April 20 – Easter : New Life in Christ

April 18th, 2014

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Old Testament Readings and Psalms


             Genesis 1:1-2:4a and Psalm 136:1-9, 23-26

Genesis 7:1-5, 11-18; 8:6-18; 9:8-13 and Psalm 46

Genesis 22:1-18 and Psalm 16

Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21 and Exodus 15:1b-13, 17-18

Isaiah 55:1-11 and Isaiah 12:2-6

Baruch 3:9-15, 3:32-4:4 or Proverbs 8:1-8, 19-21; 9:4b-6 and Psalm 19

Ezekiel 36:24-28 and Psalm 42, 43

Ezekiel 37:1-14 and Psalm 143

Zephaniah 3:14-20 and Psalm 98

 

New Testament Reading and Psalm

 

Romans 6:3-11 and Psalm 114

Gospel

Matthew 28:1-10

 

The Significance of Jesus’ resurrection today is that it offers for all believers the hope of a new life here and now. Yes, we will all rise from the dead one day and share in eternal glory. But, even today, here and now we experience the power of Easter glory, the effects of Jesus’ rising from the dead. Every time we suffer a defeat, fail in some exam, are plagued by some crippling disease, we experience a bit of death. But if we believe in the presence of the risen Jesus in our midst, we will discover new dreams to pursue, new challenges to take on and new reasons to try again. Every time we are overwhelmed by problems, discouraged by disappointments or beset by worries, we are diminished in some way. But if we believe in the real power of the risen Christ, we will find that the impossible becomes possible and the unreachable becomes reachable. We all testify to the power of the Resurrection among us when we don’t let evil and death get the better of us but let the way of Jesus triumph in our lives through faith, hope and love. The Risen Jesus we encounter in the Eucharist is our strength to live the significance of Easter: to transform sorrow into joy, defeat into victory, despair into hope, darkness into light, hatred into love and the tomb of death into freedom of life. May the Risen Christ who came forth from the tomb on Easter enable us to shake off the fetters of evil and sin and give us the grace to live with him. Amen. 

 

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April 18 - Good Friday : Cross - the sign of God’s love

April 16th, 2014

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First Reading         :  Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Psalm                     : 
Psalm 22
Second Reading     : 
Hebrews 10:16-25
Gospel                    : 
John 18:1-19:42 

 

Sometimes we ask the question “where was God when his beloved Son was crucified ?”. St. Ignatius of Antioch speaks about the “passion of my God”. It tells us that the Father was personally involved in Christ’s suffering and that he actually participated in it. In the same way sometimes we are tempted to ask “Where was God when my son/daughter died?, Does God loves me? Does he really care for me? I challenge you to pick up your crucifix, look at the bruised and mangled body of Christ and still ask that question because back will come the answer loud and clear “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son”. Amen.

 

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April 17 - Holy Thursday : Divine Surrender

April 15th, 2014

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First Reading         :  Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14
Psalm                     : 
Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19
Second Reading     : 
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Gospel                    : 
John 13:1-17, 31b-35  

 

The mystery of Holy Thursday embraces the supreme, threefold gift of the ministry of the Priesthood, the Eucharist and the new Commandment of love. The Basic idea of the entire Holy Thursday Mass is contained in the symbolic sign of the washing of the feet of the disciples by Jesus. This is more than an act of service, although He himself tells them and us that we must imitate him. it points to the very nature of Jesus' redeeming life and work: it is not we who redeem ourselves by anything we do; it is Jesus proclaiming himself as the Saviour. We see Jesus emptying himself. Thus we are invited to participate in the mystery of (his) divine surrender.

 

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April 13 - Passion Sunday : Self-giving Sacrifice

April 9th, 2014

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First Reading         : Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm                     :
Psalm 31:9-16
Second Reading     :
Philippians 2:5-11
Gospel                    :
Matthew 26:14-27:66

 

Today we celebrate the Passion Sunday or the Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday is the great doorway leading into Holy Week, the week when the Lord Jesus makes his way towards the culmination of his earthly existence. He goes up to Jerusalem in order to fulfil the Scriptures and to be nailed to the wood of the Cross, the throne from which he will reign for ever, drawing to himself humanity of every age and offering to all the gift of redemption. During this week we are going to meditate what we hear today, in the passion Narrative, namely the life-giving death of Our Lord. He gave us everything and He had nothing more to give us. To what extent have I given Jesus everything that I have? What keeps me from giving Him everything?

