Monthly Archives September 2015

Anyone who is not against us is for us

Anyone who is not against us is for us In this Sunday’s Gospel (Mark 9 :38-43, 45, 47-48), a “non-disciple” of Our Lord casts out devils in His name. The disciples of Jesus tried to stop him. This parallels the episode in the First Reading in which Joshua failed to understand that the prophetical spirit was essentially for the service of the whole people. We, as a people of faith, do not have a monopoly on good works. When anyone does good, and serve the least of his brothers and sisters, he is already making God present in the world.
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A Heart to Welcome the “little Children”

A Heart to Welcome the “little children” This week’s Gospel is inviting us to have a magnanimous heart. A heart that welcomes the ‘little children’. The word “welcome” is translated from the Greek word “dekomai” which can mean “receive” in general, but can also mean, according to the Greek lexicon, “to receive into one’s family, to bring up or educate.” In other words, we not only receive children, but we also guide or teach them. In this context, Jesus is speaking of guiding a person into the realm where God is the centre of our lives. Jesus is speaking about
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Parishioners need to own their Parish

In today’s Gospel the “Crowd” brought the deaf and dumb man to Jesus and they asked Him to lay his hands on them. The Crowd had faith on Jesus, that is why they brought the sick to him. For us today, the word ‘Crowd’ means the Parishioners. Catechism of Catholic Church No: 2179 says “A parish (Our Lady of Victories, Sockburn) is a definite community of the Christian faithful(Parishioners) established on a stable basis within a particular church (Catholic Diocese of Christchurch); the pastoral care of the parish is entrusted to a pastor (Fr Michael Pui) as its own shepherd
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Kenotic Spirituality is the Need of the Time

In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself…” ‘Word of God became flesh (God became man-Incarnation) and dwelt amongst us.’ The reason behind this is that He wants to give us life in abundance with all its richness. That purpose was fulfilled only in His Passion. He gave His very self – body and blood. “Jesus emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross” (Phil 2:7-8). This is what
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