SHEPHERDS OF THE LORD’S FLOCK

THEME: SHEPHERDS OF THE LORD’S FLOCK READINGS: Jeremiah 23:1-6/ Ephesians 2:13-18/ Mark 6:30-34 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time The imagery of a shepherd is very important in the history of the Israelites. They saw a shepherd as someone who was courageous to ward off wild beasts and to fight armed robbers who sometimes attacked them. …

THE GOSPEL IS NOT FOR SALE

THEME: THE GOSPEL IS NOT FOR SALE READINGS:  Amos 7:12-15/ Ephesians 1:3-14/ Mark 6:7-13 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time The prophet Amos declared that prophecy was his vocation but not his profession.  By profession, he was a shepherd and a farmer, but then God called him to prophesy to Israel (Amos 7:12-15).  Thus, Amos did not…

REJECTION OF GOD

THEME: REJECTION OF GOD READINGS:   Ezekiel 2:3-5/ 2 Corinthians 12:7-10/ Mark 6:1-6 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time “I am the Lord your God…. you shall have no other god besides me” (Exodus 20:1-3).  So important is this Law that it is given the first place – the pride of place – among the Ten Commandments…

GOD IS THE GIVER OF LIFE

THEME: GOD IS THE GIVER OF LIFE READINGS: Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24/ 2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15/ Mark 5:21-43 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time In the face of a life-threatening sickness, so many questions may arise.  In such a situation, even some Christians feel that God is very distant from them. Worse still is when we…

THE BIRTH OF THE GREAT PROPHET

THEME: THE BIRTH OF THE GREAT PROPHET READINGS: Isaiah 49:1-6 / Acts 13:22-26 / Luke 1:57-66, 80. Solemnity of the Birth of John the Baptist Today is the Solemn feast of the birth of St. John the Baptist, the forerunner of our Lord Jesus Christ. John the Baptist was a great prophet. Even before his…

THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN

THEME: THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN READINGS: Ezekiel 17:22-24/ 2 Corinthians 5:6-10/ Mark 4:26-34 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time The expression, ‘kingdom of God’ appears twice in today’s gospel reading.  In fact the ‘kingdom of God’ or ‘kingdom of heaven’ is the key message of the preaching of Jesus Christ.  He began his ministry with the…

DON’T REFUSE THE GRACE OF GOD’S FORGIVENESS

THEME: DON’T REFUSE THE GRACE OF GOD’S FORGIVENESS READINGS: Genesis 3:9-15/ 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1/ Mark 3:20-35 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time The first reading reminds us that by sin we fall short of God’s glory (Genesis 3:9-15). Whereas this could be disheartening, the second reading encourages us not to lose heart (2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1), because…

THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST

THEME: THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST READINGS: Exodus 24:3-8 / Hebrews 9:11-15 / Mark 14:12-16, 22-26 Solemnity of Corpus Christi INTRODUCTION The Latin expression ‘Corpus Christi’ means ‘the body of Christ’.  It is a short form of the expression ‘the body and blood of Jesus Christ’. In the Holy Eucharist or Holy Mass, we…

ONE GOD, THREE PERSONS

THEME: ONE GOD, THREE PERSONS READINGS: Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40/ Romans 8:14-17/ Matthew 28:16-20 Solemnity of the Holy Trinity BBC has an advert which runs like this: ‘The WORLD is a big place and your RADIO is small, only BBC can put the world in your radio.’  Similarly, the mystery of GOD is immeasurably great, whereas the…

FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT

THEME: FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT READINGS:  Acts 2:1-11/ Galatians 5:16-25/ John 15:26-27; 16:12-15 Pentecost Sunday At his baptism, the Spirit descended in the form of a dove; the same Spirit led him to the desert where Jesus fasted and was tempted (Luke 4:1-12); and he returned to Nazareth filled with the same Spirit (Luke…

ETERNAL LIFE ASSURANCE

THEME: ETERNAL LIFE ASSURANCE READINGS: Acts 1:15–17, 20–26 / 1 John 4:11–16/ John 17:11–19 7th Sunday of Easter INTRODUCTION Beloved, Jesus did not bequeath to us any material inheritance (e.g. land, house, car), for it could be stolen, misused, destroyed or litigated. Rather, he left eternal life, an everlasting happy life in heaven as our…

LED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT!

THEME: LED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT! READINGS: Acts 10:25–26, 34–35, 44–48 / 1 John 4:7–10/ John 15: 9–17 6th Sunday of Easter Coming Thursday will be the solemn feast of the Ascension of the risen Lord Jesus Christ.  On that solemn day, our Lord assured the Apostles of the empowerment by the Holy Spirit (Acts…