Monthly Archives March 2017

I am the Resurrection and the Life

(5th Sunday in Lent – Year A) Reading the four Gospels we find that Jesus knows and speaks about His impending death and Resurrection (e.g. Mt 16:21; 17:9; 17:23; 20:19; Mk 8:31; 9:9; 9:31; 10:34; Lk 9:22; 18:33; Jn 6:39-44, 54).    As our Lenten journey advances towards the Easter festivities, more and more, the Gospel passage each Sunday sheds light on the Mission of Jesus.  This Sunday we are presented with the Gospel passage (John 11:1-45) in which Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.    It is an illustration of His claim: “I am the resurrection and the life; he
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Do you believe in the Son of Man?

(4th Sunday of Lent)   To be blind is not being able to see.  This is ‘physical blindness’.   This Sunday we are presented with the Gospel passage about another kind of blindness.  There are those who look but do not see – those who have a blindness in their faith, and lack to vision of the heart.  Jesus cures a man blind from birth but some people did not want to believe, for believing might make a demand of them.  This type of blindness – or ‘selective vision’ – is prevalent.  Choosing not ‘to see’ is a escape from accepting
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You will never be thirsty again…

(3rd Sunday of Lent) I have always encouraged Catholics to own a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), and I used to import cheap(er) copies to sell.  It is a good book to have as reference material, especially to check up on the teaching of the Church.  However, the nature of the book makes it a kind of an ‘encyclopaedia’ of Church teaching, and unless one is interested in a certain topic, reading the whole Catechism can be quite laborious.  The exception is the part on “Prayer” (Part Four of the Catechism).  I want to quote you
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This is my Son the beloved……

The first reading (Genesis 12:1-4) for this Sunday’s Mass tells us that for nearly two thousand years before the coming of Christ, God’s saving plan was already well in motion. A man named Abram (later to be renamed Abraham) would father the people into which Christ would be born. His descendants would be a selected group – a ‘Chosen people’, the ‘People of God’ They would be guided by God’s prophets, and blessed with favours and gradually prepared to receive Christ into their midst.  What makes Abraham such a memorable and inspirational figure in the record of sacred history is
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He fasted for forty days…

(1st Sunday in Lent) The liturgical season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday. The 40 days of Lent is our attempt to strengthen ourselves against temptations and to overcome sinfulness. It mirrors Jesus time in the desert where for 40 days He faced temptations and trials – but He did not give in. In the desert, there is nowhere to hide. In Lent we enter into our own desert, so to speak, to focus on the things that tempt us from the straight and narrow, and to strengthen ourselves spiritually that we may live good and holy lives. Since early
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