Posts by OLV Parish

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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You put aside the commandment of God

You put aside the Commandment of God…. After several Sundays of a detour to Chapter 6 of John’s Gospel on the “Bread of Life” (and also the Feast of the Assumption), we return to the Gospel of Mark this Sunday (Mark 7 :1-8, 14-15, 21-23). At the time of Jesus, the People of God paid very strong attention on the “Law and the Prophets’. Sadly, they became bogged down and smothered by many minute interpretations and applications of the Law by the rabbis. The ritual of washing before meals mentioned in this Sunday’s Gospel was one such expression of the
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Lord, who shall we go to?

Lord, who shall we go to? Had it not been the transfer of the Feast of the Assumption of Mary to last Sunday (normally on the 15th August) we would have had five consecutive Sundays in which the Church gives us passages from Chapter 6 of St John’s Gospel on the discourse on the bread of life. This discourse comes to a conclusion this Sunday (John 6:60-69). Our Lord’s assertion that He was the ‘bread of life come down from heaven’ was difficult for some. “This is intolerable language. How could anyone accept it?” was the response. Those who are
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The Almighty has done great things for me

The Almighty has done great things for me…. On November 1, 1950, Pope Pius XII solemnly defined as a dogma of faith Mary’s bodily Assumption into heaven. The precise words of the definition, found in the apostolic constitution Munificentissimus Deus, are; “We pronounce, declare, and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma: that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.” By this solemn declaration, the Church sets in concrete as a matter of Catholic Faith, a truth that has been believed
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I am the Living Bread

I am the Living Bread…. For three Sundays in a row now our Gospel passage is taken from the 6th Chapter of St John’s on the discourse on the ‘Bread of Life’. As we move further into this chapter, the Eucharistic overtones grow stronger. In this Sunday’s passage, the people (John 6:41-51) questioned Our Lord of His heavenly origins since He claims to be the ‘Living Bread come down from heaven’. John uses the occasion to give us some ideas about faith; Faith is a gift of the Heavenly Father and comes only from Him, and it leads to eternal
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I am the bread of life

I am the bread of life….. The Gospel passage for this Sunday (John 6:24-35) follows on from last Sunday’s in which Jesus feeds the crowd with Five loaves and two fish (John 6:1-15). He enters into a dialogue with the people who asks for more signs, wanting “true manna” or bread sent from God in heaven (John 6:24-35). Through Jesus’ own words, we learn that He is the “bread of life”, the “true Manna” which is from heaven and He gives life to the world. Jesus is the bread from heaven, which sustains all who partake of it. In typically
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He gave out as much as was wanted…

(17th Sunday in Ordinary time) First Reading for this Sunday Mass sets the stage for the Gospel scene of the 6th Chapter of John;s Gospel.  Elisha’s story is the story of God satisfying the physical hunger of one hundred men, using Elisha as an instrument.  It is paralleled by Jesus’ miraculous feeding of five thousand in the Gospel.  Elisha’s story is thus a preparation for the New Testament miracle. Both points to the superabundant food that is the Eucharist.     Both miracles are a sign of God’s providential care for us, not only our physical needs, but for our deepest
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Before the world was made, God chose us…

(15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 12th July 2015) In Sacred Scriptures, we know that on many occasions, God picks and sends what appears to be very ordinary people to speak His word, and to carry out His will.  We find this in this Sunday’s readings; in the First Reading, we are presented with Amos, who does not pretend to any great dignity to bolster up his mission.  Amos is of a peasant background,  a shepherd and a dresser of sycamore trees. With this simplicity, he faces the task God gave him.   In similar fashion Jesus sends the Apostles on a
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Do Not be afraid, only have faith….

The first reading for this Sunday (28th June) , clearly tells us that disease and death are anomalies – not meant to be what God originally had in mind in His Creation. Thus the People of God awaits the Messianic age when these evil things will be set right…..And that leads us into the Gospel. The Church gives the priest the option to read a shorter version or a longer version either Mark 5:21-43 or 5:21-24.35-43. The longer version contained two miracles performed by Jesus in relation to illness and death. In the longer version, Jesus heals a woman with
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