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Theme: The gift of a holy Family

On this, the feast of the Holy Family, we are all invited to reflect beyond the holy family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph personalities who have figured so importantly in our salvation history; but also upon all the other families that comprise the one universal family of humankind. Unfortunately, due to a variety of factors; the ties that bind us one to another within our global network of families have suffered a series of assaults over the past generations. This is a fact that need not be argued; the evidence of relational weakness and even decay is obvious. This weakness affects every one of us to one degree or another.


Theme: Today a Saviour has been born to you

Christmas is again here among us. During all the four weeks of Advent we have been waiting and praying for the coming blessings of Christmas. And now Christmas is here. Today the angels are bringing us the good news of great joy for all the people, for to us is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. This good news of great joy is for all the people of God. As people of God we have a claim to the joy and the peace that the birth of Christ brings to the world. But how do I personally enter into this ‘great joy’ of Christmas? Christmas rings out ‘joy to the world,’ yes, but how do I make this joy my own? This is an important question, for, even though God has declared joy to the whole world, there are still many among us who do not flow in this joy, many among us who do not know how to claim this joy and make it their own personally.

1st Reading: 2Sam.7:1-5.8-11.16; Ps.88; 2nd Reading: Rom.16:25-27; Gospel: Lk:1:26-38

Theme of the readings

"Nothing is impossible to God" is a divine expression said by the angel Gabriel and is our theme today. This was the response to the question of the Virgin Mary on how she would be the mother of the Lord when she did not know a man in the natural sense of the word. To appreciate the work of God we must know that God is divine and what he does goes beyond nature, as it is shown in this gospel text: Jesus said to them, surely the reason why you are wrong is that you understand neither the scriptures nor the power of God – Mk.12:24.

Theme: Where Does God Live?

In many countries, the Christmas crib is one of the most recognizable symbols of the season. The images of Mary, Joseph, shepherds, magi and farm animals cluster around a trough of hay within which an image of the baby Jesus is placed to mark yet another celebration of his birth. Children, having their first experience of the crib are apt to ask questions which cause adults to stop and think before attempting a response. One question in particular remains fresh in my memory.

Where does Jesus live for the rest of the year? Today’s readings invite us to give some consideration to the thoughts which prompted that innocent question. Where, indeed, does God live? Is there a special place where God can be found? Can any place or any thing contain God’s presence? By the time the Israelites returned from exile in Babylonia, their many experiences of God had led them to understand that there was nowhere that God was not present. The teaching which was familiar insisted; if I fly toward dawn, or settle across the sea even there you take hold of me, your right hand directs me . . . if I scale the heavens you are there! I plunge to the depths, you are there! But before they arrived at this understanding, our ancestors in the faith recognized and sought God’s presence was on mountains, in the desert cloud and pillar of fire, in the tent of meeting, the Ark of the Covenant and later in the temple. How about me and you? Do we recognize that God is infinite?

Theme: Joy to the World!

An atmosphere of joy welcomes and surrounds us as begin this third Sunday of Advent which traditionally named Gaudete or Rejoice Sunday. Christian joy that we ought to experience is that emotion springing from our deep down confidence that God is in perfect control of everything. Christian joy is not an emotion on top of an emotion. 

It is not a feeling on top of a feeling.  It is a feeling on top of a fact.  It is an emotional response to what I know to be true about my God.  That is the substance of it.  In today’s second reading St. Paul’s serves to underscore Advent as a celebration of the already-experienced and yet-to-be experienced reality of God’s coming among humankind.

The only adequate response to this profound reality is a joy that springs from a well that is deep within and never runs dry regardless of what happens. Too often, joy is equated with being happy, but as the word indicates, happiness comes from positive happenstances or happenings which excite, delight, please and amuse. When negative or unpleasant happenings occur, happiness evaporates. Joy, however, penetrates, permeates and persists despite the circumstances.

