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Repent and Believe

(Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A) In the Gospel reading for this Sunday (Matthew 4:12-23 ), Our Lord starts His public ministry soon after John the Baptist was arrested. He started by preaching or making two demands: repent and believe! To repent is to change, to leave behind the way we were. It’s not just an attempt to ‘sin no more’, but it is also a new way of being, a new way of living, and a new view of life. Sometimes it is a dramatic process, but more often it is a daily process of growth. The
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Behold the Lamb of God!

15th January 2017 – 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time In the Biblical account in the Book of Exodus, the blood of the sacrificial lamb was put on the doorposts of the People of God, and death ‘pass over’ their household – but not of that of the Egyptians who enslaved them. It was the event that liberated the People of God from their bondage to the Egyptians. Ever since that event, the People of God celebrated the Passover feast as a memorial. This was the Last Supper feast that Jesus celebrated as He instituted the Mass. The true bondage in
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We Saw His Star As It Rose

Only the Gospel of Matthew mentioned the wise men who came to Jerusalem from the east in search of the infant Jesus. Although there is actually no mention that there were three of them, the three gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, they brought to Him led to the widespread assumption that there were three. The Syriac Churches often number them twelve! The wise men, are often referred to as Magi, or Kings. The journey of the Magi to Bethlehem is also a journey of conversion. The true God has come to us, and it now revealed to the unbelieving
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And they will Call Him Emmanuel…

4th Sunday of Advent The Gospel (Matt: 1:18-24) passage for this fourth Sunday of Advent gives us the opportunity to reflect on the role of Joseph and Mary in the great event of Christmas.  God was incarnated flesh, God came to us, taking on flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary.  God is with us, and He is ‘Emmanuel’ a name which means ‘God with us’.      Leading up to the event that is the first Christmas, Joseph was shocked by Mary’s pregnancy and decided to divorce her informally.  However, he did what God’s angel asked of him, and
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Are you the One to come?

Advent 3rd Sunday The People of God, for many centuries have been expecting the coming of the “Messiah”.  When He came it was in a most unexpected way.  God Himself came in the Person of Christ.    The question John the Baptist posed in this Sunday’s Gospel (Matt 11; 2-11) reflects the air of expectancy amongst the people of God.  Advent is the season to re-live that great expectancy.   In Advent we prepare to celebrate Christmas – celebrate the First Coming of the Messiah – and we prepare to look forward for His coming at the end of time.  We
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Prepare…..

2nd Sunday of Advent (Ooops!!!!. I jumped the gun last week, looking at the Gospel for the 2nd week of Advent rather than the 1st.  By the time I discovered it, the bulletin was already printed…. Here’s an updated comment for this Sunday, the Second Sunday of Advent!)  As I explained in my homily last Sunday, Advent has a two fold character: it.  It takes our glance both to the first and second coming of Christ.   The Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 524 puts it this way: “When the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, she
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The season of Advent at OLV

Mass with Anointing of the Sick Thursday December 1st at 10.30am 2nd Sunday of Advent December 4th Christmas Carols and Morning Tea in the BJC 11.10am – 11.40am Carols led by the Filipino Groups of OLV 3rd Sunday Of Advent December 11th Christmas Carols and Morning Tea in the BJC 11.10am – 11.40am Carols led by OLV School Advent Reconciliation Wednesday December 14th at 7.00pm School Mass End of Year school Mass Thursday December 15th at 6.00pm 4th Sunday of Advent December 18th Christmas Carols and Morning Tea in the BJC 11.10am – 11.40am Carols led by Church Choir Filipino
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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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