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How often should I forgive
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 13 Aug 2020
Ezk. 12:1-12, Mt. 18:21-19:1. In today's first reading, Ezekiel describes two symbolic actions by which God intended Israel to learn a vital lesson. He carries his belongings through a hole in the

Wherever two or three are gathered in My Name, there am I in their midst
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 12 Aug 2020
Ezk. 9:1-7.10:18-22, Mt. 18:15-20. The two readings witness to a sense of unity among the chosen people of God. In today's first reading, Ezekiel sees that their collective life goes on, even in th

The Memorial of St Clare
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 11 Aug 2020
THE MEMORIAL OF ST CLARE: Ezk. 2:8-3:4, Mt. 18:1-5.10.12-14. Sometimes the kind of questions people ask reveal their values and priorities. The question that the disciples put to Jesus in toda

The Feast of St Lawrence
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 10 Aug 2020
2 Cor. 9:6-10, Jn 12:24-26. Today, we celebrate the Feast of St Lawrence, one of the seven Deacons of the third century Church in Rome and was martyred under the Emperor Valerian on the August 10th

Our trials could either be a training in the school of faith or a lesson in the school of life
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 09 Aug 2020
I Kgs 19:9.11-13, Rom. 9:1-5, Mt. 14:22-33. On this Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, the Church reminds us that God has always been faithful and He will always be by our side no matter wh

If we seek our own needs, we risk losing ourselves
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 07 Aug 2020
Nahum 2:1.3.3:1-3.6-7, Mt. 16:24-28. In today's first reading, the Prophet Nahum celebrates the victory of goodness and fidelity over massive forces of evil and oppression, and cruelty imposed on t

The Transfiguration of the Lord
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 06 Aug 2020
Dan. 7: 9-10.13-14; 2 Pt. 1:16-19, Mt. 17:1-9. Today we celebrate the Transfiguration where Jesus revealed His true nature as the Divine Son of God, shining forth from His humanity, unveiling that

Your faith have made you well
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 05 Aug 2020
Jer. 31:1-7, Mt. 15:21-28. In today's first reading, Jeremiah speaks to the people in exile who have been taken across the desert to Babylon. His reassuring words are an allusion to the people of I

The Memorial of St John-Mary Vianney
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 04 Aug 2020
Jer. 30:1-2.12-15.18-22, Mt. 15:1-2.10-14. We often want to be in control of our lives and the lives of others. We try to impose our will on others, rather than to see the will of God in all c

10 The Lord calm our storm
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 03 Aug 2020
In today's first reading, we recall how the prophet Jeremiah faced tough opposition from false prophets that were present towards the end of the kingdom of Judah, as those false prophets tried to m

11 The Memorial of St Alphonsus Liguori
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 01 Aug 2020
Jer. 26:11-16.24, Mt. 14:1-12. Almost all the Old Testament prophets express a burning indignation when an Israelite preyed on another Israelite, forced the sale of family inheritance, overlooked t

12 The Memorial of St Ignatius of Loyola
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 31 Jul 2020
Jer. 26:1-9, Mt. 13:54-58. A longer version of today’s first reading's call for justice appeared earlier (Jer. 7), where the injustices of daily life are said to contaminate the liturgy. The

13 God the Divine Potter will reshape us
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 30 Jul 2020
Jer. 18:1-6, Mt. 13:47-53. Today's first reading presents us with the symbolic actions of Jeremiah that announces the creative intention of God, the 'Divine Potter', to collapse the deformed clay b

14 The Memorial of St Martha
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 29 Jul 2020
Jer. 15:10.16-21, Lk. 10:38-42. Following God can pose many challenges. In today's first reading, Jeremiah realises those challenges as he continues his ministry as a prophet of God. The

15 The Wheat will be separated from the weeds
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 28 Jul 2020
Jer. 14:17-22, Mt. 13:36-43. In today's first reading, Jeremiah lifts up a prayer to God, imploring the mercy of God over His people due to the promises of the covenant made to the Chosen People of

