Posts by OLV Parish

The First of All Commandments…

The Scribes and the Pharisees prided themselves in their knowledge of the Law and the teaching of the Prophets, and especially in their ritual requirements.  They made it a life time practice to study the 613 precepts of the Old Testament, including numerous commentaries by rabbis on them.  In this Sunday’s Gospel (Mark 12: 28-34) a Scribe put Jesus to the test to see if He knew the laws.  He asked Jesus: ‘Which is the first of all the commandment?’.  In other words, he was asking which would be the greatest or the most important. One Lord answered with simplicity
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Have Pity on me….

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B Last Sunday’s Gospel passage (which precedes this Sunday’s) gave us the account of the two brothers, James and John seeking places of honour.  In contrast, in this Sunday’s passage (Mark 10:46-52), we have a blind beggar asking our Lord in humility: “Son of David, Jesus, have pity on me”.  Although Bartimaeus, the blind beggar could not see, the passage shows us that he understood the nature of Jesus’ mission and identity.  He knew the prophecy that the Messiah would be of the Davidic line.  The rest of the people knew too but chose
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Earthquake Strengthening Work Completed?!

Technically the work to strengthen the Church is completed!  But, while the church building is closed for the work, we took the opportunity to do other work, including updating the windows of the Stations of the cross, fix the leaks, adding a drain and tap to the Baptismal font, new lights, new rood etc.  Legislation also demands that we add two fire exits at the back, and this has narrowed down the sacristy (as they say….”The law is an a….”). We hope to have the official Opening at the Mass where 12 youths will also receive the Sacrament of Confirmation
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Come Follow Me..

28th SUnday in Ordinary Time Recently it was reported in the Christchurch Press that a letter written by of one of the greatest scientists, Albert Einstein, was sold for millions of dollars.  The letter made headlines not so much because it contained interesting scientific discoveries or theories, but because it was a letter denying the existence of God.  Einstein was raised a Jew, and atheists like to include him as being “their own” that they may claim that the greatest geniuses in the world is on their side.  It justifies their position, and it also portrays people who believe in
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They set off to preach repentance

  In Sacred Scriptures, we know that on many occasions, God picks and sends what appear to be very ordinary people to speak His word. We find this in this Sunday’s readings; in the First Reading, we are presented with Amos, who does not pretend to any great dignity to bolster up his mission – he is of a peasant background, a shepherd and a dresser of sycamore trees. With this simplicity, he faces the task God gave him.   In similar fashion Jesus sends the Apostles on a mission. They are ordinary men, sent out to challenge the wise and
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HAVING FAITH IN THE LORD

This Sunday’s Gospel (Mark 5:21-43) offers us two miracles that Jesus performs: healing of a haemorrhaging woman and a resurrection of a child. The stories begin with Jairus, a synagogue leader, who comes not to debate with Jesus but instead seeks help for his daughter. What he does is laying his dignity aside, falling at Jesus’ feet and asking for help. The gravity of Jairus’ situation increases when the healing of the haemorrhaging woman takes place. The daughter is dying, has now been declared dead. The story of the woman is inserted into Jairus’ story with details: She comes up
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HIS NAME IS JOHN

In the Catholic Church, the Feast day of a Saint is normally the day of his/her actual death (born to eternal life). However, Saint John the Baptist is honoured with two Feast days: the Birthday (June 24) and the Beheading (August 29). This Sunday, as we celebrate his Birthday, let’s try to understand something about John the Baptist. In the Gospel of Saint Luke, the annunciation story to Zechariah is described with details (Luke 1: 5-25). The story tells us that John the Baptist had been chosen by God before he was born. In Hebrew, John means “God is gracious”. Surely,
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THE KINGDOM OF GOD IN EVERYDAY STORIES

  Jesus normally uses parables when preaching to his hearers. In this Sunday’s Gospel (Mark 4: 26-34) Jesus gives us one of the major themes of his preaching, namely, the coming of the Kingdom of God. Parables are everyday stories which hold a richness of wisdom. In parables, both similes and metaphors are used to persuade listeners. Jesus makes a practical and effective use of parables in a pedagogical way to inspire his audiences to make appropriate decisions because they are in response to spiritual deafness and blindness of listeners. With Jesus’ parables, there is always a requirement of a
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God’s Love

The world in which we live can seem like a very dark place at times especially when tragedy strikes.  It can be incredibly difficult to find comfort in times of loss, in times of sorrow, or when loves ones are in pain. .  And how often do you here someone say “if there is a God, why did he let this happen”…… Let us Remember, God is love.  When we see with the eyes of faith, we see with the eyes of love.  Fear, anxiety, and hopelessness melt away in the light of His glory. God will one day wipe
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