Posts by OLV Parish

Prepare the way of the Lord…..

Prepare the way of the Lord….. The Gospel (Matt: 3 :1-12) passage for this Sunday introduces the mission of John the Baptist. The Baptist’s life is defined by his one burning passion — to point others to Jesus Christ and to the coming of His kingdom. His clothing is reminiscent of the prophet Elijah (see Kings 1:8) in the Old Testament time. His message is also similar to the message of the prophets in the Old Testament whereby they chided the people of God for their unfaithfulness and tried to awaken true repentance in them. Amongst the People of God
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Christ the Universal King

This Sunday is the last Sunday of the Liturgical Year, and next week we start the new Liturgical Year (Year A, or ‘1’ for weekdays) by preparing for Christmas with the season of Advent. The last Sunday of the Liturgical Year is always crowned with the Feast of Christ the Universal King. This Sunday’s Gospel passage (Luke 23:35-43) presents us with a scene that proclaims so powerfully that the Kingdom of Christ is not of this world. By the standards of this world, this king was a failure, dying the most agonizing and disgraceful of deaths which the ancient world
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Your Endurance will win you your lives

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Times This time of the year, as we approach the end of the Liturgical Year, the readings start to focus on “end things”.     (Next week, with the Feast of Christ the King, we celebrate the Last Sunday of the Liturgical Year “C”, and then after that we start a new Liturgical Year, ‘A”)   This Sunday’s Gospel (Luke 21:5-19) links the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem with the end of the world.  The destruction of the Temple is also seen as marking the end of the old order of things: a decisive judgement by
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He is God, Not of the Dead, but of the Living

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time This  Sunday’s  Gospel  deals  with  the  topic  of  life  after  death.  What an appropriate topic for the month of November when we started the month with the feasts of All Saints and Souls, commemorations and praying for our dearly departed, and asking those in heaven to pray for us too.    It  is  of  the  essence  of  the Christian faith that with death, life is changed, not ended.  When we die, our soul leaves the body and is before God for judgement awaiting the day of the Resurrection (‘of the body’, as we recite in
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The Son of Man came to seek and save what is lost

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C ”Metanoia” is the word that is used to describe the change in one’s way of life resulting from penitence or spiritual conversion.  Metanoia is what the Gospel passage for this Sunday is about (Luke 19 :1-10).  The passage centres on Zacchaeus, the tax collector.  At the time of Jesus, a tax collector like Zaccaheus would be despised for several reasons.  He was seen as a great sinner for working for the enemy, the Roman ‘occupying power’, against his own people.  Secondly, tax collectors like him would be expected to exact more money
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He Who Humbles Himself Will Be Exalted

23rd October – 30th SUnday in Ordinary Time Sometimes we think of the Pharisees as the ‘baddies’ in the Gospel because of the many examples that Our Lord used in His teachings.  That would be the wrong picture.  The Pharisees goal was often to lead a holy life (not unlike us), and strictly according to the Law of Moses.  Where they usually went wrong was to focus on the externals, interpreting Scriptures to suit themselves and to have a warp sense of self righteousness that saw themselves being ‘better’ than others.  Our Lord warns frequently and fiercely against the attitude
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