Posts by OLV Parish

In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit 

We believe in the One God in Three Persons: and we refer to this Triune God as the Holy Trinity.  Many people, and especially Muslims, accuse us of believing in “three gods” – which makes little sense.  No, we believe in ONE God, who was revealed us to be in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Although the word ‘Trinity” is absent from Sacred Scriptures, the Trinitarian God is alluded to us in many many biblical verses.  One of the early allusions is in the Book of Genesis.  We must bear in mind that the People of God, the
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He Was Carried up to Heaven

Feast of the Ascension   In the Creed, we say ‘We believe…..,  He (Jesus) ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father’.   Pope St Leo IX professed it in these words: “”On the fortieth day after the resurrection, he ascended into heaven with his body, in which he had risen, and his soul, and took his seat at the right hand of the Father; thence on the tenth day he sent the Holy Spirit” (Profession of Faith by Pope St. Leo IX, 1053). Jesus ascended into heaven body and soul. He now sits at the right
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I have come to serve…

The words spoken by Jesus in this Sunday’s Gospel is in the context of being part of the commentary on the gesture of washing the disciples’ feet just before the Institution of the Eucharist.  If we turn our memory back to Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper, and then read this Sunday passage, we get a better sense of it.  In instituting the Mass, Jesus reminds all of us, and especially priests, that by coming to the table of the Eucharist, we are all called to serve others. Today’s Gospel passage highlights an important between the gesture of feet
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I know them and they follow me..

(4th Sunday of Easter – Good Shepherd Sunday, Vocations Sunday)   I sometimes wonder who made the decision to carve out the various Gospel passages for Mass.  Take this Sunday’s passage for example; it seems a bit strange to give us only 3 verses (John 10:27-30) of Chapter ten.   Furthermore, to understand the passage in the right context, one practically has to read the whole of Chapter Ten, and know something from the Old Testament and life in ancient societies. In ancient societies the people often looked to gifted and righteous rulers for happiness and security.  (Perhaps things have not
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It is the Lord

3rd Sunday of Easter   In this Sunday’s Gospel, we hear that the disciples of Jesus return to their daily tasks as fishermen.  Life goes back to normality for them despite witnessing an incredible event – a life changing event.   In some ways, the disciples are like Thomas who wavered in his belief (last Sunday’s Gospel).  The earlier appearances of the Lord do not seem to sustain them. Our Lord appears to them again, and after the large catch of fish, the beloved disciple (St John) recognizes Jesus and he says: ‘It is the Lord’.  St Peter follows suit and
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My Lord and My God….

Second Sunday of Easter – Year C This Sunday’s Gospel has led the world to use the term “doubting Thomas’ on anyone who is a skeptic or who refuses to believe without direct person experience.  St Thomas doubted His fellow brother apostles, and other witnesses of the Risen Christ. Even today, many express the idea that unless they ‘experience’ it (e.g. see) Our Lord for themselves, they would not believe.  Yet, in our daily lives, we take many things by faith without even blinking twice.  For example, if I hand someone a $20 note, mostly it would be taken, by
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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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