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Doctrines & Morals
 
 
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Remember your compassion, O Lord
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 27 Sep 2020
Ezk. 18:25-28, Phil. 1:1-11, Mt. 21:28-32. On this Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, the Church invites us to adopt the attitude of waiting on God, ponder over His words and be proactive

Rejoice, young man, while you are young
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 26 Sep 2020
Eccl. 11:9-12:8, Lk. 9:43-45. The author of today's first reading warns one of his youthful acquaintances about the inevitability of death: “Rejoice, young man, while you are young, and let your hea

For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under Heaven
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 25 Sep 2020
Eccl. 3:1-11, Lk. 9:18-22. Today's first reading presents us with the insight that everything has its time: "For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven." The author k

Vanity of vanity, all is vanity
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 24 Sep 2020
Eccl. 1:2-11, Lk. 9:7-9. As we look at life, it seems pretty much the same: people live and they die. While many only think about themselves, very few are selfless. That is what Qohe

The Memorial of Padre Pio
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 23 Sep 2020
Prov. 30:5-9, Lk. 9:1-6. Today's first reading begins by instructing us on the importance of staying faithful to the word of God. The author prays that he might be surrounded by truthfulness rather

My mother and brothers are those who do the will of God
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 22 Sep 2020
Prov. 21:1-6.10-13, Lk. 8:19-21. Most of the wisdom literature is based on common sense and practical wisdom. Today's first reading which forms part of the wisdom literature, teaches us to be open,

The Feast of St Matthew, the Apostle
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 21 Sep 2020
Eph. 4:1-7.11-13, Mt. 9:9-13. Today we celebrate the Feast of St Matthew whose name is derived from the Hebrew "Mattija", shortened to "Mattai" in post-Biblical Hebrew. In Greek, it is spelt "Matht

Seek the Lord where He may be found
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 20 Sep 2020
Ish 55:6-9, Phil. 1:20-24.27, Mt. 20:1-16. On this Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, the Church invites us to seek God with all of our strength and purify ourselves from sins and wickedn

The seed is the word of God
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 19 Sep 2020
1 Cor. 15:35-37.42-49, Lk. 8:4-15. In today's first reading, Paul uses the analogy of the seed to refer to the key concept of resurrection. Just as the seed is only a tiny shell of life, when it is

10 We are called to serve and not to be served
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 18 Sep 2020
1 Cor. 15:12-20, Lk. 8:1-3. In today's first reading, Paul stresses on the importance of faith in the resurrection of Christ. Without that we would have no hope of a future life and our faith would

11 The world can be transformed if we learn to forgive
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 17 Sep 2020
1 Cor. 15:1-11, Lk. 7:36-50. In today's first reading, Paul reminds us that we need to cling closely to the Good News and the truth which God has revealed to us through His Apostles, their successo

12 The Memorial of Saints Cornelius and Cyprian
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 16 Sep 2020
1 Cor. 12:31-13:13, Lk 7:31-35. We are “members of God’s household,” says Paul. If the Church is an extended family it should not be rigidly ruled, for its members are all sibling

13 Our Lady of Sorrows
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 15 Sep 2020
1 Cor. 10:14-22, Lk. 2:33-35. The title, “Our Lady of Sorrows,” was first given to the Blessed Virgin Mary to recall her intense grief during the passion and death of our Lord. Graduall

14 The Triumph of the Holy Cross
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 14 Sep 2020
Num. 21:4-9, Phil. 2:6-11, Jn 3:13-17. Paradoxically, Christians affirm their passion for life under the sign of the Cross, which in Roman times was a cruel, inhuman instrument of execution and the

15 He that takes vengeance will suffer vengeance from the Lord
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 13 Sep 2020
Sirach 27:30-28:7, Rom. 14:7-9, Mt. 18:21-35. On this Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, the Church challenges us to put on the cloak of forgiveness, which is an important element of rec

16 On Christ the solid rock I stand
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 12 Sep 2020
1 Cor. 10:14-22, Lk. 6:43-49. The image of “Rock” symbolises strength, consistency and trustworthiness in biblical term. The message from the symbolism of the "rock", shows that the roc

17 The blind cannot lead the blind
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 11 Sep 2020
1 Cor. 9:16-19.22-27, Lk. 6:39-42. Today, we are challenged not to act as “superiors” who command “subjects” but as coordinators in a shared project, where the gifts of each

18 Bless those who curse you
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 10 Sep 2020
1 Cor. 8:1-7.11-13, Lk. 6:27-38. Using the example of meat slaughtered in temples and dedicated to pagan gods, in today's first reading, Paul argues on two sides of this issue. Since, the supposed

19 Our vulnerability creates an opening for God to work in our lives
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 09 Sep 2020
1 Cor. 7:25-31, Lk. 6:20-26. In today's first reading, Paul admits to the Corinthians that he has no commandment from the Lord on the matter of celibacy: "About the unmarried, I have no command of

20 The Nativit of the Blessed Virgin Mary
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 08 Sep 2020
Micah 5:1-4, Mt. 1:1-6.18-23. We remember the birthday of people who are important in our lives. We also remember the birthday of those who have shared faith with us. The central person in terms of

21 Justice and mercy remains a vital challenge
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 07 Sep 2020
1 Cor. 5:1-8, Lk. 6:6-11. Paul would not cover up a public scandal in the Church, no matter who the person may be. He judges it “lewd conduct” for a man to be cohabiting with his stepmo

22 Fraternal love and correction is important to the Christian faith
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 06 Sep 2020
Ezk. 33:7-9, Rom. 13:8-10, Mt. 18:15-20. On this Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, the Church directs our minds to the importance of fraternal charity and correction. Today's first readi

23 Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 05 Sep 2020
1 Cor. 4:6-15, Lk. 6:1-5. One thing which prevents us from experiencing all that God has for us is that we worry about many things: what others think about us, concern about finances and probl

24 No one puts old wine into new wine skin
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 04 Sep 2020
1 Cor. 4:1-5, Lk. 5:33-39. The standards by which we look at ourselves are different from those which the world uses to judge us. Habitual critics never approve what others do, but always find

25 The Memorial of St Gregory the Great
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 03 Sep 2020
1 Cor. 3:18-23, Lk. 5:1-11. Most of us would have experienced failure in one shape or form. We may have failed to live up to the values and the goals we set; some enterprise or initiative that we i

26 Let us go to the other side
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 02 Sep 2020
1 Cor. 3:1-9, Lk. 4:38-44. In today's first reading, Paul reprimands the Corinthians for not standing as shining example to others as they fall into disunity. He calls them “infants,” n

27 God comes into our lives to drive out our fear
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 01 Sep 2020
1 Cor. 2:10-16, Lk. 4:31-37. Most times, we are caught up in our daily activities in the world that we are not aware of the spiritual world and the fight that is going on. We try to get throug

28 This text is being fulfilled today even while you are listening
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 31 Aug 2020
1 Cor. 2:1-5, Lk 4:16-30. In today's first reading, Paul speaks of the hopeful outlook that kept him going in his apostolic work. In all his activities, he felt under the power of the cross and the

29 We must have the mind of Christ
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 30 Aug 2020
Jer. 20:7-9, Rom. 12:1-2, Mt 16:21-27. On this Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, the Church encourages us to face and overcome our obstacles in order to be truly happy in life. In today

30 The Beheading of John the Baptist
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 29 Aug 2020
1 Cor. 1:26-31, Mk 6:17-29. Today’s memorial honours the great forerunner of Jesus, who gave his life for the truth, about a year before the Passion of Jesus, whose death on the Cross he prop

 
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