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Doctrines & Morals
 
 
   Homilies/Reflections

 
The Memorial of saints CORNELIUS and CYPRIAN
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 17 Sep 2019
1 Tim. 2:1-8, Lk. 7:1-10. In today's first reading, Paul enjoins us to pray for those in authority. We need to pray for them as great power comes with great responsibility. We pray that God should

I shall arise and return to my Father
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 15 Sep 2019
Ex. 32:7-11.13-14, I Tim. 1:12-17, Lk. 15:1-32. On this Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, the Church offers us a golden opportunity to reflect on God’s mercy and compassion. One i

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 14 Sep 2019
Num. 21:4-9, Phil. 2:6-11, Jn 3:13-17. How can we glory today in the instrument of the death of Christ? That frightening Cross where thieves and criminals were executed, "the old rugged Cross so de

The Memorial of St CHRYSOSTOM
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 13 Sep 2019
1 Tim. 1:1-2.12-14, Lk. 6:39-42. We are meant to interact with one another, not as superior-to-inferior but as equals in God’s family, each recognizing the gifts of the other. What Paul says

Bless those who curse you
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 12 Sep 2019
Col. 3:12-17, Lk. 6:27-38. The ideals of Paul in today's first reading rest on the basis that baptised believers are “God’s chosen ones.” If that is our core identity, our lifesty

Embrace the New Self
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 11 Sep 2019
1 Col. 3:1-11, Lk. 6:20-26. We are pilgrims in this world, constantly on the move to our Heavenly inheritance. This is the thought with the Colossians, a stirring call to live as pilgrims on the ea

In Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 10 Sep 2019
Col. 2:6-15, Lk. 6:12-19. Paul offer more detailed moral guidance to the Colossians in today's first reading and traces the underlying principle of Christian life. He is concerned about them possib

Christ among you, your hope of glory
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 09 Sep 2019
Col. 1:24-2:3, Lk. 6:6-11. Jesus is often portrayed as giving hope to those who are desperately in need of healing. His arrival in the Synagogue in today's Gospel gave hope to the man with paralyse

None of you can be my disciple unless he gives up all his possession
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 08 Sep 2019
Wis. 9:13-18, Phlm 9:10.12-17, Lk. 14:25-33. On this Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, the Church invites us to reflect on the spirit of commitment and self-sacrifice of Christ. Today&rs

10 Be drawn to God
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 07 Sep 2019
Col. 1:21-23, Lk. 6:1-5. The first reading challenges us to be reconciled with God and stand firm in our faith. Jesus gained this reconciliation for us by sacrifice on the Cross that brought us pea

11 Grow in the love of God
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 06 Sep 2019
Col. 1:9-14, Lk. 5:1-11. Sometimes, we are confronted with disappointments, especially when we set out plans to achieve things. At such times, we come to ask: “Who is God?” In today's f

12 Receive Grace and Peace
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 05 Sep 2019
Col. 1:1-8, Lk. 4:38-44. “Receive grace and peace”, this is Paul's first salute to the community in today's first reading and also, it’s the principal action of Jesus in the Gospe

13 Receive Grace and Peace
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 04 Sep 2019
1 Col. 1:1-8, Lk. 4:38-44. “Receive grace and peace”, this is Paul's first salute to the community in today's first reading and also, it’s the principal action of Jesus in the Gos

14 The Memorial of St Gregory the Great
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 03 Sep 2019
1 Thess. 5:1-6.9-11, Lk. 4:31-37. A reoccurring aspect of the theme in ministry of Jesus and that of Paul in today's first reading is the need for keeping alert, in order to stay close to God and l

15 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 02 Sep 2019
1 Thess. 4:13-18, Lk 4:16-30. Today's first reading, provides answers to the question about the resurrection of the dead. In his preaching, Paul proclaimed Jesus who died, rose and will come again.

