Fourth Sunday of Lent (Year C)

Dear parishioners Today’s gospel is usually entitled “The Prodigal Son”, however, the parable is more about who the Father is, rather than the son.  In this parable we discover the heart of God the Father; how he relates not just to his wayward son, but rather two of his sons who have gone wrong.   The first son rebels against the father.  He must be feeling that his father and his father’s house is an obstacle to his freedom.  So, he rebels, asks for an early inheritance, lives for fleeting pleasures, and is found empty.  How often we can see
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Third Sunday of Lent (Year C)

Dear Parishioners, In this Sunday’s Gospel, men come to Jesus and tell him of a massacre of Galileans by Pilate. They interpret the men’s fate as the consequence of their sin, considering themselves in the clear by comparison. No, Jesus answers, it is not that these men were worse sinners, but if you yourselves do not repent “you will all perish as they did.” What Jesus asks his hearers to draw from the events they have recounted to Him is simply this: the call to conversion. A call personal and for each one of us truly urgent.  Urgent because none
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Second Sunday of Lent

Dear parishioners, Today is the Second Sunday of Lent and we hear in the Gospel how Jesus was transfigured before three of his disciples, Peter, James and John. Jesus was seen conversing with Moses and Elijah: they “spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem.” (cf. Luke 9:31) In this event of the Transfiguration that we meditate upon this Sunday, the Lord prepares us for the exodus that he is going to undertake. The exodus that he speaks about is not that of the Old Testament when the Israelites left Egypt to journey in the desert
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First Sunday of Lent

Dear Parishioners, Going into the Desert The Gospel this weekend speaks of the Holy Spirit leading Jesus into the desert for 40 days.  It is interesting that it was the God that led Him in to the desert. There is an obvious parallel with the Hebrews spending 40 years in the desert before they enter the promised land. In both cases, i.e. the 40 days of Jesus and the 40 years of Israel, the devil tempts and in the end they come through to establish the Kingdom.  Before going out to conquer the world, He shows us that the first
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Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Dear Parishioners, I have chosen two verses from this Sunday’s Gospel for us to think about. 1.“…the fully trained disciple will always be like his teacher.” Our Teacher is Christ and He teaches by example. We can literally say that he SHOWS us the Way. Since He is the Way, we understand that for Him to SHOW us the Way He need only be, He need only live His life, He need only act… On the other hand, we have here the figure of the “fully trained disciple”. Who is this person? Have you ever met a “fully trained disciple”?
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