in Christianity, understandable not with our heads but with our hearts. It teaches us that there are three distinct Persons in one God, sharing the same Divine Nature. Our mind cannot grasp this doctrine which teaches…

Pentecost Sunday - B, 20th May 2018

Pentecost Sunday - B, 20th May 2018

Pentecost marks the end and the goal of the Easter season. For Christians, it is a memorial of the day the Holy Spirit descended on the apostles and the Virgin Mary in the form of fiery tongues, an event that took place fifty days after the Resurrection of Jesus. The feast also…

The Ascension of the Lord - B, 13th May 2018

The Ascension of the Lord - B, 13th May 2018

Today’s readings describe the Ascension of the Lord Jesus into his Heavenly glory after promising his disciples the Holy Spirit as their source of Heavenly power and commanding…

6th Sunday of Easter - B 6th May 2018

6th Sunday of Easter - B 6th May 2018

Today’s Scripture passages declare the profound truth that those who believe in Christ are to obey his commandment of love – “Love others as I have loved you”…

5th Sunday of Easter - B 29th April 2018

5th Sunday of Easter - B 29th April 2018

Today’s Scripture selections emphasize the need for Christians to abide in Christ as a condition for producing fruits of kindness, mercy, charity and holiness….

4th Sunday of Easter - B, 22nd April 2018

4th Sunday of Easter - B, 22nd April 2018

Though few shepherds remain in our modern world, the image of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, continues to bring comfort to us. It reminds us that we are not alone. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, watches over us always. He lays down his life for us. He leads us to pasture, to water, to safety. He searches for us when we stray and bandages our wounds.....

3rd Sunday of Easter - B, 15th April 2018

3rd Sunday of Easter - B, 15th April 2018

The common theme of today’s readings is the challenge to adjust our lives to the living presence of the risen Lord as we grow daily more aware of God’s presence within us and all around us as the Holy Spirit. This awareness should strengthen our hope in His promises, bring us to true repentance for our sins and the renewal of our lives...

2nd Sunday of Easter - B, 8th April 2018

2nd Sunday of Easter - B, 8th April 2018

The readings for this Sunday are about God’s mercy, the necessity of trusting Faith and our need for the forgiveness of our sins. God revealed His mercy, first and foremost, in sending His only-begotten Son to become our Saviour and Lord through His suffering, death and... 

Easter Sunday - B, 1 st April 2018

Easter Sunday - B, 1 st April 2018

Easter is the greatest and the most important feast in the Church for three reasons: 1) The Resurrection of Christ is the basis of our Christian Faith. It is the greatest of the miracles, for it proves that Jesus is God. 2) Easter is the guarantee of our own resurrection.....

Palm Sunday -B, 25th March 2018

Palm Sunday -B, 25th March 2018

he Church celebrates today as both Palm Sunday and Passion Sunday Today’s liturgy combines contrasting moments of glory and suffering – the royal welcome given to Jesus by his followers and the unjust drama of his trial culminating in his crucifixion. Holy Week ....

5th Sunday of Lent - B, 18th March 2018

5th Sunday of Lent - B, 18th March 2018

Today’s readings focus on the approaching death of Jesus which Paul considers a priestly sacrifice and John considers the moment of Jesus’ "exaltation" and "glorification." The readings offer us a challenge....

4th Sunday of Lent - B, 11th March 2018

4th Sunday of Lent - B, 11th March 2018

The central theme of today’s readings is that our salvation is the free gift of a merciful God, given to us sinners through Jesus, His Son. The readings stress God’s mercy and compassion and remind us of the great love, kindness and grace extended to us in Christ...

3rd Sunday of Lent - B, 4th March 2018

3rd Sunday of Lent - B, 4th March 2018

Today’s readings from Holy Scripture teach us that Lent is the ideal time for cleaning out the Temple of our own hearts and to offer to God proper Divine worship by obeying the Ten Commandments. They also teach us that our New Covenant with God demands that we should keep our parish Church holy and our Divine worship vibrant by our active participation in the liturgy with hearts cleansed by repentance, and holy by allowing the Holy Spirit to control our hearts and lives....