16 Humility is the best form of warfare; it is the only thing the enemy cannot do
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 01 Sep 2019
Sirach 3:17-20.28-29, Heb. 12:18-24, Lk. 14:1.7-14. On this Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, the Church calls us to imitate the humility of Jesus. It is an attribute and quality of God

17 God honours those who use their talents and gifts
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 31 Aug 2019
WEEKEND SPIRITUAL DIGEST: 1 Thess. 4:9-11, Mt. 25:14-30. The parable of talents in today's Gospel prepares us to have a deeper reflection on our life, orienting us to resolve to conduct ourselves b

18 The Will of God for you is to become Holy
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 30 Aug 2019
1 Thess. 4:1-8, Mt. 25:1-13. “The will of God for you is to become holy”, Paul reminds us in today's first reading. He also warns against sexual aberrations and selfish lust like the pa

19 The Beheading of John the Baptist
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 29 Aug 2019
1 Thess. 3:7-13, Mk 6:17-29. Today’s memorial honours the great forerunner of Jesus, who gave his life for the truth. John the Baptist was Spirit-guided to lead an austere and contemplative l

20 The Memorial of St Augustine
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 28 Aug 2019
1 Thess. 2:9-13, Mt. 23:27-32. Today's readings offer two appraisals of the value of human activity. In the first reading, Paul praises dutiful work while the Gospel condemns empty “works.&rd

21 The Memorial of St Monica
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 27 Aug 2019
1 Thess. 2:1-8, Mt. 23:23-26. Today's Gospel is the continuation of yesterday’s rebuke made by the Jesus against the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law who had persistently opposed His goo

22 Give thanks to the Lord always
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 26 Aug 2019
1 Thess. 1:1-5.8-10, Mt. 23:13-22. No matter our condition at any given time, we have many reasons to be thankful, because God has blessed us in Christ. In today's first reading, Paul is grate

23 Success is achieved through hard work and hard work through discipline and obedience
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 25 Aug 2019
SUNDAY SPIRITUAL BANQUET: Ish 66:18-21, Heb. 12:11-13, Lk. 12:22-30. On this Twenty first Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, the Church reminds us of the reunion of those who are willing to submit to

24 The Feast of St Bartholomew
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 24 Aug 2019
Rev. 21:9-14, Jn 1:45-51. On this day we celebrate the Feast of St Bartholomew. The Apostle Bartholomew is identified in today's Gospel with the name Nathanael to whom Jesus pays this lovely compli

25 Whenever you go, I will go, your people shall be my people
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 23 Aug 2019
Ruth 1:1.3-6.14-16.22, Mt. 22:34-40. In the story of today's first reading, a foreign woman was welcomed into the family of Israel. Her spiritual journey blends nicely with the teaching of Jesus in

26 The Queenship of Mary
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 22 Aug 2019
Judges 11:29-39, Mt. 22:1-14. Today's memorial is drawn from the Gospel of Luke 1:26-38, when the angel announced that Mary’s Son would receive the throne of David and would rule forever

27 Go work in my Vineyard
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 21 Aug 2019
Judges 9:6-15, Mt. 20:1-16. The story from today's first reading is a strange riddle that use details from everyday life and report of actual events. Like parables, their purpose is to spur us to t

28 Do not be possessed by your possessions
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 19 Aug 2019
Judg. 2:11-19, Mt. 19:16-22. The story in today's first reading often mirrors our lives in relation to God. Sometimes we tend to ignore God more in time of success than of failure. The Israelites s

29 The fire of the Holy Spirit purifies our souls from evil
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 18 Aug 2019
Jer. 38:4-6.8-10, Heb. 12:1-4, Lk. 12:49-53. On this Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, the Church encourages us to fight against evil by following the footsteps of Christ who came to bring

30 God's love is boundless
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 17 Aug 2019
Josh. 24:14-29, Mt. 19:13-15. In the first reading, the people of Israel renew their commitment to the Covenant that God made with them in the presence of Joshua, the appointed leader of the entire

 
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