13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

What is our personal understanding of “freedom”? Is freedom being able to do whatever we want according to our feelings, the way we want, when we want, where we want and with whom we want? Let us be honest…this is a widely held concept of freedom characterising our modern time, perhaps even more than in the past. Yet, how can we discover what true human freedom is and how we exercise it? How do atheists understand the meaning of human existence and freedom? How does Jesus want us to understand what true freedom is? Jean Paul Sartre, a very well
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12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

In today’s Gospel, Jesus asks his disciples and each one of us two questions: “Who do people say I am? Who do you say I am?” (Luke 9,19-20) To the millions of young people gathered in Rome for the World Youth Day in the year 2000 Saint John Paul II asked: “What is the meaning of this dialogue? Why does Jesus want to know what people think about him? Why does he want to know what his disciples think about him? Jesus wants his disciples to become aware of what is hidden in their own minds and hearts and to
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11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Who among us can say in truth: “I have never committed adultery nor had adulterous thoughts”, or “I have never spoken about someone in a negative way”? If we have sinned gravely against God or against our neighbour, how will God act toward us? King David has committed two grave sins. He caught side of a married woman from his palace, desired it and committed adultery with her. He committed a second and even graver sin by bringing about the death of her husband. He had him placed in the most dangerous combat zone so that he would be killed
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Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

10th Sunday (Year C) “Jesus went to a town called Nain, accompanied by his disciples and a great number of people. When he was near the gate of the town it happened that a dead man was being carried out for burial, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow.” (Luke 7,11…) What is the situation of that poor woman? She is a widow and she lost her only son.  with a heart so broken, what reason may she have to continue to live? Jesus, like some of us perhaps, could have said to her: “Be courageous,
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Corpus Christi Sunday: Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

Is it not a joy for us as Catholics to celebrate the great mystery of the body and blood of Christ in a solemn way? Is it also, not a great opportunity to askourselves how much we believe in the substantial presence of Jesus,  in the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, the sign of his infinite love for his Father and for us? Today, it is a joy for our parish community to see a group of children from our school receiving Jesus for the first time in the Holy Sacrament. It is good for us to reflect on how
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Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Here are some questions to open our intelligence to the greatest mystery of our Christian Faith, the “secret” of God par excellence! Where can we find the revelations that God exists as one God yet in three divine persons? Can human beings participate in some ways in the life of the Holy Trinity? How can we understand the relationship wanted by God between the Holy Trinity and the human family?  In regard to the first question, we can find the answer in the Prologue of St John among several passages: -“In the Principle was the Word, and the Word was
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Pentecost Sunday (Year C)

What is the meaning of this historical event that is called Pentecost and why should it affect our life today? Ten days before Pentecost, Jesus at the moment of his Ascension said to them“You shall receive the power from the Holy Spirit coming upon you, and you shall be mywitnesses unto me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1.8). After ten days of “retreat” with the Blessed Virgin Mary praying with them and for them, Jesus’ promise was fulfilled: “When Pentecost day came round (the 50th day after
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Sunday of the Ascension of the Lord

There is a man who had an interesting life… He was conceived from a Virgin mother and the Holy Spirit. He was born in a stable for animals; many innocent babies were killed because of him. He spent 30 years working with his father as a carpenter. He never ceased praying, adoring God the Father, no matter what he was doing. He was never resentful or greedy, neither jealous nor selfish. He lived a humble life filled with silence and charity for everyone. When he was twelve years old and without telling his parents, he disappeared for three days. They
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 5th Sunday of Easter: Reflection

During these weeks of the Easter season we hear a lot about St Paul as we are reading from the Acts of the Apostles. What was the central message that Paul preached when he made his way into synagogues or when he preached on the streets. What did he teach? Well, you can sum it up in with these words; ‘… live in Christ Jesus.’ Paul saw himself as a Jew who received the fulfilment of promises made to Israel. Even the most dispassionate reading of the Old Testament reveals that it’s a book of expectation, of hope, and of
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