Dear parishioners,

Welcome to our visitors and to those who are new parishioners. We want all of you who come here from various countries and cultures to feel at ease and willing to share your gifts and talents for the service of God and to the parish. Please, do not hesitate to introduce yourselves to any of the brothers serving you.

In today’s Readings we may find enlightenment and responses to some of our possible questions such as:

What do we need to do on earth to be able to see God face to face after our body dies?

What internal dispositions do we need to always have to please God and to live at peace with Him and with one another?

The prophet Zephaniah somewhat enlightens us:

“Seek the Lord, all you, the humble of the earth, who obey his commands. Seek integrity, seek humility: you may perhaps find shelter on the day of the anger of the Lord.” (Zeph.2,3)

Yet, it is Jesus who perfectly show us the ways to be truly happy and completely fulfilled though not on earth. We find them in his sermon on the mountain in the Beatitudes. Yet, how does he want us to understand them?

‘How happy are the poor in spirit; theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Happy the gentle:  they shall have the earth for their heritage.

Happy those who mourn: they shall be comforted.

Happy those who hunger and thirst for what is right: they shall be satisfied.

Happy the merciful: they shall have mercy shown them.

Happy the pure in heart: they shall see God.

Happy the peacemakers: they shall be called sons of God.

Happy those who are persecuted in the cause of right:  theirs is the kingdom of heaven‘

Happy are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.’ (Mt. 5,2-12)

 

Did Jesus give us these Beatitudes without particular order? No, all the words of Jesus come from his divine wisdom. If the first Beatitude demands us to be poor in spirit, let us then understand the need to do the will of God and not ours. The Virgin Mary perfectly lived thatBeatitude when she said: “May it be done according to your word” and thereafter.

In order to receive the rewards promised, let us try very hard to be merciful toward others and pure in heart.

Fr.Antoine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Who among us has never been tempted to blame God for our trials: physical suffering, emotional pain, unemployment etc? Then are we not tempted by the following thoughts or angry words: “What are you doing God, do you care?”

Interestingly enough this is what we are hearing from the prophet Habakkuk: “How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, Violence!  But you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice?  Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds”.(1-3)

How do we think God is going to answer? We’ll find out by listening to the next few verses. Yet, in the Old Testament, the answer from God cannot really satisfy us. Is it not in Jesus Christ that the full response to our anguish and pain will be given? Is it not in him alone that we should place our total trust?

He did not become man to remove all pain and trials from our existence. He came to teach us how to use suffering in order to make our love for God more real. He came to teach us to be a servant of God by showing compassion to people who suffer.

Jesus teaches his disciples to become servants “poor in spirit”. Are we doing things for our parish and for other people just out of our love for God or also for our personal gratification? A pure charity does not seek one’s own interest as St Paul writes (1Cor.13). This is a challenging purification!

Do we understand that adoring God every day is the first “service” along with praise that is due to him as Creator?  Let us believe that our existence depends on him every second of our life. Therefore is not the first service of God to adore Him every single day as we wake up  and when we go to bed time at least?

Let us then be faithful in fulfilling our daily duties under his divine gaze knowing that Jesus will reward those of us who are faithful.

Saint Teresa of Calcutta said: “God has not called me to be successful; He has called me to be faithful”.

Fr.Antoine

 

 

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Who among us has never been tempted to blame God for our trials: physical suffering, emotional pain, unemployment etc? Then are we not tempted by the following thoughts or angry words: “What are you doing God, do you care?”

Interestingly enough this is what we are hearing from the prophet Habakkuk: “How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, Violence!  But you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice?  Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds”.(1-3)

How do we think God is going to answer? We’ll find out by listening to the next few verses. Yet, in the Old Testament, the answer from God cannot really satisfy us. Is it not in Jesus Christ that the full response to our anguish and pain will be given? Is it not in him alone that we should place our total trust?

He did not become man to remove all pain and trials from our existence. He came to teach us how to use suffering in order to make our love for God more real. He came to teach us to be a servant of God by showing compassion to people who suffer.

Jesus teaches his disciples to become servants “poor in spirit”. Are we doing things for our parish and for other people just out of our love for God or also for our personal gratification? A pure charity does not seek one’s own interest as St Paul writes (1Cor.13). This is a challenging purification!

Do we understand that adoring God every day is the first “service” along with praise that is due to him as Creator? Let us believe that our existence depends on him every second of our life. Therefore is not the first service of God to adore Him every single day as we wake up and when we go to bed time at least?

Let us then be faithful in fulfilling our daily duties under his divine gaze knowing that Jesus will reward those of us who are faithful.

Saint Teresa of Calcutta said: “God has not called me to be successful; He has called me to be faithful”.

Fr.Antoine

 

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Who among us has never been tempted to blame God for our trials: physical suffering, emotional pain, unemployment etc? Then are we not tempted by the following thoughts or angry words: “What are you doing God, do you care?”

Interestingly enough this is what we are hearing from the prophet Habakkuk: “How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, Violence!  But you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice?  Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds”.(1-3)

How do we think God is going to answer? We’ll find out by listening to the next few verses. Yet, in the Old Testament, the answer from God cannot really satisfy us. Is it not in Jesus Christ that the full response to our anguish and pain will be given? Is it not in him alone that we should place our total trust?

He did not become man to remove all pain and trials from our existence. He came to teach us how to use suffering in order to make our love for God more real. He came to teach us to be a servant of God by showing compassion to people who suffer.

Jesus teaches his disciples to become servants “poor in spirit”. Are we doing things for our parish and for other people just out of our love for God or also for our personal gratification? A pure charity does not seek one’s own interest as St Paul writes (1Cor.13). This is a challenging purification!

Do we understand that adoring God every day is the first “service” along with praise that is due to him as Creator? Let us believe that our existence depends on him every second of our life. Therefore is not the first service of God to adore Him every single day as we wake up and when we go to bed time at least?

Let us then be faithful in fulfilling our daily duties under his divine gaze knowing that Jesus will reward those of us who are faithful.

Saint Teresa of Calcutta said: “God has not called me to be successful; He has called me to be faithful”.

Fr.Antoine

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Who among us has never been tempted to blame God for our trials: physical suffering, emotional pain, unemployment etc? Then are we not tempted by the following thoughts or angry words: “What are you doing God, do you care?”

Interestingly enough this is what we are hearing from the prophet Habakkuk: “How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, Violence!  But you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice?  Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds”.(1-3)

How do we think God is going to answer? We’ll find out by listening to the next few verses. Yet, in the Old Testament, the answer from God cannot really satisfy us. Is it not in Jesus Christ that the full response to our anguish and pain will be given? Is it not in him alone that we should place our total trust?

He did not become man to remove all pain and trials from our existence. He came to teach us how to use suffering in order to make our love for God more real. He came to teach us to be a servant of God by showing compassion to people who suffer.

Jesus teaches his disciples to become servants “poor in spirit”. Are we doing things for our parish and for other people just out of our love for God or also for our personal gratification? A pure charity does not seek one’s own interest as St Paul writes (1Cor.13). This is a challenging purification!

Do we understand that adoring God every day is the first “service” along with praise that is due to him as Creator? Let us believe that our existence depends on him every second of our life. Therefore is not the first service of God to adore Him every single day as we wake up and when we go to bed time at least?

Let us then be faithful in fulfilling our daily duties under his divine gaze knowing that Jesus will reward those of us who are faithful.

Saint Teresa of Calcutta said: “God has not called me to be successful; He has called me to be faithful”.

Fr.AntoineFr.Antoine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fr.Antoine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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