Posts by OLV Parish

He was lost and is found

24th Ordinary Time As the saying goes: “to err is human, and to forgive is Divine”. It is a good phrase for the Year of Mercy which is coming to a close. All three readings for this Sunday focus attention on Divine forgiveness, and of course, our human waywardness that is in need of forgiveness. Each reading considers this notion of Mercy from a somewhat different angle. In the Gospel, God seeks out sinners like the shepherd who seeks the single lost sheep, and like the woman who searches for the one lost coin, and like the father who runs
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None of you can be my disciples unless…..

(23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time) As Our Lord approached the city of Jerusalem, He was aware of the demands on Him and He was anxious too that His followers recognise them. Using rather harsh parables captured in this Sunday’s Gospel, (Lk 14:25-33) He asked His disciple to reflect on their commitment and the cost entailed: “None of you can be my disciple unless he gives up all his possessions”. There is no escaping the point of the parables.  Perhaps a better perspective is to see, not so much the ‘giving up’, for giving up is a loss, but to see
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Full of Grace…

The final cry of the most ancient Marian prayer known as the Sub tuum praesidium is: “Oh blessed and glorious Virgin!” There is record of the use of the hymn right back to the fourth century, and it could even have been used much earlier. The early Christians acknowledged that God blessed Mary in many ways, including that of already being in a glorified state, a state to which other members of Christ’s mystical body can only look forward to at the end of the world. This was also echoed in Sacred Scriptures, especially in the Gospel of Luke. First,
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See That You Are Dressed for Action

In all the readings for this Sunday, there is a call to be ready for God: “see that you are dressed for action, and have your lamps lit”. Paganism at the time of Jesus is not like paganism in New Zealand today. In the past, paganism was still like a kind of a ‘religion’ in the sense that most pagans still had a belief in some kind of god/s and a willingness to pray to god/s. The paganism of our time is very different. What pervades our societies today is a paganism that is hostile to things of God, and
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Embracing God’s Plan

(18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C) The goal of the Christian life is to purify our hearts and minds from worldly ways and earthly thinking and set our lives on the way to total abandonment and trust in the Father. It is He who offers us His Kingdom through His Son in the Spirit with the sole motive of making everyone of us part of His Kingdom. The one who understands this great treasure and surrender himself or herself totally to Him becomes a truly happy person in his or her life. This person has all his or her
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Ask and it will be given to you….

Some people want to pray but do not know how. The disciple in today’s Gospel (Luke 11:1-13), who, after having watched Our Lord praying, said, “Lord, teach us to pray”. Thanks to that exchange we now have in our treasury of spiritual things, the prayer that is now known as the “Lord’s Prayer” or the “Our Father”. So how do we pray? Perhaps one of the ways to learn how to pray is to ponder the content of ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. The prayer relates us to God as ‘Abba, or Father (Daddy!)”. Pondering on this alone can take us into
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….you fret about so many things.

Last Sunday’s Gospel passage we were given the story of the Good Samaritan. It drew our attention to the practical demands of fraternal charity. This Sunday’s Gospel (Luke 10:38-42) of Mary and Martha stresses the value of quiet communion with the Lord. We might be inclined to condemn Mary for the apparent selfishness of her conduct or we might condemn Martha for the note of irritability that we detect in her complaint about her sister’s lack of co-operation in the task of serving. Our Lord sighs at Martha’s undue agitation. Some erroneously think that Martha was being criticised by Our
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Who is my neighbour?

Who is my neighbour? In the Gospel (Luke 10:25-37) for this Sunday’s Mass, Our Lord approved of the reply which the lawyer made to his own question about how salvation is to be achieved; “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbour as yourself”. The answer is very clear, except for one word; ‘neighbour’. Who is my neighbour? Only St Luke’s account continues with the question about the identification of one’s neighbour. Jesus teaches in the exquisite parable of the Samaritan
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Ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest

The message that “the kingdom of God is near” has been the message since the days of John the Baptist. The Baptist proclaimed it to the crowds who came to the Jordan. Jesus taught it at His first appearance; and now (in the Gospel passage) the disciples are sent out to spread this as the keynote of their teaching (Luke 10:1-12, 17-20). Unfortunately it took a long time even for the disciples to understand what “the Kingdom of God” really means. They wanted some sort of visible power and pomp (e.g. naively thrilled at the power of ejecting devils). One
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