Monthly Archives March 2018

KING OF PEACE

PALM SUNDAY “This is my body, which is given up for you… This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood” (Luke 22:19-20). These are the words that Jesus speaks to us in Holy Week, and also the words of consecration during Mass. In his passion, Jesus identifies himself with the suffering servant of God as prophesied by Isaiah. The Cross was originally an instrument of humiliation, torture and failure, the punishment for slaves and rebels. However, in light of Crucifixion of Jesus, it is turned into a sign of Love, Forgiveness and Salvation.
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Anyone who loves his life loses it….

5th Sunday of Lent In the Gospel of John we find in the early stages, Jesus stating that his ‘hour’ had not yet come (2:4. 7 :6, 8; 7: 30; 8: 20), but from the passage of this Sunday’s Gospel onwards (John. 12: 20-33) we find him telling us that the hour of his death is imminent.  He explains His death using the parable of the grain;          ‘unless a wheat grain falls on the ground and dies,           it remains only a single grain; but if it dies, it yields a rich harvest.           Anyone who
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The Son of Man must be lifted up

The crucifix has always been a symbol of hope for Christians.  It is on the cross that the Son of Man was lifted up…..  Jesus made allusion to his being lifted up in this Sunday’s Gospel (John., 3:14-21) in his discourse with Nicodemus.  Our Lord presents his forthcoming death on the cross as an elevation and a glorification.  He takes us back to the scene in Book of Numbers (chapter 21) where Moses lifted up the sign of the serpent and all those who gazed on it were healed and lived.   The Son of Man must be lifted up to
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Destroy this sanctuary and in three days I will raise it up

3rd Sunday in Lent   John’s Gospel, unlike the Synoptic Gospels (i.e. Matthew, Mark and Luke) has the incident of Jesus cleansing the temple (2:13-25) at the beginning of His public ministry – as opposed to near the end, in the Synoptics.  The temple, which is a place of worship, has been turned into a marketplace by the people.  Does it not ring a bell when we forget that our Churches are places of worship too?  It is so easy to want to catch up with our friends, forgetting that others may wish to pray and meditate.  Our transgressions may
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