Posts by OLV Parish

Who Do You Say I am?

21st Week in Ordinary Time In this weekend’s Gospel Peter receives that all important question – “who do you say I am.” Jesus wasn’t concerned about what others had told Peter, he wanted Peter’s own assessment. There are two ways we can know people. The first type, is what we hear about people from others. In other words, we know people by what others have told us about them. This type of knowing has its usefulness, but can also be very dangerous because we shape our opinions of a person on how other people perceive them. The second type of
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Woman you have great faith

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time   In the Old Testament, it was prophesied that when the Messiah comes, right worship, and right ordering of the meeting between God and humanity will once again be re-established.   In ways unexpected, that prophecy was fulfilled in the very person of Christ.  Jesus is the Temple, and the true meeting place of God and humanity.  When He commanded us (‘Do this in memory of me….’) to celebrate the Eucharist He established.  The Eucharistic celebration is the occasion for right worship, and right ordering of the meeting between God and humanity takes place.  To appreciate
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Truly You are the Son of God

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time   Today’s Gospel is again more proof that Jesus was the person he said He was; the Son of God.  In the times of the New Testament, the people understood the seas and lakes as something to be feared. They were a potential for turmoil and havoc that only God could control, as He did in the creation account of Genesis. So here was Jesus doing the things that the people thought only God could do. Hence the confession from Peter – “Truly, you are the Son of God.” Right throughout the week, we have
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His Face Shone like the Sun

Feast of the Transfiguration   The event of the Transfiguration of Jesus is clearly recorded in the New Testament in the Synoptic Gospels (Matt 17:1-8, Mark 9:2-8, Luke 9:28-36), and in Second Epistle of St Peter (2 Pet 1:16-18).  The Gospel of John is likely to be alluding to it in the famous line about the Incarnation of Christ: “The Word became flesh, he lived among us, and we saw his glory, the glory that He has from the Father as only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth”.  Presumably, the idea of the glory of God is
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You have Asked for Wisdom

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time In our first reading today Solomon was asked a question by the Lord – “what would you like me to give you”? No doubt many of us could think of a number of ways we could respond to this question, but note the first instinct of Solomon was to ask for the ability to be able to discern between good and evil. This surprising answer is essentially asking for the wisdom of God, or put another way, to be able to see the world how God sees the world. This is something for us all
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A Sower Went Out To Sow…

15th Sunday in Ordinary TIme   The writer of the letter to the Hebrews tells us  “At many moments in the past and by many means, God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets; but in our time, in the final days, he has spoken to us in the person of his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things and through whom he made all things.” (Hebrews1:1-2)    God has spoken directly to us; revealing Himself in the Son – Jesus Christ.   Yet, in this Sunday’s Gospel (Matt: 13:1-23), Our Lord tells us; “Truly I say to you, many
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My yoke is easy and my burden light

As we journey through life in a world affected by sin, we are bound to face grief, suffering and turmoil. At times like this, we can be heavy of heart, and we can feel abandoned and alone.  Yet, the fundamental message of the cross is that God became one of us and join us in our struggles so that He could lead us to the joy of His peace. This Sunday’s Gospel (Matt 11:25-30), Our Lord reminds us again to turn to Him in our struggle.  His words are very comforting; “Come to me, all you who labour and are
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Anyone who finds his life will lose it….

In the Latin Rite, the ritual for baptism has been reduced to pouring water over the forehead with the baptismal formula.  Some Rites within the Catholic Church still maintain the old ways of total immersion (i.e. the whole body being immersed into water).  The ritual of total immersion brings to the fore, the idea of the convert dying to self and born into a new life in Christ: the immersion was the dying to the old self, and the emerging from the water, a birth into a new life in Christ.  Christ’s own death, burial and resurrection is reflected in
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Do not be afraid…

  Our Lord forewarned his apostles that the message (Matthew 10:26-33) they were to preach would not be acceptable to all. It would mean persecution, and even death, for them. He gave them reassurance through the words; “Do not be afraid……”, and , “….. anyone who declares himself for me in the presence of men, I will declare myself for him in the presence of my Father in heaven”. He asked them to preach the Gospel in season and out of season.   In New Zealand, it is unlikely that we will face martyrdom for our faith. Nevertheless, Our Lord’s
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The Mass and Holy Communion

The Mass and Holy Communion   The Feast of Corpus Christi is the name of this Sunday’s feast celebrating the Holy Eucharist. How appropriate it is that we have children making their first Holy Communion this Sunday. The Church sees the Eucharist as something so important in the life of the Church that she refers to it as “the source and summit of the Christian life” and she goes on to say: “The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed
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