Fifth Sunday in Easter (Year C)

Dear Parishioners,  “Now has the Son of Man been glorified, and God has been glorified in him.” What has just happened that Jesus should talk this way? These words which open today’s Gospel place us back on Holy Thursday, after the Last Supper, and immediately after Judas’s departure. In both of these things his Passion is already present. The betrayal of Judas sets in motion Jesus’s death but it is the love of God driving him to make of himself an offering for our salvation which is the true cause. This love has already been manifested in a hidden way
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Fourth Sunday of Easter (Year C)

Considering Diocesan Priesthood. Over the past couple of weeks Vatican Astronomer Br Guy Consolmagno SJ has been on a speaking tour of New Zealand. As expected he spoke of science and astronomy, but audiences were even more captivated when he reflected on life and love, hope and freedom, and of how his commitment to following Jesus Christ has enabled him to have even greater influence as an astronomer.  He was talking about the default human relationship between “outer space” and “inner space”. Most people make life choices without robust and honest consideration of their inner, personal, spiritual unique reality and
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Third Sunday of Easter (Year C)

Dear Parishioners Do you love the Lord?  Every human being is made for the love of God.  We are created to be loved by Him, to love Him in return, and to love all of his creation, especially our fellow brothers and sisters.  In the gospel today we see Peter restored from his three-fold denial by his three-fold affirmation.   And we see Christ telling him three times to look after his sheep.  Here we see the love of God and the love of neighbor merge together. What happened to Peter as the head of the Church is meant for
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Easter Sunday of The Resurrection of The Lord

Dear parishioners  It is quite impossible to comprehend the range of emotions that the disciples of Jesus moved through over the days of his final suffering, crucifixion and resurrection. Such heights and depths of emotional trauma and joy cannot be imagined. They must be experienced, and such experience is the key to understanding the Easter event. Christian faith did begin with an actual and real historical event: God became human in Jesus (the Incarnation). In Jesus, God lived and breathed, he walked and worked. He loved and was loved. He was hated and suffered. Jesus was put to death as
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Palm Sunday of The Passion of The Lord

Dear parishioners Today we take up our palms as we re-live the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. The crowds acclaim him as the Messiah, the long awaited King. During the years of his ministry Jesus had refused the title, but now as he enters the Holy City, five days before his Passion, he accepts it: knowing that very soon they will see of what his Kingship truly consists: “I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.” (Jn 12:32) Raised high on the cross for our sins, God wants to rule by the
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Fifth Sunday in Lent (Year C)

Dear Parishioners, So we arrive at the last week of Lent! We complete the 40 days on Palm Sunday. Then we shall begin the most important week of our lives! Every year, Holy Week becomes the most important week of our lives and we must not forget that, even though we will not get a break from our busy schedules. The Lord will be entering His final moments on earth, as His Will to obey the Father will be challenged by his enemies in a fight that admits no quarters. We celebrate His lack of compromise with evil, even as
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Fourth Sunday of Lent (Year C)

Dear parishioners Today’s gospel is usually entitled “The Prodigal Son”, however, the parable is more about who the Father is, rather than the son.  In this parable we discover the heart of God the Father; how he relates not just to his wayward son, but rather two of his sons who have gone wrong.   The first son rebels against the father.  He must be feeling that his father and his father’s house is an obstacle to his freedom.  So, he rebels, asks for an early inheritance, lives for fleeting pleasures, and is found empty.  How often we can see
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Third Sunday of Lent (Year C)

Dear Parishioners, In this Sunday’s Gospel, men come to Jesus and tell him of a massacre of Galileans by Pilate. They interpret the men’s fate as the consequence of their sin, considering themselves in the clear by comparison. No, Jesus answers, it is not that these men were worse sinners, but if you yourselves do not repent “you will all perish as they did.” What Jesus asks his hearers to draw from the events they have recounted to Him is simply this: the call to conversion. A call personal and for each one of us truly urgent.  Urgent because none
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Second Sunday of Lent

Dear parishioners, Today is the Second Sunday of Lent and we hear in the Gospel how Jesus was transfigured before three of his disciples, Peter, James and John. Jesus was seen conversing with Moses and Elijah: they “spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem.” (cf. Luke 9:31) In this event of the Transfiguration that we meditate upon this Sunday, the Lord prepares us for the exodus that he is going to undertake. The exodus that he speaks about is not that of the Old Testament when the Israelites left Egypt to journey in the desert
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First Sunday of Lent

Dear Parishioners, Going into the Desert The Gospel this weekend speaks of the Holy Spirit leading Jesus into the desert for 40 days.  It is interesting that it was the God that led Him in to the desert. There is an obvious parallel with the Hebrews spending 40 years in the desert before they enter the promised land. In both cases, i.e. the 40 days of Jesus and the 40 years of Israel, the devil tempts and in the end they come through to establish the Kingdom.  Before going out to conquer the world, He shows us that the first
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