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28th Feb 2010- my 3rd Aniversery

During this forthcoming anniversary, I wish to share an Experience in light to having worked in different parishes. I have tried to compare and contrast a few things which I wish to share with you as I look forward to celebrating this very important (Three years) as a priest.



Different parish structures:-

1- Traditional structure

2- Retired structure

3- Model structure

In traditional parishes you find:

A. Sacramental structure

a) Only the administration of sacraments is what matter. No time of preparation.

b) Preaching on certain sacraments only.

c) Bury any dead, anoint any sick

d) Opt for saying masses as many as possible

e) Take pride in statistics

f) No room for none Catholics


B. The Man structure

- You find that they are parishes with a patriarch around whom everything is centred. A know-it-all.

- Very sensitive with their priesthood and insistent on titles (Fr). They have people of their own taste to stay aro…

FORTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

“Man is God’s image; but a poor man is Christ’s stamp” (G. Herbert)

Zeph 2:3; 3:12-13; Ps 146:6-10, I Cor 1:26-31, Matt 5:1:12

Angle of thought

GOD CHOOSES THE POOR

The three readings of this Sunday are all linked by the angle of poverty. The beatitudes could all be summed up in the first “Happy the poor.” To be poor, however, does not mean to possess nothing.


One has to be “poor in spirit”, which means that one must choose to surrender the accumulation of goods for one’s self, to surrender the use of one’s capacities and qualities selfishly and to place anything one possess at the service of one’s brothers and sisters.



This idea is also found in the first and second reading.


Psalm 146


GRATITUDE FOR LIFE

Strike up, in thanksgiving to the Lord, with the harp’s music praise our God; / the God who curtains heaven with cloud, and lays up a store of rain for the earth, / who clothes the mountain-sides with grass, with corn for man’s need…


AT FIRST THOUGHT, gratitude seems to be something we give awa…

THIRD SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME YEAR A

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Thought of the Sunday

THE LIGHT OF CHRIST BEGINS TO SHINE

Isaiah 8:23-9:3, II. I Corinthians 1:10-13, 17, III Mt 4:12-23
Jesus starts his public ministry in Galilee, a land of doubting “Thomas es”, a place of people considered as the nobodies by the Jews. It’s from this place that Jesus will have to send out his disciples to the whole world. This light that shone on the Mountain in Galilee will be the same light that will shine to the Gentile.


Our Church is catholic/universal but we still have many disagreements among ourselves. We are splitting the unity in the name of forming churches that suit our egos. Christ is no longer one but in pieces. Everyone owns him according to his understanding and theology

“Sometimes God puts us in the dark to prove that He is light” (Anon)

PSALM 26

FATHER

“True to my heart’s promise, / I have eyes only for thee; / I long, Lord, for thy presence. / Do not hide thy face…/ father and mother may neglect me, / but the Lord takes me into his care.”

I am your adopt…

SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

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“We are more troublesome to ourselves than anyone else” – St. Francis de Sales



Isaiah 49:3. 5-6

Psalm 39:2. 4.7-8

I Cor 1:1-3

John 1:29-34

Theme of the Sunday



THE VOCATION OF THE CHRISTIAN



The first reading shows how even in the Old Testament God chose for his mission of salvation a Servant who sought neither glory nor power

In the second reading Paul tells us that every Christian is “called” and therefore has a vocation.

The gospel is telling us that this vocation continues the vocation of Jesus, whom the Baptist calls “lamb of God”, that is, the one who gives himself up in sacrifice so that others may have life.



PSALM 39



INTEGRITY



See then, I said, I am coming to fulfil what is written of me, where the book lies unrolled; to do thy will, O my God, is all my desire, to carry out that law of thine which is written in my heart. And I told the story of thy just dealings before a great throng; be witness, Lord, that I do not seal my lips. Thy just dealings are no secret hidden away in …