Readings: Exodus 32:7-11,13-24, Psalm 51:3-4,12-13,17&19, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Luke 15:1-32

God’s concern and love for sinners

From how today’s gospel is presented, it is evident that during the time of Jesus’ ministry, people were categorized either as sinners or as righteous. Seemingly, the two did not have anything in common and so never interacted. The Pharisees were among those considered the righteous and the tax collectors and prostitutes were the sinners, the unrighteous. The Pharisees did not associate with the sinners because of the fear to be contaminated and sort of dirtied by the sins of the sinners and thus they also dissociated from anyone who interacts with the sinners. No wonder the Pharisees and the scribes complained of his attitude of welcoming sinners and dining with them.

Read more: 24th Sunday in ordinary time, year C

Yes to the Cost of Discipleship

Readings: Wis 9,13-18b; Ps 90; Philm 9b-10.12-17; Lk 14, 25-33

The word of God for us today invites us to consider the cost of being a disciple of Jesus. The fact is that it is not easy to be a disciple of Jesus. The demands that Jesus make of us are unacceptable if one is to think in human terms. We need wisdom from above in order to embrace the freedom from all sorts of attachments and the freedom for Christ.

Read more: 23rd Sunday in ordinary time, year C

Discipline as preparation to enter by the narrow door!

Readings: Is 66, 18-21; Ps 117, 1-2; Heb 12, 5-7.11-13; Lk 13, 22-30

The word of God for us on the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time invites us to examine the kind of religion we profess: Is it a religion of life or one of empty words, rites and devotions? God wants to educate us in the religion of life whose privileges He has opened to all peoples. God’s education (discipline) may sometimes be painful. But we ought to be sure that discipline is a sign of parental love for the children.

Read more: 21st Sunday in ordinary time, year C

Does the seat matter?

Readings: Sir 317-18.20.28-29; Ps 68,4-5.6-7.10-11; Heb 12,18-19.22-24a; Lk 14, 7-14

The Word of God on the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time C invites us to embrace the virtue of humility. Humility attracts the mercy of God and makes us receptive to His favours.  Our true worth as human beings consists in being humble. If we are absorbed in our own greatness we can’t cultivate a good relationship with God and with others. Let us face the traps that we set for ourselves when we lay excessive importance on status and power in order to be liberated for the banquet that God has prepared for all without distinctions.

Read more: 22nd Sunday in ordinary time, year C

The fire in our community

Readings: Jer 38, 4-6.8-10; Ps 40,; Heb. 12, 1-4; Lk 12, 49-53

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ! The 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time has been transformed into a special day of celebration. We are celebrating our Parish Day 2022. In the past two years we have not had the opportunity to celebrate our parish day due to the limitations imposed on us by the Covid-19 pandemic. This time, God gives us an opportunity to gather in bigger numbers. We celebrate this year’s parish day under the theme: ”Do not be afraid! Rise; pick up your mat and walk!” (Mk 2, 11). God wants to restore our life and hope. He is gathering our broken pieces in order to make us whole again.

Read more: 20th Sunday in ordinary time, year C

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