1st Reading: Is. 40:1-5.9-11; Ps. 84; 2nd Reading: 2Pt.3: 8-14; Gospel: Mk.1:1-8

Theme of the readings

God has an incredible love for his creation. "Console one another with the Good News," The good news is that; God is coming to save and make all things new. In last Sunday’s meditation we said that all human life is a vigil of advent – waiting for the salvation promised to all. This waiting process cannot be an idle one; we prepare the way of the master who comes by being engaged in productive and spirit-oriented work – we need to offer love, mercy, peace, faithfulness, justice and prosperity to the soul.

Theme: All we need is hope

When I was growing up, there was a man who sold newspapers at the entrance of our Church. No matter what the weather, even pouring rain, the old man would be there, selling the papers. He was nicknamed ‘Ngago’ (see this) because he always called out, ‘Eehe! Eehe! Read all about it! Extra! Extra!’. And when he did, he sounded so convincing. Ngago sold monthly Catholic Church papers and almost every villager who could afford would buy their papers from him, eager to read the latest breaking news. I know people who did not usually buy the newspaper, but when they heard him they would always get a copy.

As we hear the scripture for today, the second Sunday of Advent, we can almost hear the people of the day shouting, ‘Eehe! Eehe! Read all about it!’ If there were newspapers in Jesus’ time, then surely he would have made the headline news! The event of God becoming human in Jesus Christ is not just an editorial comment but is, in fact, the headline news. The headline in the Newspaper would have read something like: ‘The Word has become flesh. He now lives among us!’ The reason so many people came to the desert to hear John the Baptist was to hear him declare the latest breaking news.

First: Is. 63:16-17.19; 64:1-7; Second: 1Cor.1: 3-9; Gospel: Mk.13:33-37

Theme of the readings

All human life is a long vigil of waiting for the Lord. Advent is specifically designated to focus of this process to keep alive our hope of salvation. The Gospel says three times: "Be on your guard, stay awake," because you never know when the time will come, when the master of the house is coming. In the first letter to the Corinthians, Paul talks about waiting for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed, "he will continue to give you strength till the very end." The beautiful invocation to the Lord that we find in the third passage of Isaiah expresses the wish that the Lord may break into history with his might, as if it were a new Exodus, recalling that "You are our Father."

Theme: The advent experience

Every year Mother Church celebrates the Nativity of Jesus Christ on 25 December and none of us need to be reminded about that date. However, the Church also supplies a season of preparation because it realizes that good anticipation is as good as half the joy! Advent is that time, a time to prepare and anticipating the coming of Christ. It is the time when we can get excited about coming to almost a good conclusion of the calendar year. When I say prepare for and anticipate Christmas, I do not mean that we buy more gifts or go shopping. While these things have a value in themselves, we need to be alert about the consumeristic preparation for Christmas.


ChristkingTheme: The end of his life is a beginning of our


This Sunday as we come to the end of this liturgical year, we ought to look to the future; the ultimate future when Jesus will return in glory for the final judgment. During this feast as we celebrate God’s Kingdom we are called to renew within our lives God’s Rule. How different Christ’s rule is from the ruthless governance originating from us human persons? Who is Jesus Christ for you? We can borrow a leaf from St. Polycarp, the bishop of Smyrna. During his trial Polycarp was brought before the Roman authorities and told to curse Christ and he would be released.  He replied; for eighty-six years have I served him, and he has done me no wrong, how then can I blaspheme my king Jesus Christ who saved me?  The Roman officer replied, “Unless you change your mind, I will have you burnt.”  But Polycarp said, “You threaten a fire that burns for an hour and after a while is quenched; for you are ignorant of the judgment to come and of everlasting punishment reserved for the ungodly.  Do what you wish.


9th November 2014.

Readings: 1st Ez.47:1-2.8-9.12; Ps.45:2-9; 2nd 1Cor.3:9-11.16-17; Gospel: Jn.2:13-22.

