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5th Sunday of Lent - C, 7th April 2019

5th Sunday of Lent - C, 7th April 2019

The central theme of today’s readings is a merciful God’s steadfast love. The readings remind us of God’s readiness to forgive sin, give the sinner a second chance, bind up broken lives, and restore people to His friendship. In the same manner, it also challenge us to show the same mercy to the sinners around us and to live as forgiven people, actively seeking reconciliation with God and with one another…..

4th Sunday of Lent - C, 31st March 2019

4th Sunday of Lent - C, 31st March 2019

The readings for today invite us to rejoice by being reconciled with God through repentance and the confession of our sins and by celebrating our coming home to be with our loving and forgiving God….

3rd Sunday of Lent - C, 24th March 2019

3rd Sunday of Lent - C, 24th March 2019

When misfortune strikes people considered to be sinners, others might say: They had it coming! God is punishing them! Today’s Gospel explains how God disciplines His people, invites them to repent of their sins, to renew their lives, and to produce the fruits of the Holy Spirit…..

2nd Sunday of Lent - C, 17th March 2019

2nd Sunday of Lent - C, 17th March 2019

The common theme of today’s readings is metamorphosis or transformation. In the Gospel, Jesus is revealed as a glorious figure, superior to Moses and Elijah. The primary purpose of Jesus’ Transfiguration was to allow Him to consult his Heavenly Father….

1st Sunday of Lent - C, 10th March 2019

1st Sunday of Lent - C, 10th March 2019

Lent begins with a reflection on the Temptation of Jesus in the wilderness. Jesus temptation as described in the Gospels are pictorial and dramatic representations of the inner struggle against a temptation that Jesus experienced throughout his public life. The devil was trying to prevent Jesus from accomplishing his mission of saving mankind from the bondage of sin, mainly through a temptation to become the political Messiah of Jewish expectations, and to use his Divine power first for his own convenience and then to avoid suffering and death….

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....

2nd Sunday of Lent - B, 25th February 2018

2nd Sunday of Lent - B, 25th February 2018

The common theme of today’s readings is metamorphosis or transformation. The readings invite us to cooperate with the grace of God with the assistance of the Holy Spirit to transform our lives, by renewing them during Lent and to radiate the grace of the transfigured Lord around us by our Spirit-filled lives....

1st Sunday of Lent - B, 17th February 2018

1st Sunday of Lent - B, 17th February 2018

The primary purpose of Lent is to prepare us for the celebration of Jesus’ death and Resurrection. The Church tries to achieve this goal, leading her children to metanoia or true “repentance” by the reordering of their priorities and the changing of their values, ideals and ambitions, through fasting, prayer and self-control. Since by Baptism we share the death and....

4th Sunday of Lent - A, 26th March 2017

4th Sunday of Lent - A, 26th March 2017

The gospel this week invited us on a faith journey with a man born blind and with the different groups of participants in the drama. All have the opportunity of coming to faith. Not all accept the invitation...

3rd Sunday of Lent - A, 19th March 2017

3rd Sunday of Lent - A, 19th March 2017

Three weeks into Lent, the liturgy invites us to take a faith journey in the company of a courageous outsider, an unnamed woman from a despised religious group...

2nd Sunday of Lent - A, 12th March 2017

2nd Sunday of Lent - A, 12th March 2017

Last week’s gospel invited us into a confronting habitat, namely the wilderness. This week, we follow Jesus and three of his companions to a mountain and eventually a cloud-covered mountain. Both wilderness and mountain link Matthew’s story of Jesus with the story of the Israelites of old....

1st Sunday of Lent - A, 5th March 2017

1st Sunday of Lent - A, 5th March 2017

Lent calls us to reject the path of domination or greed or status so that, like Jesus, we may be truly “of God”. Lent comes around each year and presents us with its usual challenge to take stock of our lives, to see more clearly what is in our hearts, and to discover what might be calling us out of our comfort zones. It is a time for personal as well as group reflection, a time for entering into the “wilderness” and grappling..... 

5th Sunday of Lent - C, 13th March 2016

5th Sunday of Lent - C, 13th March 2016

Today’s Gospel demonstrates in a particular and dramatic way the quality and extent of divine forgiveness. The sin may be terrible but sinners are always loved....

4th Sunday of Lent - C, 6th March 2016

4th Sunday of Lent - C, 6th March 2016

Take a moment to look at your fingerprint. Experts say it is unique. You share it with no one who lives or has ever lived. Let is remind you that God wanted you, specifically you, to come into this world. And let it remind you that our loving God grieves for you, when you hurt, and misses you, specifically you, when you turn away.....