Monthly Archives August 2015

You put aside the commandment of God

You put aside the Commandment of God…. After several Sundays of a detour to Chapter 6 of John’s Gospel on the “Bread of Life” (and also the Feast of the Assumption), we return to the Gospel of Mark this Sunday (Mark 7 :1-8, 14-15, 21-23). At the time of Jesus, the People of God paid very strong attention on the “Law and the Prophets’. Sadly, they became bogged down and smothered by many minute interpretations and applications of the Law by the rabbis. The ritual of washing before meals mentioned in this Sunday’s Gospel was one such expression of the
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Lord, who shall we go to?

Lord, who shall we go to? Had it not been the transfer of the Feast of the Assumption of Mary to last Sunday (normally on the 15th August) we would have had five consecutive Sundays in which the Church gives us passages from Chapter 6 of St John’s Gospel on the discourse on the bread of life. This discourse comes to a conclusion this Sunday (John 6:60-69). Our Lord’s assertion that He was the ‘bread of life come down from heaven’ was difficult for some. “This is intolerable language. How could anyone accept it?” was the response. Those who are
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The Almighty has done great things for me

The Almighty has done great things for me…. On November 1, 1950, Pope Pius XII solemnly defined as a dogma of faith Mary’s bodily Assumption into heaven. The precise words of the definition, found in the apostolic constitution Munificentissimus Deus, are; “We pronounce, declare, and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma: that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.” By this solemn declaration, the Church sets in concrete as a matter of Catholic Faith, a truth that has been believed
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I am the Living Bread

I am the Living Bread…. For three Sundays in a row now our Gospel passage is taken from the 6th Chapter of St John’s on the discourse on the ‘Bread of Life’. As we move further into this chapter, the Eucharistic overtones grow stronger. In this Sunday’s passage, the people (John 6:41-51) questioned Our Lord of His heavenly origins since He claims to be the ‘Living Bread come down from heaven’. John uses the occasion to give us some ideas about faith; Faith is a gift of the Heavenly Father and comes only from Him, and it leads to eternal
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