First Sunday of Advent (Year A)

Dear Parishioners,  “The hour has come for you to arise from your sleep… the night is almost over, it will be daylight soon. Let us cast aside the works of darkness and put on the armour of light!” In the second reading St Paul describes the whole of human history as a long night to be succeeded by an eternal day. The world at large conceives of this night as all there is, and as such it sleeps. But while living in this night Christians have received in Christ a light that enables them to begin to awake. They can
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Our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe (Year C)

Dear Parishioners, The Church closes the year with the Feast of Christ the King. The kingdom of God is the kingdom of the Father’s only son, Jesus, whom we contemplate today on the cross, giving His life for the world. He is mocked and treated like an evil man, an impostor, a total fraud. He dies among thieves and one of them has a most unusual attitude of faith and hope in a situation of utter despair. Isn’t it quite amazing to see the way the Gospel today presents us the kingship of Our Lord? We’re privy to a theological
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Thirty third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Dear parishioners As we come upon the season of Advent the readings speak of the end times where God will bring his “judgment” on the world.  Should we be afraid of God’s judgment upon the world?  Should we be afraid of his judgment on our lives?  Yes and no.  The biblical imagery of God’s judgment is filled with hope, but at the same time it is full of terrifying imagery.   What is “God’s judgment” after all?  When someone judges well, they judge in truth.  God who is truth itself knows everything and judges perfectly.  The truth of our lives
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32nd Sunday Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Dear parishioners The power of the resurrection is more than we could ever hope for or imagine.  The resurrection comes from the very life of God and we are all meant to live this life – yes, already on earth.  In Christ we share the very life of God.  This life is a continual source, a continual ‘generating’ of life.  Christ, by His resurrection showed us that this life conquers every evil, all sin, and even death itself.  Everything is swallowed up in life!  At the end of time when there is the bodily resurrection, then everything will be “all
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31st Sunday in Ordinary time (Year C)

Dear Parishioners, The feasts of All Saints and All Souls have ushered in the last month of the Church’s Year. In the Gospels Jesus is nearing the end of his pilgrimage, and as he does the Church turns our eyes towards two other ends, encompassed by his own: the end of each of our individual lives and beyond it the end of time itself. As we pray for all who have died before us over the month, the themes of death, judgment and resurrection will become more and more predominant in the readings. But before all this today’s readings set
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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Dear Parishioners, To be baptised is to be sent, as in sent out into the world. To be called (vocation) by God is to receive a mission. To be chosen and loved is to receive a responsibility to our brothers and sisters. There is a connection between the gift of God and His people. God is aiming at all of us even as He approaches one of us more closely. Always! We need only think of the Virgin Mary in order to understand that her privilege was a gift that was meant to enrich every single one of us. There
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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Dear Parishioners Today’s Gospel teaches us about perseverance in prayer.  What a lesson to learn! No matter how far we go in prayer and faith we will always need to pray for our own needs and those of others.  The more we pray the more we align ourselves with God and His will.  Persistence in prayer leads us to obtaining our deepest desire.    Our deepest desire is the treasure that awaits us.  It is nothing other than God himself.  So why must we wait? A Carthusian Monk wrote: “Why does God, who is love, keep us waiting? Because He
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28th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Dear Parishioners Today’s Gospel is important for our parish.  Ten lepers are healed. Leprosy kills the nerves and causes the flesh to die or rot. The lepers come to Jesus and they have to remain at a distance and cry out to Him in hope.  They ask for mercy, saying, “Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!”  Their sickness prevents them from approaching Jesus, but it is by the power of Jesus’ word in conjunction with their faith that they are healed. The first reading also speaks of a leper who is healed; this time it is through the prophet Elisha
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Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Dear Parishioners “Fan into a flame the gift that God has given you!” In the second reading, St Paul reminds us of the great gifts conferred on every Christian; gifts too often lying dormant in our souls through fear and inaction. We must revive the fire that is in us; for it is not a “Spirit of timidity” we were given, but a “Spirit of power, of love and of self-control.” Power, love and self-control: our power is found precisely in love, and yet this love is not an affair of passing emotions but a love committed and strengthened through
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Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Jesus Christ was rich, but he became poor for your sake, to make you rich out of his poverty. Dear parishioners, The parable of Lazarus and the rich man should urge us to seek ways to actively help those in most need. Of the many reasons why we should pay attention to our actions (or lack thereof), the one that perhaps stands out for being the most Christian is expressed by the following words of Jesus: “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”. Matthew 25:40. The poor remind us
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