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Doctrines & Morals
 
 
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The Memorial of St Boniface
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 05 Jun 2020
2 Tim. 3:10-17, Mk 12:35-37. Our formation comes first from home and then from our circle of teachers and friends, reinforced by our worship in Church. In today's first reading, Paul refers to this

Love of God overflows into the love of neighbours
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 04 Jun 2020
2 Tim. 2:8-15, Mk 12:28-34. In today's Gospel, a learned Jew goes to Jesus and asks: “Which is the first of all the commandments?” There were a lot of regulations and he wanted to know

The Memorial of St Charles Lwanga and Companions
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 03 Jun 2020
2 Tim. 1:1-3.6-12, Mk 12:18-27. In today's Gospel, a tricky question was placed before Jesus by the Sadducees who did not believe in the resurrection of the dead. The Sadducees recognised the autho

The Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 01 Jun 2020
Gen. 3:9-15.20, Jn 19:25-34. Pope Francis declared this day after the Pentecost Sunday as the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, approximately over two years ago. However, we m

The Comforter has come
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 31 May 2020
Acts 2: 1-11, 1 Cor. 12:3-7.12-12, Jn 20:19-23. With the Solemnity of the Pentecost, we have come to the definitive end of Easter Season, which from its name marks the fiftieth day after the occasi

Eve of Pentecost
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 30 May 2020
Acts 28:16-20.30-31, Jn 21:20-25. Today's first reading presents us with the final segment in the “Journey Narrative” of Paul and his companions, who travelled through the Greek speakin

Expecting the Paraclete at Pentecost
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 29 May 2020
Acts 25:13-21, Jn 21:15-19. In moments of fear and crisis we can easily fall short of our best. This happened to Peter in today's Gospel. On the night when Jesus was arrested, Peter rashly denied J

His Love is constant and reliable
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 28 May 2020
Acts 22:30.23:6-11, Jn 17:20-26. A cry for oneness still runs through the Priestly Prayer of Jesus Christ in today's Gospel: "May they may be one in us, so that the world may believe that you sent

That they be one
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 27 May 2020
Acts 20:28-38, Jn 17:11-19. Today's first reading invites us to be on our guard and rely on the power of the Holy Spirit. In his farewell speech, Paul enjoins the Church leaders in Ephesus to remem

10 The Memorial of St Philip Neri
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 26 May 2020
Acts 20:17-27, Jn 17:1-11. Today's readings present us with the famous last words of Jesus and Paul as they completed their mission in life. Paul hopes to make a final visit to Jerusalem and then,

11 In the world you will have trouble, but be brave
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 26 May 2020
Acts 19:1-8, Jn 16:29-33. One of the mistakes we must seriously avoid is complacency; an obvious tendency that makes us take things for granted. This is at the heart of the warning in today’s

12 God speaks and listens to us
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 24 May 2020
Acts 1:12-14, 1 Pet. 4:13-16, Jn 17:1-11. On this Seventh Sunday of Easter Year A, which is also known as "World Communication Sunday", the Church invites us to deepen our relationship with God and

13 God is made accessible to us
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 23 May 2020
Acts 18:23-28, Jn 16:23-28. Paul’s favourite metaphor in his teaching to the Christians was the phrase ‘in Christ.’ Jesus also spoke often of His being in us and our being in Him.

14 I am with you always
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 22 May 2020
Acts 18:9-18, Jn 16:20-23. The concern of Jesus for His disciples is particularly touching in today’s Gospel. He knows He is about to face His passion and death and that He will no longe

15 The Ascension of Christ is our exaltation
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 21 May 2020
Acts 1:1-11, Eph. 1:17-23, Mt. 28:16-20. On the fortieth day after Easter, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord into Heaven. If we remain faithful, the Ascension of Christ is our

16 The Holy Spirit will lead us to the complete truth
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 20 May 2020
Acts 17:15.22-8:1, Jn 16:12-15. In today's first reading, Paul recognises the exquisite beauty of the many artworks carved in marble in the Areopagus, the main square of Athens. By their statuary a

17 What must we do to be saved
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 19 May 2020
Acts 16:22-34, Jn 16:5-11. Today's first reading recounts the prison experience of Paul and Silas: at midnight their prayers amid praise and worship was high unto the Lord: "All that is within them

18 The Lord delight in His people
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 18 May 2020
Acts 16:11-15, Jn 15:26-16:4. Three points leap out from today’s readings: The fact that the Lord takes delight in us as the responsorial Psalm assures us. In today's Gospel, Jesus promises u

19 However loves me will be loved by my Father
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 18 May 2020
Acts 8:5-8.14-17, Ps 65, 1 Pt 3:15-18, Jn 14:15-23. On this Sixth Sunday of Easter Year Year A, the Church invites us to imitate Christ who conquer fear and hatred with love. One of the wonders of

20 Come to Macedonia to help us
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 16 May 2020
Acts 16:1-10, Jn 15:18-21. Goodness is said to be contagious. Attracted by this fraternity, the saints in Macedonia became partakers of love-sharing. In today's first reading, Paul and his companio

21 You did not choose me, no, I chose you
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 15 May 2020
Acts 15:22-31, Jn 15:12-17. Bonding is an integral element of a progressive and true friendship. We see this develop between Jesus and His disciples. From servants to friends and after His resurrec

22 The Feast of St Matthias, the Apostle
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 14 May 2020
Acts 1:15-17.20-26, Jn 15:9-17. As we celebrate the Feast of St Matthias, the Church challenges us to always give time for discernment in order to place the final decisions on things in the hands o

23 I am the Vine, you are the branches
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 13 May 2020
Acts 15:1-6, Jn 15:1-8. Paul and Barnabas edify us on working together in obedience to the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Jesus, the Vine. Paul is more outspoken, versatile with Jewish education and a

24 Peace is my gift to you
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 12 May 2020
Acts 14:19-28, Jn 14:27-31. Team spirit is a great motivational factor for having a hard job done with ease and accomplishing much within a little space of time. The missionary account of today's f

25 Not to us, Lord, not to us
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 11 May 2020
Acts 14:5-18, Jn 14:21-26. In today's Gospel, Jesus assures us that "the Advocate", the Holy Spirit will teach us everything and reminds us of all that He told us. The Holy Spirit will teach us wha

26 I am in the Father and the Father is in me
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 10 May 2020
Acts 6:1-7, 1 Pet. 2:4-9, Jn 14:1-12. On this Fifth Sunday of Easter Year A, the Church invites us to turn our focus on Christ, for the love and mercy He has shown us. In today’s first readin

27 Let us see the Father
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 09 May 2020
Acts 13:44-52, Jn 14:7-14. When Paul and Barnabas were expelled from the Synagogue and extradited from the territory, as narrated in today's first reading, what seemed a failure actually served the

28 I am the Way, the Truth and the Life
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 08 May 2020
Acts 13:26-33, Jn 14:1-6. In today's first reading, Paul roamed through the Hebrew Scriptures, beginning with the patriarchs to Moses and ending with John the Baptist preparing the way for Jesus. I

29 I tell you before it takes place, so that you may know that I AM
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 07 May 2020
Acts 13:13-25, Jn 13:16-20. In today's first reading, Paul reveals some of the great moments of Israel’s history, while preaching in a Synagogue in Pisidia. He focuses on Moses, David and Joh

30 Set apart Barnabas and Saul for the work
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 06 May 2020
Acts 12:24-13:5, Jn 12:44-50. The loving union between the members of the Church and their fidelity to God is modelled after the union between Jesus and our Heavenly Father. In today's Gospel, Jesu

 
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