In today's Gospel, the homilist reminds us that Jesus lays a foundation on how we celebrate our masses. The scene is when Jesus appears to some of His disciples after His resurrection and they are all initially spooked about it as if they have seen a ghost. But He calms them down saying “Why are … Continue reading Eucharistic celebration
The Church celebrates Divine Mercy Sunday, the Sunday after Easter. And this is one of the newer feast days which were instituted in modern times. You can find out more about this devotion here, starting with learning the pray the chaplet. Today, the homilist reminds us that mercy is needed in our societies as there … Continue reading Divine Mercy Sunday
Happy Easter to you! In this Sunday's Gospel, we read about the circumstances around Jesus resurrection. It is a familiar story. The stone is rolled away. The tomb is empty. As we also end our forty days of Lenten sacrifices and purification, our bodies and minds also heave a sigh of relief. A weight is … Continue reading Arise!
Today is Palm Sunday and the Gospel recounts the trial of Jesus. You can pick up elements of our flawed humanity and governance systems in the account as I was reminded by the homilist. Here are some of the issues I find pertinent: Fake news - The Pharisees were more interested in preserving their own … Continue reading Jesus’ trial
In this Sunday's Gospel, Jesus says "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit." He was preaching about dying to self, and he went on to say "He who loves his life loses it, and … Continue reading Dying to self
Today is Laetare Sunday - It is the midpoint of Lent and a Sunday of joyful expectation of Easter and the renewal of His Spirit given to us at our Baptism. The homilist reminds us that Lent is not just about giving up things and sacrificing. From this point on, we should focus our gaze … Continue reading Lifted up
Many people ask how can they discern God's will in their life decisions. This is a truly important question if we are trying to live our lives according to His will in the first place, because we need to know what He wants us to do in specific situations. While I'm certain there are prophetic … Continue reading Freed
In this Sunday's Gospel, we read of Jesus one and only incident where He gets angry and chases the merchants and money-changers and animals out of the temple of Jerusalem. His disciples remember scripture which said "Zeal for thy house will consume me". What they did not know at that time was that this is … Continue reading Zeal for thy house
Today in the Second Sunday of Lent, the Gospel recounts to us the transfiguration of our Lord. The homilist enlightens us that this Gospel by Mark is against an epiphany Christology. What this means is that we shouldn't focus too much on the glory and miracles of Jesus culminating in the Transfiguration. He says St … Continue reading No cross, no crown!
This is the first Sunday in Lent and the Gospel tells us that the Spirit drove Jesus into the desert for forty days before he began his ministry that would eventually lead him to death and resurrection. Similarly for us, we need to use these forty days of Lent to go deep into the inner … Continue reading Inner desert