Theme of the readings

“Take all this out of here and stop using my Father’s house as a market.” The feast of the dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome is a celebration in which we distinguish the uniting role of the pope as the Vicar of Christ. Obviously today is a day when we reflect on the image of the pope, the bishop of Rome, the one who presides over charity. This theme of today has three important words: Father, house and Market. The pope as the successor of St Peter is referred to as the Holy Father because he is that image of the holiness of the Church of Christ. The Lateran Basilica which is dedicated to the Saviour, to St John the Evangelist and to St John the Baptist is a house of prayer for all Christians. To short change its role and function from prayer and thanksgiving would be to make it a market place.  

Theme: My house shall be called the house of prayer

Places are very important to us as people. Lovers remember where and when they first met. The memory of where we grew up stays with us even to old age. We visit grave yards to honour and remember our beloved departed relatives and friends. Public buildings matter too. Many people while on holidays visit historic sights and buildings. Our buildings remind us who and where we are. Today’s feast is about a place, a building: the Lateran Basilica in Rome.

The Lateran Basilica in Rome is the Cathedral Church of the Bishop of Rome, our Pope. Obviously, there is a history behind this Church and this feast. The Palace of the Lateran family became property of the Catholic community in 313 as a gift from the emperor Constantine. He desired it to become the Cathedral Church for the Pope which it now is.

Feast of Commemorating of all Souls of the Faithful Departed

All Souls Day makes us mindful not only of the death of our dear ones but also of our own death. The saints experienced it, the disciples experienced it, and Jesus Himself willed to undergo it. But at times like this the Church is there to encourage us and to remind us that while the life of the body may die, the life of the spirit and the good works accomplished during life remain.

These good works accompany the soul in its journey from this life and they are precious in the eyes of the Lord. These good works are what bind us to our lost loved ones till today. Stopping to consider it in this place, at this time, we might realize just how much of the lives of our saints have stayed with us even though they have physically gone: their influence, their warmth, their characteristics which we see in other family members and friends. The way we live now, which is still influenced by the way they encouraged us to live.

Theme: What makes your life meaningful?

Today, reflecting on the readings that we have just heard, I am going to preach on the subject of walking in the love of God. Exodus 22:20-26; 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10; Matthew 22:34-40 offers us a fundamental theme that runs throughout the entire human existence. We can even assume that it is God who offers true love, ours is to respond. First of all, we should take in God’s love for what it is a mandate, a command.

We need to respond with little regard to our feelings. Feelings are important but feelings are not decisive. It is convictions which are decisive; feelings are not. More often than not, acting on our feelings leads us down the wrong path and even into trouble. When it comes to giving ourselves to others in love we have to make decisions.

Readings: 1st Ex.22:21-27; Ps.62; 2nd 1 Thess.1:5-10; Gospel: Mt.22: 34-40.

Theme of the readings

Love God and your neighbour, and your life will have meaning. In the First Reading, it is formulated in a negative sense: "You will not ill-treat widows or orphans. If you lend money to any of my people, to anyone poor among you, you will not play the usurer with him. You will not revile God." The Gospel text provides us with a positive formulation: "You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul. You must love your neighbour as yourself." In the first Letter of Paul to the Thessalonians, the same principle is set forth in the negative form (abandon all idols), and in the positive form (follow the example of Christ and of Paul himself, as it is the model to all believers of Macedonia and Achaia).

Mission Sunday - 19th October 2014.

Readings: 1st Is.45:1.4-6; Ps.62; 2nd 1Thess.1:1-5; Gospel: Mt.22:15-21.

Theme of the readings

"Pay Caesar what belongs to Caesar and God what belongs to God." This theme of today helps us to recognise God as above every other thing or person however powerful and great they may appear to be. For that matter Mission Sunday that we celebrate today invites us to spread the Good News of Christ to all corners of the earth. God is the Lord of the empires and of history and this should be made known to all. King Cyrus reigned over the immense Persian Empire (First Reading) but God reigned over Cyrus and providentially made him his mediator in his plans regarding history. Give to God what belongs to God, the Gospel teaches us, and to the earthly kings and emperors what belongs to them. God is the plan and purpose of history; to him is the action and onward evolution of history. There is no doubt about the fact that it is the power of God and of his Spirit that is mysteriously present in the vicissitudes that make up the fabric of history (Second Reading).

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