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PALM SUNDAY

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Reading for procession: Luke 19:28-40
Readings for the Mass: Isaiah 50:4-7; Phil 2:6-11. Luke 22:14-23:56

“First degree of humility is obedience without delay”
– St. Benedict

“Blessings on the king who comes in the name of the Lord” Luke 19:38

Dear Brothers and sisters,

Our first reflection on Palm Sunday is that this day ushers us into Holy week. And it introduces us to Holy week with a memorial of our Lord’s solemn entrance into Jerusalem. This solemn moment at the close of Christ’s earthly life shows that he went voluntarily to his death. He went to it with royal freedom and dignity.
Throughout his life he had waited for his “hour”. And during his public life he had referred to it so often. Yet he is crushed by the prospect of it all. It is an hour of triumph, when he will redeem mankind and seal with his own blood his love of man. Seen in this light Palm Sunday is a day of joy.
The second reflection on this day is that of Christ’s kingsh…

FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT - NEITHER DO I CONDEMN YOU, GO AWAY AND DON'T SIN ANY MORE

21/03/2010

NEITHER DO I CONDEMN YOU, GO AWAY AND DON'T SIN ANY MORE. (JOHN 8:11)

"The meaning of life is to see" - Hung-Neng

Dear Brethren,
1. When I find myself confronted with this particular reading from the Gospel of John, I have always tended to consider only one side of Christ, namely, his loving mercy. Here is a sinner, caught red-handed. And its not just sin, it is adultery. This among the Jews, as well as among many other peoples of the world, was hideous, punishable with death. This is a man condemning his fellow man. How much do we know our fellow man? Who are we to condemn her so severely that she should die? We ourselves have been guilty at one time or another. Who knows if among the people who were accusing this adulterous woman there were themselves guilty of adultery? We know the story of Susanna in the Old Testament. The people who wanted her to be stoned to death were the very one who wanted to lead her into sin. I heard of a gentleman who married several…

FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT - WE ARE AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST

First Reading: JOSHUA 5:9-10-12, Second Reading: 2COR 5:17-21. Gospel: LUKE 15:1-3, 11-32
"The God to whom little boys say their prayers has a face very like their mothers" -
James M. Barrie
WE ARE AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST
Dear my beloved brothers and sisters,
1. Many offices in modern society are patterned on Roman system of government. The Romans conquered many territories and made them Roman provinces.
a) A province which is still considered dangerous and had troops stationed in it, was under the direct control of the Emperor. To this province he would send his ambassador, his own representative, to administer it on his behalf.
b) On the other hand, a province which was peaceful and needed no troops to maintain law and order was under the direct control of the senate. When the senate decided that a given province should come under its control, they sent ten envoys, who together with the general who led the army which conquered the territory, arranged the terms of peace and d…

THE THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT YEAR C: TURN OR BURN

Readings: Ex 3:1-8, 13-15; I Cor 10:1-6, 10-12; Lk 13:1-9

THEME: God whose name is Goodness, also has limit to his patience and hence waits for us to turn away from sin, lest we are burnt by our own evil.
"The favourite place of God is in the heart of man" - Yiddish Proverb
"The man who thinks he is safe must be careful that he does not fall" (1 Cor 10:12).
Dear beloved,
I write to you with love and thanksgiving to God for guiding and nourishing me spiritually through the past year. It was on the 28th February 2009 when I was ordained. May you keep me in your prayers to be a holy priest.
In this Sunday’s readings we are reminded of God's overall plan of salvation, this was conceived in God's mind ab initio and of course it is realized through constant daily conversion. The burning bush that was not burning was the beginning of that salvation history. The delivery of Israelites from slavery is a type of man's deliverance from the bondage of sin. God never turn…