Hallelujah by Fr. John Muscat, OFM

The greatest joy we can have is to encounter the living Lord and to know him personally. Early Sunday morning the women went to the tomb to pay their last tribute to a dead body. The disciples thought that everything had ended in tragedy. No one was ready to see an empty tomb and hearContinue reading “Hallelujah by Fr. John Muscat, OFM”

“ Child, your sins are forgiven” by Fr. Jesus

Today’s gospel discloses something more about Jesus: he is not only a healer of bodies; he is the “Son of Man, “with power to heal the soul. If a person who knows nothing about Jesus Christ read the gospels of the last four Sundays, he would most probably think that Jesus was a doctor orContinue reading ““ Child, your sins are forgiven” by Fr. Jesus”

“Discipleship is Following Jesus on the Way of the Cross ( Mk 8: 27-35)” by Fr. Joel

The prophet Isaiah tells us that a true follower of God is a servant. A servant is a son or a daughter of God who works in accord to His ways. The context of the gospel this Sunday is on the thematic teaching of Jesus on his suffering through the way of the cross. ItContinue reading ““Discipleship is Following Jesus on the Way of the Cross ( Mk 8: 27-35)” by Fr. Joel”

“Give Us This Bread Always” by Fr. Jesus

They were looking for him, not because of their faith and love for him but because he fed them. (We might pause right here for a while to reflect on our own motivation in following Jesus, in coming to mass, in joining church activities, etc.) For five consecutive Sundays, we will be reading almost inContinue reading ““Give Us This Bread Always” by Fr. Jesus”

Parables of the Two Seeds by Fr. Greg Redoblado, OFM

Everything belongs to God, “the giver of growth and the sole determiner of the time for harvest.” We have two seed parables in our Gospel today. The first is about the seed growing secretly and the second is about the mustard seed, a tiny seed that can grow big. Both are parables that speak toContinue reading “Parables of the Two Seeds by Fr. Greg Redoblado, OFM”

Ephphatah! by Fr. Greg Redoblado, OFM

God’s love is open to all, so that even the deaf may be able to hear his words and then proclaim aloud his deeds of healing and compassion. Allow me just to dwell on the following observations on some interesting details in the Gospel-story of the healing of the deaf-mute man. From these observations, weContinue reading “Ephphatah! by Fr. Greg Redoblado, OFM”

“Honoring God with the Heart”, by Fr. Jesus

In today’s gospel, Jesus argues with the Pharisees and the scribes, inviting them to look beyond the letter of the law and to discover the spirit of the law. He explains to them, and to us too, that true religion does not consist in the mere performance of external rituals and external cleanliness; rather itContinue reading ““Honoring God with the Heart”, by Fr. Jesus”

“Lord, to Whom Shall We Go? You have the Words of Eternal Life”, by Fr. John

A true Christian, who realizes and appreciates what the Son of God has done and is still doing for him, will try always to make himself less unworthy, for not even the greatest saint was worthy to partake of this act of divine love. Last Sunday we read of the murmurs of objection among theContinue reading ““Lord, to Whom Shall We Go? You have the Words of Eternal Life”, by Fr. John”

“This is my blood of the covenant”, by Fr. Jesus

The New Testament covenant, ratified by the blood of Christ, is eternal because Christ is eternally faithful to it by doing the will of the Father to the end. The feast of Corpus Christi is like an extension of the Holy Thursday celebration when our Lord instituted the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist during theContinue reading ““This is my blood of the covenant”, by Fr. Jesus”

“Pentecost Sunday”, by Fr. Joel

Pentecost is the feast of the Spirit manifesting within the people the will of God. This is a Jewish feast fifty days after Passover. St. Luke recalled in the Acts of the Apostles the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (2:4). The large crowd that was gathered during the feast were confused and amazed how theContinue reading ““Pentecost Sunday”, by Fr. Joel”