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Anyone who is not against us is for us

Anyone who is not against us is for us In this Sunday’s Gospel (Mark 9 :38-43, 45, 47-48), a “non-disciple” of Our Lord casts out devils in His name. The disciples of Jesus tried to stop him. This parallels the episode in the First Reading in which Joshua failed to understand that the prophetical spirit was essentially for the service of the whole people. We, as a people of faith, do not have a monopoly on good works. When anyone does good, and serve the least of his brothers and sisters, he is already making God present in the world.
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A Heart to Welcome the “little Children”

A Heart to Welcome the “little children” This week’s Gospel is inviting us to have a magnanimous heart. A heart that welcomes the ‘little children’. The word “welcome” is translated from the Greek word “dekomai” which can mean “receive” in general, but can also mean, according to the Greek lexicon, “to receive into one’s family, to bring up or educate.” In other words, we not only receive children, but we also guide or teach them. In this context, Jesus is speaking of guiding a person into the realm where God is the centre of our lives. Jesus is speaking about
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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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