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Your faith has saved you
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 18 Nov 2019
1 Macc. 1:10-15.41-43.54-57.62-64, Lk. 18:35-43. The Maccabeenians' revolt was against the attempt to force pagan customs on the Israelites. In today's first reading, their political master, king A

Your endurance will win you your lives
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 17 Nov 2019
Mal. 3:19-20, 2 Thess. 3:7-12, Lk. 21:5-19. On this Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, the Church invites us to imbibe the virtue of endurance. In today’s first reading, Malachi spe

Prayer is very essential for our life on earth
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 16 Nov 2019
Wis. 18:14-16.19:6-9, Lk. 18:1-8. In today’s Gospel, the widow persists in her pursuit of justice with the crooked judge. This is a determined widow and she eventually weighs down the worldly

Look to the Lord and be radiant
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 15 Nov 2019
Wis. 13:1-9, Lk. 17:26-37. Today’s Gospel can only be described as sober if it has no joyful ending. Indeed, our times today might seem like Noah’s time where everyone seems distracted

The Kingdom of God is among you
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 14 Nov 2019
Wis. 7:22-8:1, Lk. 17:20-25. Wisdom is like a golden thread interwoven through life, which draws and inspires us towards God. This wisdom “penetrates and pervades all things.” In today'

The other nine, where are they?
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 13 Nov 2019
Wis. 6:1-11, Lk. 17:11-19. Today's first reading exhorts leaders and rulers to judge justly and wisely, else they risk the rejection of God. We are called to reflect on our lives and actions and se

The Memorial of St Martin of Tours
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 11 Nov 2019
Wis. 1:1-7, Lk. 17:1-6. Throughout this week, our attention shall be drawn to the Book of Wisdom, the last of the Wisdom literature in the Old Testament. Today's first reading is so practical as it

They are the same as Angels
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 10 Nov 2019
2 Macc. 7:1-2.9-14, 2 Thess. 2:16-3:5, Lk. 20:27-38. On this Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, the Church reminds us that if we valiantly persevere in times of temptation, hardship and

The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 09 Nov 2019
Ezk. 47:1-2.8-9.12, 1 Cor. 3:9-11.16-17, Jn 2:13-22. Today, we celebrate the Lateran Basilica built by Emperor Constantine on the Lateran Hill in Rome about 324 AD. The feast was celebrated in hono

10 Each of us must give an account of himself to God
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 08 Nov 2019
Rom. 15:14-21, Lk. 16:1-8. Paul was a zealous preacher, apostle of the Gentiles, prolific writer and itinerant teacher of faith. In today’s first reading, he boasts of his work and enjoins us

11 The Life and death of each of us has it influence on others
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 07 Nov 2019
DAILY SRom. 14:7-12, Lk. 15:1-10. Let us imagine how the lost-and-found sheep would have felt about the master’s effort to risk the ninety-nine obedient sheep and to go in search of one, if t

12 Owe no one anything, except to love one another
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 06 Nov 2019
Rom. 13:8-10, Lk. 14:25-33. What Jesus speaks of in today's Gospel is practical mysticism: nobody undertakes a task without anticipating the cost and ensuring that one has enough resources to reali

13 The Kingdom is where God's People are
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 05 Nov 2019
Rom. 12:5-16, Lk. 14:15-24. One can only imagine the seeming utter chaos at the royal banquet Jesus describes in today's Gospel. The poor, crippled, blind and lame are not the original invitees. He

14 Hospitality marks the ministry of Jesus
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 04 Nov 2019
Talking to a wealthy Pharisee who had invited Him to a meal, Jesus in today's Gospel offers unexpected advice. Pharisees tended to dine only with their own devout friends, but Jesus says it would b

15 Today Salvation has come to your home
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 03 Nov 2019
Wis. 11:22-12:2, 2 Thess. 1:11-2:2, Lk 19:1-10. On this Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, the Church reminds us that though we might seem insignificant, but the love, mercy and salvation