16 Anyone who has ears should hear
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 27 Jul 2020
Jer. 13:1-11, Mt. 13:31-35. In today's first reading, the prophet Jeremiah gives us images and figurative language to describe reality of things around him. He takes a loin cloth, wears it and

17 An understanding heart is God's gift
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 26 Jul 2020
I Kgs 3:5.7-12, Rom. 8:28-30, Mt 13:44-52. On this Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, the Church reminds us that our true treasure is found in God. Today’s first reading gives us the

18 The Feast of St James, the Apostle
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 25 Jul 2020
2 Cor. 4:7-15, Mt. 20:20-28. Today we celebrate the Feast of St James, the Apostle. James was the brother of John and they were the sons of Zebedee, “sons of thunder.” They ha

19 I will raise a shepherd after my own heart
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 24 Jul 2020
Jer. 3:14-17, Mt. 13:18-23. In today's first reading, Jeremiah speaks to the people about a time when the old way of relating to God will be changed. Instead of a relationship based on Temple

20 Let us grow deeper in our friendship with Jesus
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 23 Jul 2020
Jer. 2:1-3.7-8.12-13, Mt. 13:10-17. Today's first reading recounts the displeasure of God at His people for their ingratitude and lack of faith, their constant disobedience and sinfulness, as they

21 The Feast of St Mary Magdalene
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 22 Jul 2020
Song 3:1-4, 2 Cor. 5:14-17, Jn 20:1-2.11-18. On this Feast of St Mary Magdalene, the readings present an aspect of Mary Magdalene and her quest for a closer relationship with the Lord. In the

22 Show us, O Lord, Your Kindness and grant us Your Salvation
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 21 Jul 2020
Micah 7:14-15.18-20, Mt. 12:46-50. Micah final prayer in today's first reading reflects Israel’s liberation and journey towards the Promised Land, under the watchful care of God. The chosen p

23 The Lord requests that we do justice, love kindness and walk humbly
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 20 Jul 2020
Micah 6:1-4.6-8, Mt. 12:38-42. In a flash of inspiration, today's first reading states what God really wants of us: “to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.&rdq

24 God can cope with continuing existence of evil in the world
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 19 Jul 2020
Wisdom 12:13.16-19, Rom. 8:26-27, Mt. 13:24-43. On this Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, the Church invites us to reflect on God’s leniency and mildness in judgement. The first readi

25 Jesus is sensitive to our vulnerability
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 18 Jul 2020
Micah 2:1-5, Mt. 12:14-21. To retain the privilege of being God’s elect, we need to practise kindness, compassion and a healthy humility. In today's first reading, God speaks through the prop

26 Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 17 Jul 2020
Ish 38:1-6, 21-22, Mt. 11:1-8. The Pharisees in today's Gospel cared more about legal regulations than on the basic purpose and meaning of religion. This made them suspicious of Jesus and led them

27 My yoke is easy and my burden light
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 16 Jul 2020
Ish 26:7-9.12.16-19, Mt. 11:28-30. Isaiah’s prayer in today's first reading is to God in whom he trusts. As in contemporary time, Isaiah has seen a great decline of faith. So, he prays: &ldqu

28 The Memorial of St Bonaventure
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 15 Jul 2020
Isaiah 10:5-7.13-16, Mt. 11:25-27. Caring parents find a loving way to guide and discipline their children. According to today's first reading, Assyria became a rod of God’s anger, to punish,

29 If you will not believe, surely you shall not be established
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 14 Jul 2020
Isaiah 7:1-9, Mt. 11:20-24. "If you will not believe, surely you shall not be established." This extract from today's first reading summarises our fruitless effort to achieve things or make progres

30 Do not think that I bring peace to the earth
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 13 Jul 2020
Ish 1:10-17, Mt. 10:34-11:1. Today's first reading points to the internal oppression within Israel, not caused as in the past by the Egyptians, but by fellow-Jews. The Lord questions the loyalty of

 
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