• 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

Friday, 03 September 2021 11:42

23rd Week in Ordinary Time - Year B - 2021

Written by Fr Frank Gerry SVD

 

23rd Sunday, 5 September 2021

Fr Frank Gerry SVD 150There is a distinct message of hope and a call to mutual help in the readings offered to us this Sunday.

In times of difficulty and distress, we need to know where our strengths and resources are. COVID-19 has shown us that quite clearly.

This Sunday's readings from Holy Scripture point us unmistakably in the direction of our hopes and strengths, no matter what challenges or difficulties we might face.

The prophet Isaiah speaks of the faithfulness of God to his People: “Faint-hearted, courage! Your God is coming to save you!”

This was his message six centuries before the coming of Christ! So, the strength of a People’s faith and hopes go back a long way. They’ve been tested over time.

In the second reading from the Apostle James, we are reminded of our care and respect for one another, no matter where we come from, how we dress or what we possess.

This is how we build up the kingdom of God.

Finally, in the Gospel reading from Mark, a sigh and a command from Christ restored and clarified the speech and hearing of a confused young man.

Aren’t all of us, in one way or another, in need of that sigh and command of Christ, “Be opened!”?

So, with these few words, let’s be confident about our hopes, strengths and resources, that our faith gives us as we struggle with the challenges that life presents us with. Let’s encourage one another!