 

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April 6 - Fifth Sunday in Lent : He is our Life

March 31st, 2014

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First Reading         : Ezekiel 37:1-14
Psalm                     :
Psalm 130
Second Reading     :
Romans 8:6-11
Gospel                    :
John 11:1-45

 

May be you just feel like Lazarus, dead to life, no energy, no trust in anyone, no faith in God. No matter what it is, remember, Jesus is able to give life and fill us with meaning. Jesus is waiting to roll away the stone that hides us from his sight, that hides us from God, that blocks our way to a rightful place in life. His power can give us life. Jesus is asking each and every one of us the same question he asked Martha and Mary, “Do you believe this?” What is your answer?

 

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March 30 - Fourth Sunday in Lent : Spiritual Blindness

March 26th, 2014

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First Reading         :
 1 Samuel 16:1-13
Psalm                     
Psalm 23
Second Reading     : 
Ephesians 5:8-14
Gospel                    :  
John 9:1-41


God’s ways of seeing are not our ways, we hear in today’s First Reading. Jesus illustrates this in the Gospel - as the blind man comes to see and the Pharisees are made blind. The blind man stands for all humanity. “Born totally in sin” he is made a new creation by the saving power of Christ. As God breathed the spirit of life into the first man, the blind man is not healed until he washes in the waters of Siloam, a name that means “Sent.” Jesus is the new source of life-giving water - the Holy Spirit who rushes upon us in Baptism (see John 4:10; 7:38-39). In the restful waters of Baptism He has refreshed our souls. He has anointed our heads with the oil of Confirmation and spread the Eucharistic table before us, filling our cups to overflowing. With the once-blind man we enter His house to give God the praise, to renew our vow : “I do believe, Lord.”

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March 23 - Third Sunday in Lent : Living Water

March 19th, 2014

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First Reading         :  Exodus 17:1-7
Psalm                     :
Psalm 95
Second Reading    : 
Romans 5:1-11
Gospel                   : 
John 4:5-42

 

We also have a thirst like the Samaritan woman. What is it that we are thirsting for? By our baptism we have been given the gift of faith and eternal life, but what steps do we have to take to live that life? Do we still thirst for material things, for bodily pleasures, for power or status? How can we let the waters that Jesus describes, quench that thirst in us? Jesus is the source of that water, and by going to Jesus we will find the help, the fullness, the refreshment we need. During this Lenten Season then, let us come to the well and meet Jesus there. He will give us living water, which is water that does not run out because it grows from within, and it quenches our deepest thirst – the thirst for God - “My soul thirsts for God, the living God!” And this is the Good News of today.

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March 16 - Second Sunday in Lent : Transfiguration

March 12th, 2014

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First Reading         :  Genesis 12:1-4a
Psalm                     :  Psalm 121
Second Reading    :  Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
Gospel                   : 
John 3:1-17 or Matthew 17:1-9

The transfiguration of Jesus offers the disciples an ever fuller glimpse of who Jesus is and what he will do. The shadow of the Cross and the imminent suffering and death were always before the eyes of Jesus. The disciples too must become sharers in His Cross. The transfiguration experience provided them an extraordinary strength to face the future. The disciple who witnessed the heavenly glory must also witness his earthly agony at Gethsemane. That is the same for us: suffering and glory are both a call and a gift. 

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March 9 - First Sunday in Lent: Overcoming Temptation

March 5th, 2014

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First Reading         :  Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
Psalm                     : 
Psalm 32
Second Reading    : 
Romans 5:12-19
Gospel                   : 
Matthew 4:1-11

 

Today on the 1st Sunday of Lent we are taken into the desert. When Jesus was baptized he realized his new identity (of being God’s Son) and the mission for which God had sent him (to save mankind through the way of the Cross). Now in the desert the devil tries to test both Jesus’ Identity and Mission. The devil is trying to make Jesus doubt of His identity as the divine Son and propose three easy ways to achieve His Mission. The first temptation is the proposal to give into “pleasure”instead of the Cross. The second temptation is the proposal to be addicted topower and popularity and the third temptation is the proposal to be greedy forwealth. Jesus did not displease God and loose his Sonship. He chose the narrow road of the Cross to bring us salvation.

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March 2 - Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time : Do Not be anxious

February 27th, 2014

 First Reading          Is  49:14-15
Psalm                      :  Psalm 62:2-2,6-7,8-9
Second Reading    : 
1 Chor 4:1-5
Gospel                    :  Matthew 6:24-34

 

We are by nature prone to be anxious and troubled about many things. In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus confronts us with our most common fears. We are anxious mostly about how we will meet our material needs—for food and drink; for clothing; for security for tomorrow. Yet in seeking security and comfort, we may unwittingly be handing ourselves over to servitude to “mammon,” Jesus warns. “Mammon” is an Aramaic word that refers to money or possessions. Jesus is not condemning wealth. Nor is he saying that we shouldn't work to earn our daily bread or to make provisions for our future. It is a question of priorities and goals. What are we living for? Where is God in our lives? Jesus insists that we need only to have faith in God and to trust in his Providence.

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