Today we celebrate Pentecost. It is also commonly known as the birthday of the Church as we are all sent to proclaim the Good News from hereon. In the Gospel, Jesus appears to his disciples after His death and says "“Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” And … Continue reading Happy Birthday Church!
Today we celebrate World Communication Sunday. The Pope's message this year is to "come and see". "I would like to devote this Message to the invitation to “come and see”, which can serve as an inspiration for all communication that strives to be clear and honest, in the press, on the internet, in the Church’s … Continue reading World Communication Sunday
Today is Mother's Day, and it is appropriate that the Gospel reminds of God's Love. For most of us, our earthly mothers are the first reflections of God's love for us. They are self-sacrificing and do everything they can to will our good. Following the command Jesus says "This is my commandment, that you love … Continue reading God is Love
In today's Gospel, Jesus says “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. This is a well known analogy for us to remind ourselves that we are … Continue reading True Vine
Today the Church celebrates Vocation Sunday. The homilist reminds us to pray for more vocations to the religious life to gather more shepherds to guide the faithful in their spiritual journeys. Just as in today's Gospel, "The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He who is a hireling and not a shepherd, whose … Continue reading Vocation Sunday
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