23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

‘‘If any man comes to me without hating his father, mother, wife, children, brothers, sisters, yes and his own life too, he cannot be my disciple. Anyone who does not carry his cross and come after me cannot be my disciple: (Luke 14,26) How many people who heard those words have not been shocked by their radical and unreasonable demand? If we did not receive the gift of “faith” at baptism from the Holy Spirit, we could easily say to Jesus: “Who do you think you are?!” And even if we know that Jesus is not a guru or another spiritual
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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Do we not all desire a world where there are no wars, no sufferings, no sadness, and no separation within the family? What then do we do in our own family and in our relationships with others to bring forgiveness, reconciliation and peace? The Holy Spirit reveals to us the cause of all evils in the world: PRIDE! Let us hear it again from Ecclesiastes along with the remedy to pride: a true humility! “The greater you are, the more you should behave humbly, and then you will find favour with the Lord; for great though the power of the Lord is, he
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21st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

What do you think is the worst thing on earth? For some people it may be to be betrayed by a friend, for some, to have a breakdown in their marriage, for others, to fail exams repeatedly or it to lose a job with little hope of finding another one. Yet, what could be worse after our death when we knock at the door of Heaven asking: “Lord, open to us,” than hearing Jesus say to us: “I do not know where you come from”. (Luke 13,25) Indeed, there cannot be greater suffering than to be forever separated from God since
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Solemnity of The Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary

The Gospel for today’s feast from St Luke relates to the visitation of Mary to Elizabeth. It’s interesting that the Church has chosen this Gospel to celebrate the Assumption, but it’s because of her Magnificat. We are meant to hear the Magnificat of Mary in heaven glorifying God. “My soul glorifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.” At the end of her earthly pilgrimage Mary was assumed body and soul to heaven without knowing corruption. While on earth her one desire was to see and love God and be with him for eternity. Now her whole being sings
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19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Our Gospel for today is taken from Chapter 12 of St Luke, and it is of fundamental spiritual significance. So it behoves us to reflect upon it with care. Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it has pleased your Father to give you the kingdom.”  According to the Bible the most basic spiritual problem is fear. We are afraid, so we cling to our prerogatives and ourselves… But here we have the Son of God telling us not to be afraid. Why? “Because it has pleased the Father to give you the kingdom.”  If this
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18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Our first reading today is from the book of Ecclesiastes. It is written in the voice of Qoheleth, a Hebrew word which means preacher or assemblyman. Qoheleth is identified traditionally as Solomon, who was the wisest man in the world. So here we have what are offered to us as reflections on terrific wisdom. “Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth. All is vanity”! This is an old man, a king at that, who has seen it all. He has experienced everything the world has to offer and he says that all is in vain. All our accomplishments, our achievements, all that we
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17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

The Gospel for today is a great moment for in it the Son of God teaches us how to pray. He is not just a guru, a spiritual teacher, or religious genius, but the Son of God himself. This is why Christians take the ‘Our Father’ as the model for all prayer. A desire to pray is planted deep within us because prayer just means the conscious desire to communicate with God. We can neglect to pray or become lazy in prayer but we can never really lose it because we are ‘wired’ for God. We are his children whom
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16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

I want to concentrate today on one line from the second reading: “I rejoice now in the sufferings I bear for your sake; and what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ I fill up in my flesh for his body, which is the Church…” (Colossians 1:24) That St Paul suffered a great deal is attested to frequently in his letters. He was beaten, imprisoned many times, shipwrecked, and rejected by his own people, and finally he was put to death. But here he is telling us he rejoices in his sufferings because somehow they are joined to the sufferings of
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15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

How do we read the parable of the Good Samaritan? Do we read it with indifference or by questioning our own attitude when we meet someone in need “The Gospel parable recounted by Saint Luke is part of a series of scenes and events taken from daily life by which Jesus helps us to understand the deep love of God for every human being, especially those afflicted by sickness or pain. With the concluding words of the parable of the Good Samaritan, “Go and do likewise” (Lk 10:37), the Lord also indicates the attitude that each of his disciples should have towards
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14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Gospel: Luke 10,1-12,17-20) Sometimes, we priests hear people say to us: “You have a hard job” or “It is part of your job to do this”. I often react very strongly to the word “job” because the life of Jesus and that of a priest is much more than that. Who has ever spoken about the “job “of Jesus? Jesus said that he is sent by the Father.  He had a mission rather than a job. The mission of Jesus ended on the cross with the sacrifice of his life to his Father and for us. Is this sacrifice a
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