• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐
    圣福若瑟神父

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动
    圣杨生•爱诺德神父

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

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Scripture Reflections

Today’s Gospel reminds us that our faith journey can sometimes experience some serious challenges.  Jesus had said things about Himself and about eating His body and drinking His blood that a number of his followers could not accept.

Friday, 17 August 2018 12:34

20th Week in Ordinary Time - 2018

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The movie “Alive” which came out in 1993, featuring John Malcovich and Ethan Hawke, is about the Uruguayan Rugby Team whose plane crashed on the side of the Andes and a lot of their team mates died, together with the pilots and the flight attendants.

We have been reading from the Gospel of John for the past few weeks and the theme, ‘Jesus is the Bread of Life,’ is constantly recurring in these readings.

Wednesday, 08 August 2018 09:01

Feast day of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop

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As a way of honouring St Mary of the Cross this morning, would you mind if I respond to those words by sharing with you some reflections on the mystery of the Cross?

Friday, 03 August 2018 18:40

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time - 2018

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Maybe once in a while we have met some people who seemed to have everything in life; a good house, a flash car, a high-paying job, manage to travel around the world at a moment’s notice but somehow there’s something that is missing.

 

Friday, 27 July 2018 19:15

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time - 2018

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In today’s gospel the story of Jesus’ feeding of the thousands that came to hear him preach is a story of a very different kind of miracle.

 

Friday, 20 July 2018 18:23

16th Week in Ordinary Time - 2018

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There is much talk in the Catholic Press these days about the up-coming Plenary Council of the Catholic Church in Australia in 2020.  We are being reminded that it is an occasion for us to be renewed in our faith and to deepen our commitment to living out that faith.

 

Friday, 13 July 2018 18:54

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time - 2018

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We used to have a saying in the seminary, “God does not call the qualified, He qualifies those he called.” The first reading and the gospel for today tells us exactly that.

Saturday, 07 July 2018 10:34

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time - 2018

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Readings: Ezekiel 2:2-5, 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, Mark 6:1-6.


For it is when I am weak that I am strong


Fr Prakash Menezes SVD 150St Paul in today’s second reading makes this extra ordinary statement which sounds a bit weird to the modern ear. When we look around in the advertising world, the communication media, in the regular telecasts, broadcast, etc., weakness is something ‘not good.’ We are constantly bombarded with the image of strength, ‘macho’ physic, ‘need for speed,’ muscle strength and the idea that all this is ‘cool’; St Paul does sound weird! How can he make such a statement? How can we say, ‘When I am weak that I am strong’? 

When we read the second reading, we come across the quote, “My power is at its best in weakness.” Lord’s power works best, when we are weak. That is something to ponder over. 

When do I feel I am weak? The Gospel of today may be able to help us understand this a bit more. Jesus is in his hometown and he goes and teaches in the synagogue on a Sabbath day. It seems the townsfolk know Jesus through and through! Their remarks are amazing! How this weakling, ‘son of carpenter,’ can preach like this? How is he performing these miracles? As the followers of Jesus, we know how he is doing all this. Jesus is filled with God’s power and, whatever may be the weakness people see in Jesus, God’s power is at its best in him. 

The first reading of today, from prophet Ezekiel, affirms this further. The Israelites have begun to believe in their own strength and have forsaken God. They have not recognised God’s prophet among them, for he is considered weak. But God strengthens the prophet by filling him with the Spirit and sending him to the Israelites. In his weakness, God has made him strong.

What about us? Have we ever felt weak against the rejection of the people? Have we been told that we need to be strong always and being weak is ‘not cool’? I feel is it the other way around; being weak is to depend on God’s strength. It is holding on to God’s spirit even when we feel rejected. It is forgiving even when we struggle to forget. It is walking that extra mile, even when we know we will not be appreciated. It is turning the other cheek even when we know we will be treated badly. And this ‘weakness’ is the ‘strength.’ This strength can only come from God. We see that in Jesus, in prophet Ezekiel, in St Paul, in Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Oscar Romero, Mary Mackillop and in countless others who were not ‘macho’ in the eyes of the world, but strong in the presence and with the help of God. 

Let us continue to remember that our strength is not just physical. Being strong in the understanding of media and communications is not everything there is. We need to experience the weakness, so we can depend on the power of God. God’s power is at its best in our weakness.

Friday, 29 June 2018 17:30

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time - 2018

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This morning’s powerful Gospel story of healing is meant to give hope and courage to each one of us, for in one way or another we are all wounded and in need of healing!

It is very unusual that a feast, other than a feast of Our Lord, would take the place of the Sunday liturgy. 

To borrow a joke from one of my favourite preachers Fr Bel San Luis, SVD, there was a young man who was praying to God. This was his prayer, “Lord, grant me the gift of patience … I want it NOW!!!”

 

Doing the will of God is the theme of this Sunday’s liturgy. Obedience tothe will of God was the mission of Jesus. He obeyed God all through his lifeand he invites us to do the same.

In just a couple of days, I will be celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of the Sacrament of Priesthood.

Friday, 25 May 2018 18:06

The Most Holy Trinity - 2018

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Today we celebrate the mystery of the Holy Trinity.  It is a mystery that is part of our Catholic DNA, but we seldom reflect on it.

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