Posts by OLV Parish

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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Master Do You Not Care?

(12th Sunday in Ordinary Time) “Master do you not care?” – that is the question the disciples asked in this Sunday’s Gospel (Mark 4:35-41) when the boat they were in was storm-tossed.   Contrast that against the tranquil sleep of Jesus.  During the storm the disciples failed in their trust in Our Lord.  It was a failure too of grasping his very identity, and His divinity.   After reproving them for their lack of confidence and trust in Him, Our Lord demonstrated his mastery over the elements, rebuking the wind and sea to be calm – and they calmed down.  There is
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The Kingdom of God is like a Mustard Seed….

(11th Sunday in Ordinary Time) This Sunday’s Gospel Mark 4:26-34 gives us the Parable of the Mustard Seed.  Instead of writing a new commentary, I share with you the thoughts of one of the early Church Fathers, namely St Peter Chrysologous (400-450 AD); “It is up to us to sow this mustard seed in our minds and let it grow within us into a great tree of understanding reaching up to heaven and elevating all our faculties; then it will spread out branches of knowledge, the pungent savour of its fruit will make our mouths burn, its fiery kernel will
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The Sign of Peace

There is much confusion on the Sign of Peace during Mass. For example, 1) Fr Michael have had someone asking him if it necessary to have to sign of peace during Mass. It is after all an optional Rite in the Liturgy of the Mass. This person is against it, for whatever reason. On weekday Masses, when there are about 20-30 people disperse in the Church, Fr Michael sometimes omit the (optional) rite of the Exchange of Peace. 2) Another person wrote on the Parish Survey form, that Fr Michael should be come down from the sanctuary to exchange the
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Papal Medal awarded to Carey Haines

On Sunday November 18th 2012, during Mass, Carey Haines was awarded the Papal Medal, Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice. Bishop Barry, Fr Kevin, Fr Michael, ladies and gentlemen, I have only come to know Carey over the past few years, while we have both been on the Parish Council. Prior to that I had seen him at mass but had not fully realized the extent of his role and participation in the parish liturgy. Many of you may not be aware that Carey is at the Vigil and Sunday masses every week – usually an hour beforehand – often in prayer,
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