23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - B, 9th September 2018

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - B, 9th September 2018

Today’s readings offer us God’s invitation to become humble instruments of healing in Jesus’ hands by giving voice to the voiceless and caring love to the needy and the marginalized in our society. The readings also invite us to open our ears to hear the word of God and to let our tongues be loosened by the Holy Spirit to convey the Good News of God’s love and salvation to others….

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time - B, 2nd September 2018

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time - B, 2nd September 2018

Today’s readings explain what true religion is. It is not simply a scrupulous, external observance of rules, laws, traditions and rituals. It is a loving, obedient relationship with God expressed in obeying His Commandments, worshipping Him, recognizing His presence in other human beings and rendering them loving and humble service….

21st Sunday in Ordinary TIme - B, 26th August 2018

21st Sunday in Ordinary TIme - B, 26th August 2018

Today’s readings stress the fact that the Holy Eucharist, the perfect fulfillment of the symbol of the manna in the Old Testament, is the Food that gives us life forever. In last Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus declared that the bread he gives is his Flesh….

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time -B, 12th August 2018

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time -B, 12th August 2018

We are living in a world where people of all races and creeds hunger more for spiritual sustenance than for physical food. In response to the spiritual hunger of people in his own day, and to us as well, Jesus proclaims himself as the new and perfect manna, ….

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time - B, 5th August 2018

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time - B, 5th August 2018

Today’s readings challenge us to be more concerned with spiritual food than physical food and to get our spiritual food regularly from the word of God and from the Holy Eucharist – the Heavenly Bread, because only God can satisfy the various forms of our spiritual hunger….

17th Sunday on Ordinary Time - B, 29th July 2018

17th Sunday on Ordinary Time - B, 29th July 2018

Today’s readings invite us to become humble instruments in God’s hands by sharing our blessings with our needy brothers and sisters. They are about hunger and food and about how we can satisfy the deeper hunger of our life….

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time - B 22nd July 2018

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time - B 22nd July 2018

Today’s readings explain how God, like a good shepherd, redeems His people and provides for them. They also challenge us to use our God-given authority in the family, in the Church and in society, with fidelity and responsibility….

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”…