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Doctrines & Morals
 
 
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The Feast of St Andrew the Apostle
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 30 Nov 2020
Rom. 10:9-18, Mt. 4:18-22. Today, we celebrate the Feast of Andrew the Apostle, one of the Twelve Apostles of Christ and brother of Peter, the Vicar of Christ. In calling Andrew to be a disciple, J

Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 29 Nov 2020
Ish. 63:16-17.64.1-8, I Cor. 1:3-9, Mt. 13:33-37. Today, we begin the First Sunday of Advent and a new liturgical calendar, Year B, which is composed of four Sundays (hope, love, joy and peace), as

On either side of the river is the tree of life
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 28 Nov 2020
Rev. 22:1-7, Lk. 21:34-36. On this final day of the liturgical year we reflect on our transition from darkness to light. Meanwhile we must trust in God’s plan for us and for the world and go

When you see ally ese things happening, know that the reign of God is near
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 27 Nov 2020
Rev. 20:1-4.21:1-2, Lk. 21:29-33. The apocalyptic book of Revelation was written for Christians who were dumbfounded by persecution under the Roman empire and the Church felt hounded on all sides.

We look forward to the restoration of peace and justice
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 26 Nov 2020
Rev. 18:1-2.21-23.19:1-3.9, Lk. 21:20-28. Today's first reading presents us with the vision of the fall of ‘Babylon’ as the Angel of God brings about the final defeat of the devil and f

By your endurance you will gain your souls
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 25 Nov 2020
Rev. 15:1-4, Lk. 21:12-19. “By your endurance you will gain your souls.” This is one of those floating phrases that can apply to many situations. It is echoed earlier in the Gospel of L

Beware that you are not led astray
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 24 Nov 2020
Rev. 14:14-19, Lk. 21:5-11. As we come to the last week of the liturgical year, the message is apt to speak of the global catastrophe and the end of the world. In the apocalyptic language of today'

She gave all she had
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 23 Nov 2020
Rev. 14:1-3.4-55, Lk. 21:1-4. To draw near to God, calls for unconditional commitment and we find examples of such courage in today's first reading. The martyrs faced death because of their commitm

The Solemnity of Christ the Universal King
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 22 Nov 2020
Ezk. 34:11-17, 1 Cor. 15:20-28, Mt 25:31-46. With the celebration of the Solemnity of Christ the universal King we come to the end of liturgical Year A on this Thirty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

10 The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 21 Nov 2020
Rev. 11:4-12, Lk. 20:27-40. Today, we celebrate an important truth about Mary: From the beginning of her life, she was dedicated to God. As a dedicated child of God, she was called by God to become

11 My house shall be a house of prayer
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 20 Nov 2020
In today's first reading, John speaks of the sweet-sour experience of consuming the scroll of God’s Word. Consuming the scroll is indicative of the importance of God’s Word as the Scrip

12 We are made Priests to serve our God
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 19 Nov 2020
Rev. 5:1-10, Lk. 19:41-44. Today's first reading declares that it is only the Lamb of God who has the authority to break the seals and open up the scroll which describes God’s plan for humani

13 You ought to have invested by money with the bankers
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 18 Nov 2020
As we make our way through each day, we desire to see and experience the presence of the Lord in the midst of the activities of the day. We know and believe that the Lord is always present; our cha

14 Let us avoid religious indifference
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 17 Nov 2020
Rev. 3:1-6.14-22, Lk. 19:1-10. Through a series of visions in the Book of Revelation, the risen Lord sends messages of conversion to each of the seven Churches in Asia Minor. The last of them was t

15 Repent and do the works you did at first
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 16 Nov 2020
Rev. 1:1-4.2:1-5, Lk. 18:35-43. Today's Gospel recounts the healing of the blind man, Bartimaeus, who sat at Jericho gate begging when Jesus was going up to Jerusalem. Hoping that his sight could b

