Posts by OLV Parish

He was lost and is found…

The first reading for this Sunday describes the end of the quest of People of God in the Old Testament to be delivered from slavery and their entry into the Promised Land. They celebrated the Passover to recall and relive – to make ‘present’ the moment of their liberation from slavery by the Egyptians, and experienced the abundance of their new home. There was a cost; the manna from heaven stopped, and they had to work to enjoy their harvests.  The Second Reading speaks of a new creation, and that is cause for celebration. It also comes with a cost:
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Unless you repent you will all perish….

A couple of days after the recent Christchurch Terrorist attack, a Muslim friend of mine wondered out loud to me whether the act of terrorism on the Christchurch mosques has its roots in some of the terrorist attacks around the world perpetuated by Muslims.  It is likely to be a contributing factor because hate begets hate. However, the atrocity in Christchurch cannot be justified on any ground – not even on the grounds that other Muslims around the world ‘have done bad things’ – for if that were a justifiable excuse, then anyone can dish out violence on anyone simply
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Why do you observe the splinter?

8th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C If you do not already know it, Fonterra is the largest company in New Zealand, responsible for about a third of the world’s dairy exports.  In New Zealand, especially in the rural areas, it is easy to spot their milk tankers.  The intriguing thing for me is that the tankers have on their backs, the words: “Forterra supports safe Driving, we welcome any comments: 0800 656568”.  Fonterra as a company obviously wants not only to protect its image but also, when necessary, to improve it.  There is always room for improvement in
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We worked hard all night long and caught nothing….

St Luke’s Gospel (Luke 5:1-11) records rather late in the piece, the call of the first disciples, including some differences from the accounts in the other gospels. St Luke emphasized that the boat from which Jesus preached is “Simon’s”. St Luke, in this episode wants to emphasis the special position of Peter, as the leader of the disciples, as one who has a special mandate.   Addressed to Peter alone, in the singular,  “from now you will be catching men”.  That is the task of the First Pope: to unite all in Christ.  St Peter’s leadership in the early Church, after
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This is Joseph’s Son surely…

This Sunday’s Gospel reading continues from Last Sunday’s, whereby Jesus begins his public ministry with an inaugural discourse in the synagogue at Nazareth.   At the beginning, He receives the admiration of the people of His hometown.   But things changed quickly when He began to challenge their ideas and conviction.  Then rejection sets in…… Things have not changed much in our time.  When we hear words pleasing to us, we accept them, but when the truth challenges our conscience, we often deny it – and we become hostile to the bearer of the truth.  I would say the Catholic Church has
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The Spirit of the Lord has Been Given to me

Many Israelites of Jesus’ time expected God to send a Messiah who would liberate Israel from the political domination of the Romans.  In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus went into the synagogue and read the text of the prophet Isaiah (61:1-2), and told the people there and then that the Messiah, as prophesied by the prophet Isaiah, was being fulfilled in his own person and preaching. He came to liberate them from slavery (to idols, and false gods).  He announced liberation from sin, not from political subjugation.  In His time, it was indeed good news to the poor, the down trodden,
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You have Kept the Best Wine till Now

As we begin the Ordinary time of the Liturgical Year, we are taken back to the beginnings of Our Lord’s public ministry (John 2:1-11).  The passage from the Gospel of John gives us the narrative of the miracle at the wedding at Cana.  In a way, this episode links us to the feasts of the last two Sundays; the Epiphany and the baptism of Our Lord.  All three are manifestations of Our Lord’s glory. In the episode, John the Gospel writer refers to Christ’s miracles as ‘signs’.  What occurred at Cana was a sign or symbol of higher truths. The
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