All Holy men and women

Feast of ALL SAINTS All Holy men and women….. pray for us! The feast of all saints fall on the 1st of November, and this year it happens to be on a Sunday. Lesser important feast days are normally ‘suppressed’ by the Sunday celebration of the Resurrection. The fact that the feast of All Saints is celebrated when it falls on a Sunday (and sometimes, even if it falls close to a Sunday, it is ‘shifted’ to the Sunday!) suggests that it is a very important feast in the life of the Church. The feast brings to the fore the
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Faith – An Instrument of Healing

“FAITH – An Instrument of Healing” The Gospel this week speaks about the healing received by Batrimaeus – the blind man. Jesus worked this miracle using the faithful crowd as a channel. Even though Bartimaeus came to him. As we know Bartimaeus was torn between those who scolded him and told him to keep quiet and those who helped him saying, “Get up, Jesus is calling you.” In today’s secular world, many are ‘sitting on the road’ searching for the Truth, trying to approach Jesus. The ways and means they undertake might be different but deep down in their heart,
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Come, Follow me….

In this Sunday’s Gospel, we are presented with the account of the rich young man, who Jesus challenged to “go and sell everything….. give the money to the poor….. then come, follow me.’ As we know, the young men went away sad, for he was a man of great wealth. How would we react in his shoes? His challenge is our daily challenge as Christians, though it may take a different form. In this world that is passing, we all hold back to the things we have and own and let them dictate our lives. We too are given the
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What God has joined……

(27th Sunday in Ordinary Time) This Sunday’s Gospel takes us to the scene where Our Lord was questioned about divorce in a marriage.  He gave a straightforward answer.  Read it for yourself, or listen carefully when the Gospel is read.  By a happy coincidence, or rather, providence, we have this Gospel passage appearing in between two Saturdays with Nuptial Masses in our parish Church.  Last week it was the marriage between Elizabeth Ong and Ricky Tiong, and next week it will be between Maria Luisa Panganiban and Stephen Wakelin   Several people asked for a copy of the homily –
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Anyone who is not against us is for us

Anyone who is not against us is for us In this Sunday’s Gospel (Mark 9 :38-43, 45, 47-48), a “non-disciple” of Our Lord casts out devils in His name. The disciples of Jesus tried to stop him. This parallels the episode in the First Reading in which Joshua failed to understand that the prophetical spirit was essentially for the service of the whole people. We, as a people of faith, do not have a monopoly on good works. When anyone does good, and serve the least of his brothers and sisters, he is already making God present in the world.
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A Heart to Welcome the “little Children”

A Heart to Welcome the “little children” This week’s Gospel is inviting us to have a magnanimous heart. A heart that welcomes the ‘little children’. The word “welcome” is translated from the Greek word “dekomai” which can mean “receive” in general, but can also mean, according to the Greek lexicon, “to receive into one’s family, to bring up or educate.” In other words, we not only receive children, but we also guide or teach them. In this context, Jesus is speaking of guiding a person into the realm where God is the centre of our lives. Jesus is speaking about
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Parishioners need to own their Parish

In today’s Gospel the “Crowd” brought the deaf and dumb man to Jesus and they asked Him to lay his hands on them. The Crowd had faith on Jesus, that is why they brought the sick to him. For us today, the word ‘Crowd’ means the Parishioners. Catechism of Catholic Church No: 2179 says “A parish (Our Lady of Victories, Sockburn) is a definite community of the Christian faithful(Parishioners) established on a stable basis within a particular church (Catholic Diocese of Christchurch); the pastoral care of the parish is entrusted to a pastor (Fr Michael Pui) as its own shepherd
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Kenotic Spirituality is the Need of the Time

In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself…” ‘Word of God became flesh (God became man-Incarnation) and dwelt amongst us.’ The reason behind this is that He wants to give us life in abundance with all its richness. That purpose was fulfilled only in His Passion. He gave His very self – body and blood. “Jesus emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross” (Phil 2:7-8). This is what
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You put aside the commandment of God

You put aside the Commandment of God…. After several Sundays of a detour to Chapter 6 of John’s Gospel on the “Bread of Life” (and also the Feast of the Assumption), we return to the Gospel of Mark this Sunday (Mark 7 :1-8, 14-15, 21-23). At the time of Jesus, the People of God paid very strong attention on the “Law and the Prophets’. Sadly, they became bogged down and smothered by many minute interpretations and applications of the Law by the rabbis. The ritual of washing before meals mentioned in this Sunday’s Gospel was one such expression of the
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Lord, who shall we go to?

Lord, who shall we go to? Had it not been the transfer of the Feast of the Assumption of Mary to last Sunday (normally on the 15th August) we would have had five consecutive Sundays in which the Church gives us passages from Chapter 6 of St John’s Gospel on the discourse on the bread of life. This discourse comes to a conclusion this Sunday (John 6:60-69). Our Lord’s assertion that He was the ‘bread of life come down from heaven’ was difficult for some. “This is intolerable language. How could anyone accept it?” was the response. Those who are
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