16 An uncreative life is useless and unfit for the glory of God
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 15 Nov 2020
SUNDAY SPIRITUAL BANQUET: Prov. 31:10-13.19-20.30-31, 1 Thess. 5:1-6, Mt. 25:14-30. On this Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, the Church invites us to invest our talents in the realities th

17 Prayer is an acknowledgement of God
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 14 Nov 2020
3 Jn 1:5-8, Lk. 18:1-8. In today's first reading, John praises Gaius for his faith lived out in providing for missionaries and exhorts him to continue his support for those being sent out on the jo

18 We encounter God through events of life
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 13 Nov 2020
2 Jn 1:4-9, Lk. 17:26-37. In today's first reading, John is delighted to find some of the Christians in his community showing sincere love for each other and walking in truth. Walking in truth incl

19 The Memorial of St Josaphat Kuntsevych
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 12 Nov 2020
Phil. 1:7-20, Lk. 17:20-25. Today's first reading presents us with the shortest Pauline Epistle addressed to Philemon, a friend and co-worker. One of the purposes of this writing is to ask Phi

20 The Memorial of St Martin of Tours
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 11 Nov 2020
Tit. 3:1-7, Lk. 17:11-19. Today’s liturgy invites us to reflect on the magnificence of God’s graciousness. In today's first reading, Paul encourages Titus to motivate the people un

21 The Memorial of St Leo the Great
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 10 Nov 2020
Tit. 2:1-8.11-14, Lk. 17:7-10. In today's first reading, Paul lists out attributes that characterise true believers. Paul urges us to be role model for the young members of the community by pr

22 The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 09 Nov 2020
Ezk. 47:1-2.8-9.12, 1 Cor. 3:9-11.16-17, Jn 2:13-22. Today we recall the dedication of the Basilica of St John of Lateran, the Cathedral of Rome. The Lateran was chosen as the Cathedral of Rome lon

23 The groom is here, come out and greet him
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 08 Nov 2020
Wis. 6:12-16, 1 Thess. 4:13-18, Mt. 25:1-13. On this Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, the Church invites us to grow in the virtue of perseverance. Today's first reading presents us wit

24 Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in faithful
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 07 Nov 2020
Phil. 4:10-19, Lk. 16:9-15. In today's first reading, Paul commends his reliable co-workers who played their part in the service of the Gospel. Paul praises his friends in Philippi for sharing thei

25 Imitate me as I imitate Christ
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 06 Nov 2020
Phil. 3:17-4:1, Lk. 16:1-8. In today's first reading, Paul urges us to imitate him as he imitates Jesus so that we may be able to look forward to enjoying the fullness of life which awaits us. 

26 Rejoice with me
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 05 Nov 2020
Phil. 3:3-8, Lk. 15:1-10. We all need people with whom we can journey and who want to journey with us. Beneath all this searching and longing is our yearning for what can satisfy our deepest longin

27 The Memorial of St Charles Borromeo
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 04 Nov 2020
Phil. 2:12-18, Lk. 14:25-33. Today's first reading presents us with the optimistic wishes of Paul for the Philippians. He illustrates how a vibrant community should function, if there is a shared s

28 He was in the form of God but did not count equality with God
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 03 Nov 2020
Phil. 2:5-11, Lk. 14:15-24. In today's first reading, Paul quotes from an early Christian hymn to Jesus, that summarises a vibrant spirituality of humility. Our attitude to life must be modelled on

29 The Commemoration of All Souls
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 02 Nov 2020
Wis. 3:1-9, Rom. 5:5-11, Jn 6:37-40. The commemoration of All Souls reminds us of the reality of death and life after death. Somehow, sometime, sooner or later, we will experience the startling rea

30 The Solemnity of All Saints
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 01 Nov 2020
Rev. 7:2-4.9-14, 1 Jn 3:1-3, Mt. 5:1-12. As we celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints on this Thirty first Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, the Church reminds us of who we are and what the future hol

 
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