16 The Commemoration of All Souls
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 02 Nov 2019
Wis. 3:1-9, Rom. 5:5-11, Lk. 7:11-17. Today, we, the 'Church Militants' are praying for all the deceased, the people we know, but also millions of others who have passed on from this life, still be

17 The Solemnity of All Saints
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 01 Nov 2019
Rev. 7:2-4.9-14, 1 Jn 3:1-3, Mt. 5:1-12. On this Solemnity of All Saints, we focus our attention on holy men and women whom the Church has thoroughly examined and judged worthy of the glory of Heav

18 Who will separate us from the love of Christ?
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 31 Oct 2019
Rom. 8:31-39, Lk. 13:31-35. In today's first reading, Paul sees life as a battleground for good and evil forces. It is a battle we can wage with confidence because Christ is on our side: “Who

19 The Spirit helps us in our weakness
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 30 Oct 2019
Rom. 8:22-30, Lk. 13:26-30. In today's first reading, Paul enjoins us to put our trust in God through the works of the Holy Spirit, for it is through the Holy Spirit that God guides us to the right

20 The humble beginning of the Kingdom of God
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 29 Oct 2019
Rom. 8:18-25, Lk. 13:18-21. In today's Gospel, Jesus presents us with two parables about the Kingdom of Heaven. That is, the unprecedented growth of a tiny seed into a large shrub. The Kingdom of G

21 The Feast of Simon and Jude
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 28 Oct 2019
Eph. 2:19-22, Lk. 6:12-16. On the various lists of the apostles, the tenth and eleventh places are occupied by Simon the Zealot, also called Simon the Canaanean and by Judas of James, also called T

22 Humility gives room for the grace of God
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 27 Oct 2019
Sirach 35:12-14.16-19, 2 Tim 4:6-8.16-19, Lk. 18:9-14.On this Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, the Church reminds us that the Lord is a 'Just Judge' who favours the humble and the ju

23 God is a Just Judge
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 26 Oct 2019
Sirach 35:12-14.16-19, 2 Tim 4:6-8.16-19, Lk. 18:9-14.On this Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, the Church reminds us that the Lord is a 'Just Judge' who favours the humble and the ju

24 My Grace is sufficient for you
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 25 Oct 2019
Rom. 7:18-25, Lk. 12:54-59. In today's first reading, Paul speaks of the contradiction that he experienced within: They will to do good and the prevalence of evil which he hates. Paul understood it

25 How I wish it were blazing already
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 24 Oct 2019
Rom. 6:19-23, Lk. 12:49-53. Today’s readings are rich in paradox. In the first reading, Paul speaks of being enslaved by God; surely he does not imagine God as a slave-driver. In the Scriptur

26 Happy are those who are aware of their responsibilities
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 23 Oct 2019
Rom. 6:12-18, Lk. 12:39-48. Today's readings challenge us to stay vigilant and resist the temptation to sin. Sin is a very dangerous threat to us and if we allow sin to have its way in us, we will

27 Be ready, dress up and light lamps
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 22 Oct 2019
Rom. 5:12.15.17-21, Lk. 12:36-38. According to St Paul in today's first reading, we are all descendants of Adam and are united by our bond with Jesus. Through Adam we share in the sins, prejudices

28 Let us do what is right before God
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 21 Oct 2019
Rom. 4:20-25, Lk. 12:13-21. While Paul affirms the power of faith to justify us in today's first reading, he does not mean to devalue the good works that are also vital to Christian life. He is not

29 Baptised and Sent
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 20 Oct 2019
Zech. 8:20-23, Rom. 10:9-18, Mk 16:15-20.On this Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, we celebrate the "World Mission Sunday", with the theme: “Baptised and Sent: The Church of

30 Righteousness comes through faith
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 19 Oct 2019
Rom. 4:13.16-18, Lk. 12:8-12. Some Christians often analyse today’s first reading through the lens of “justification by faith.” Paul’s letter demonstrates how “righteo

 
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