Posts by OLV Parish

The Holy Trinity

Feast of the Most Holy Trinity In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit…. We believe in the One God in Three Persons: and we refer to this Triune God as the Holy Trinity.  Many people, and especially Muslims, accuse us of believing in three gods – which makes little sense.  No, we believe in ONE God, who was revealed us to be in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.   Although the word ‘Trinity” is absent from Sacred Scriptures, the Trinitarian God is alluded to us in many many biblical verses.  One of the early allusions
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Come Holy Spirit….

Pentecost 2016 The word ‘Pentecost’ comes from the Greek worn meaning “fiftieth”.  50 days after the Resurrection, the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles in a definitive way, igniting them into action to go to the ends of the world to preach the Good News.  It is thus the event that is regarded as the birth of the Church. Sacred Scriptures give us two imageries for the event that is Pentecost: that of fire and wind. (See also Page 3 for other symbolism) Fire speaks of growth, passion, power, growth and intensity.  It also speaks of unpredictability like the pattern of
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The Holy Spirit will remind you of all I have said to you…..

The Holy Spirit will remind you of all I have said to you…. We are coming to the close of the Liturgical Season of Easter. After the excitement and celebration of the Resurrection, the Church’s liturgy takes our glance towards Jesus’ “departure”. The Gospel passage (John 14:23-29) for this Sunday is part of what is known as the “farewell discourse of Christ”. It is a record of Our Lord preparing His disciples in advance for His absence. Naturally the Apostles are dejected and apprehensive at the idea of His departure. He gives them a reassurance: He is departing from them
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I have come to serve…

I have come to serve… It is so easy to quote a line from Sacred Scripture. I have come across many who would quote a verse here and there to justify their position or support their argument. As the saying goes, “even the devil quotes Sacred Scriptures’! The Catechism of the Catholic Church sets out the criteria for Biblical Interpretation, and the first criterion is (paragraph 112) is: “Be especially attentive “to the content and unity of the whole Scripture”. Different as the books which compose it may be, Scripture is a unity by reason of the unity of God’s
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I know them and they follow me..

(FOurth Sunday in Easter: Good Shepherd Sunday) I know them and they follow me.. This Sunday’s Gospel passage seems a bit stingy: only about 3 verses (John 10:27-30) !!! If we want to understand what it is trying to say, we practically have to read the whole of Chapter Ten, and better still, to know a bit of background from the Old Testament and life in ancient societies. In ancient societies the people often looked to gifted and righteous rulers for happiness and security. Such a beneficent king in the Greek speaking world was often given the title ‘Saviour’ (sótér).
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It is the Lord !!

In this Sunday’s Gospel, we hear that the disciples of Jesus return to their daily tasks as fishermen. Life goes back to normality of them despite witnessing an incredible event – a life changing event. In some ways, the disciples are like Thomas who wavered in his belief (last week’s Gospel). The earlier appearances of the Lord do not seem to sustain them. Our Lord appears to them again, and after the large catch of fish, the beloved disciple (St John) recognizes Jesus and he says: ‘It is the Lord’. St Peter follows suit and rather unthinkingly or excitedly jumps
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My Lord and My God….

My Lord and My God…. This Sunday’s Gospel has led the world to use the term “doubting Thomas’ on anyone who is a skeptic or who refuses to believe without direct person experience. In this Sunday’s Gospel, St Thomas initially refused to believe in the Resurrection of Jesus unless he could see and feel the wounds received by Jesus on the cross. Eventually, St Thomas met the Risen Christ and his words were: “My Lord and My God”. In response to Thomas’ confession of faith, the Risen Christ replied: “You believe because you can see me. Happy are those who
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Thy Will Be Done……

This Sunday is Passion or Palm Sunday. It is a prelude to the three sacred days (the Triduum) of Holy Week in which we commemorate the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. Palm Sunday introduces us to what is to follow, giving us an overview of what we are about to experience. Our Palm Sunday liturgy is meant to heightened our awareness and lead us into an active participation of Holy Week, and especially the Sacred Triduum.  As palms are blessed and the Gospel story (Lk 19:28-40) of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem proclaimed at the beginning of Mass, Jesus is
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Go….and Sin no more

Go…. and Sin no more. The Gospel of John records the Scribes and Pharisees showing much animosity towards Our Lord. They make many attempts to trap Him and to discredit Him. Often the trap is set around the ‘Law of God’, in which He would be expected to go against what the People of God knew to be sacrosanct. This Sunday the Gospel gives us one such episode (Jn 8:1-11) whereby He was presented with a woman caught in adultery. (Its interesting how only the woman was dragged into the scene, not the man!) Like the prophet Daniel in the
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