Posts by OLV Parish

See That You Are Dressed for Action

In all the readings for this Sunday, there is a call to be ready for God: “see that you are dressed for action, and have your lamps lit”. Paganism at the time of Jesus is not like paganism in New Zealand today. In the past, paganism was still like a kind of a ‘religion’ in the sense that most pagans still had a belief in some kind of god/s and a willingness to pray to god/s. The paganism of our time is very different. What pervades our societies today is a paganism that is hostile to things of God, and
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Embracing God’s Plan

(18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C) The goal of the Christian life is to purify our hearts and minds from worldly ways and earthly thinking and set our lives on the way to total abandonment and trust in the Father. It is He who offers us His Kingdom through His Son in the Spirit with the sole motive of making everyone of us part of His Kingdom. The one who understands this great treasure and surrender himself or herself totally to Him becomes a truly happy person in his or her life. This person has all his or her
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Ask and it will be given to you….

Some people want to pray but do not know how. The disciple in today’s Gospel (Luke 11:1-13), who, after having watched Our Lord praying, said, “Lord, teach us to pray”. Thanks to that exchange we now have in our treasury of spiritual things, the prayer that is now known as the “Lord’s Prayer” or the “Our Father”. So how do we pray? Perhaps one of the ways to learn how to pray is to ponder the content of ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. The prayer relates us to God as ‘Abba, or Father (Daddy!)”. Pondering on this alone can take us into
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….you fret about so many things.

Last Sunday’s Gospel passage we were given the story of the Good Samaritan. It drew our attention to the practical demands of fraternal charity. This Sunday’s Gospel (Luke 10:38-42) of Mary and Martha stresses the value of quiet communion with the Lord. We might be inclined to condemn Mary for the apparent selfishness of her conduct or we might condemn Martha for the note of irritability that we detect in her complaint about her sister’s lack of co-operation in the task of serving. Our Lord sighs at Martha’s undue agitation. Some erroneously think that Martha was being criticised by Our
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Who is my neighbour?

Who is my neighbour? In the Gospel (Luke 10:25-37) for this Sunday’s Mass, Our Lord approved of the reply which the lawyer made to his own question about how salvation is to be achieved; “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbour as yourself”. The answer is very clear, except for one word; ‘neighbour’. Who is my neighbour? Only St Luke’s account continues with the question about the identification of one’s neighbour. Jesus teaches in the exquisite parable of the Samaritan
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Ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest

The message that “the kingdom of God is near” has been the message since the days of John the Baptist. The Baptist proclaimed it to the crowds who came to the Jordan. Jesus taught it at His first appearance; and now (in the Gospel passage) the disciples are sent out to spread this as the keynote of their teaching (Luke 10:1-12, 17-20). Unfortunately it took a long time even for the disciples to understand what “the Kingdom of God” really means. They wanted some sort of visible power and pomp (e.g. naively thrilled at the power of ejecting devils). One
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I will follow you ……..

I will follow you… Ten chapters of St Luke’s Gospel, or roughly a third of the Gospel of Luke, are about the Journey of Christ to Jerusalem. Scripture scholars often referred to these ten chapters as the Great Journey of Jesus. The Great Journey starts with this Sunday’s Gospel passage, which is the beginning of Chapter 9; “As the time drew near for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely took the road for Jerusalem.” A different translation says: as the time drew near for him to be taken up, he resolutely turned his face towards Jerusalem. This
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But you, Who do you say I am

But you,… who do you say I am? Three Fridays ago we started our First DVD Session on “Catholicism”. In the first session, Fr Robert Barron (now Bishop) sheds light and explains the conviction of the Catholic Faith that Jesus of Nazareth is the promised Messiah, and the revelation of God become man. He shows how Jesus fulfils the prophecies of the expected Messiah, according to the Old and New Testaments, but in a very unexpected manner. The living legacy of Christ, God and Messiah, is continually proclaimed by the Church, from the beginning, and out of that came the
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Her many sins have been forgiven…..

Her many sins have been forgiven… In the last few years, we have had children in our parish receiving their First Holy Communion on the feast of Corpus Christ. It was the same this year (ie two Sundays ago). Leading up to their Holy Communion, the children also received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time, or “made their first Confession”. We prepare the children’s parents who were supposed to prepare the children. At one of the meetings, I had expressed to the parents the hope that their children’s experience of God’s forgiveness would be one that is positive:
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