33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,  Today’s gospel is a bit scary. Jesus tells us, “In those days after the tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken…” When we hear of these sorts of things, what immediately comes to mind is the end of the world. The end of the world, as we would imagine it, would be the destruction of the physical world, the world in which we live. Also, Jesus tells us that “this generation will not
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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

Dear Parishioners, The widow in the gospel gives “all she had to live on”.  In other words (and closer to the original Greek) she gave “all her living”.  This sacrifice deeply affects Jesus and he makes sure that his disciples understand the lesson.   What is the lesson?  Give your all to God, everything counts. Jesus looks at the intention in which we give.  It is the quality of the offering that counts and not the quantity. The more that our actions are done in a spirit of sacrifice and love, the more they count in God’s eyes.   In
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31st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

Dear Parishioners, The Lord is in His holy temple, let all the earth keep silence before Him.”  Habakkuk 2:20 There is a longing in the human soul for stillness, rest, and quiet.  There are certain environments which allow this longing to come to fruition.  Three things that come to mind: a private room in your house, nature, and the church.  In this reflection I would like to focus on the third – the church as a place of silence.   As we prepare for the consecration to Mary and with Advent just around the corner it is a good time
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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners, This Sunday we are shown the transformation in the life of a blind beggar at the entrance of Jericho. We meet him in his usual “sitting” position, quite unable to fully participate in the activities of his day, literally marginalized, at the side of the road. His only source of “power” was his voice, and we can tell that he really knew how to use it. Nobody succeeded in quietening him down. And it was “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!” that he was shouting at the top of his lungs! Jesus stopped. This man was
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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

A Parish “Take Home” Retreat Since the first week that I was named parish priest, the Lord has put on my heart to lead the parish to do a 33 day retreat, and in the end to Consecrate ourselves to our Lord through the hands of Mary. When I realised that this is the 50thanniversary of the construction of our Church, it struck me that that we should celebrate these 50 years in a way that would really please God, by making a communal act of consecration. A point that is important to consider is that this is part of
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28th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

Dear Parishioners “Such, O my soul, are the miseries that attend on riches. They are gained with toil and kept with fear. They are enjoyed with danger and lost with grief. It is hard to be saved if we have them; and impossible if we love them; and scarcely can we have them, but we shall love them inordinately. Teach us, O Lord, this difficult lesson: to manage conscientiously the goods we possess, and not covetously desire more than you give to us.” (St. Augustine, Letter 203) To not speak about how God must enter our bank accounts would be
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27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners, Tertullian, a father of Church (160 AD – 220AD), in a letter to his wife wrote the following about marriage: “Where are we to find language adequately to express the happiness of the marriage which the Church cements, the oblation confirms, the benediction signs and seal, the angels celebrate, and the Father holds as approved? For all around the earth young people do not rightly and lawfully wed without their parents’ consent. What kind of yoke is that of two believers who share one hope, one desire, one discipline, one service? They enjoy kinship in spirit and in
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26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

Dear Parishioners In this Sunday’s gospel Jesus does not speak lightly.  In fact, our Lord is using hyperbole in order to stress important truths: avoid creating scandal and do whatever it takes to avoid sin. Yes, the Lord is slow to anger and full of compassionate, merciful love.  Mercy and justice go together and are both found in God.  Love demands both mercy and justice and because of this great love our Lord tells us how important it is that we avoid leading others to sin: “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it
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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

Dear Parishioners “Observe a tree, how it first tends downwards, that it may then shoot forth upwards. It fastens its root low in the ground, that it may send forth its top towards heaven. Is it not from humility that it endeavors to rise? But without humility it will not attain to higher things. You are wanting to grow up into the air without a root. Such is not growth, but a collapse.” (St Augustine, The Gospel of John, Sermon 38) Theroots of the soul are in humility, the roots of discipleship are servanthood. St Gregory of Nyssa explains: “Let vanity
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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

Dear Parishioners, I have chosen three passages from this Sunday’s readings to show how we take up where we left off last Sunday. Do you remember last Sunday’s Gospel? In its conclusion the crowd was saying: “He has done all things well. He has made the deaf hear and the dumb speak“. Today we read in the first reading from Isaiah: “The Lord has opened my ear.” In the Gospel Jesus says: ” ‘But you, who do you say I am?‘ ” and Peter responds “You are the Christ”. Without an open ear there is no way Peter would know what to say
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