Homilies/Reflections

Homilies/Reflections

The Good Shepherd is here to protect us as His flock
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 21 Apr 2024
 Acts 4:8-12, 1 Jn 3:1-2, Jn 10:11-18. As we celebrate the Good Shepherd on this Fourth Sunday of Easter Year B, the Church invites us to imitate Christ, the good and true Shepherd. In today&r

It is the Spirit that gives Life
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 20 Apr 2024
 Acts 9:31-42, Jn 6:60-69. Through the Easter season the risen Christ brings life to what seemed dead within us, to make our faith blossom again. We can have a kind of spiritual rebirth, like

The Loving Kindness and Enduring Fidelity of God is Everlasting
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 19 Apr 2024
Acts 9:1-20, Jn 6:52-59. Two of the qualities that are the hallmarks of God throughout the Scriptures are “the loving kindness and enduring fidelity.” These two qualities are reflected

I am the Living Bread come down from Heaven
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 18 Apr 2024
Acts 8:26-40, Jn 6:44-51. Today’s first reading describes how God draws the Ethiopian eunuch towards the faith, before ever he met with Philip on the road from Jerusalem to Gaza. Like the Eth

Whoever comes to Me, I shall not turn away
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 17 Apr 2024
 Acts 8:1–8, Jn 6:35-40. Today’s first reading describes how Philip shares the Gospel in Samaria and his message was warmly welcomed when persecution arose against the Church in Je

Whoever comes to Me will not be hungry
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 16 Apr 2024
Acts 7:51–8:1, Jn 6:30-35. Today’s first reading compares Stephen’s martyrdom to the passion of Christ. Both of them were tried for blasphemy and condemned by the Sanhedrin. At th

They saw the face of Stephen glowing like the face of an Angel
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 15 Apr 2024
Acts 6:8-15, Jn 6:22-29. Today’s first reading recounts the story of the martyrdom of Stephen, the first martyr of the Church and one of the seven Deacons who were tasked with the distributio

We can be sure that we know God only by keeping His Commandments
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 14 Apr 2024
Acts 3:13-15.17-19, 1 Jn 2:1-5, Lk. 24:35-48. On this Third Sunday of Easter Year B, the Church reminds us of the sacrifice of Christ that takes our sins away. Today’s first reading presents

Choose among yourself reputable men
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 13 Apr 2024
Acts 6:1-7, Jn 6:16-21. Today’s first reading shows a blend of faith and reason. It confirms how the Apostles resolved an emerging problem in the Christian community by a reasonable proposal

10  If the claim is false as the others, it must fail
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 12 Apr 2024
Acts 5:34-42, Jn 6:1-15. Today’s first reading mentions several false messianic claimants who misled people in the previous years. At a meeting of the Council, Gamaliel proposed a sensible wa

11  We testify and so does the Holy Spirit
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 11 Apr 2024
Acts 5:27-33, Jn 3:31-36. Today’s first reading offers an instance of radically following Jesus: “We testify and so does the Holy Spirit,” said Peter. It suggests that we need the

12  Will act in the Light of Day
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 10 Apr 2024
Acts 5:17-26, Jn 3:16-21. After being freed from prison, Peter and John returned to the Temple and spoke their message to an enthusiastic audience. In today’s first reading, Peter and John ig

13  Special Growth needs the Community of Faith
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 09 Apr 2024
: Acts 4:32-37, Jn 3:7-15. Today’s first reading relates how the early Christians lived a communal life and shared their possessions, such that there was no one in financial distress. This to

14  Annunciation of the Lord
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 08 Apr 2024
Ish 7:10-14.8:10, Heb. 10:4-10, Lk. 1:26-38. We celebrate the Annunciation to Mary and the start of her Divine pregnancy, nine months before December 25th, in order to place Christ’s concepti

15  Get out of your self confinement with the Divine Mercy
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 07 Apr 2024
Acts 4:32-35, 1 Jn 5:1-6, Jn 20:19-31. On this Second Sunday of Easter also known as Divine Mercy Sunday, the Church invites us to embrace peace and enjoy the mercy of God. Today’s first read

16  There is no name so Sweet like the Name Jesus
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 06 Apr 2024
Acts 4:13-21, Mk 16:9-15. As the Sanhedrin, Judaism’s ruling body, rejected the notion that Jesus could be the Messiah, so they denied that He had risen from the dead. To believe this would d

17  Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 05 Apr 2024
Acts 4:1-12, Jn 21:1-14. After a night in jail, Peter and John were brought before the Jewish religious leaders. They were challenged to present the authority that enabled them to heal and preach.

18  Christ offers us real peace
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 04 Apr 2024
Acts 3:11-26, Lk. 24:35-48. Today’s first reading takes record of how Peter saw how Jesus made visible and tangible all that the Jews had hoped, over many centuries. According to him, all the

19  Talk about Jesus to Journey with Jesus
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 03 Apr 2024
Acts 3: 1-10, Lk. 24:13-35. Today’s first reading story dramatises Peter’s healing powers as he called on Jesus’ name. Not only was the crippled man cured, he jumped up and entere

20  Let us seek God even in our grief
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 02 Apr 2024
 Acts 2:36-41, Jn 20:11-18. A fascinating side of Easter stories is the gradual recognition of the risen Christ by His disciples. Today’s Gospel report about Mary Magdalene challenging t

21  Tell My Disciples to Meet Me in Galilee
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 01 Apr 2024
Acts 2:14.22-33, Mt. 28:8-15. Today’s first reading presents us with Peter’s first sermon after descent of the Holy Spirit. With the power of the Holy Spirit, Peter boldly proclaimed th

22  Alleluia! The Lord has Risen as He said!! Alleluia!!!
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 31 Mar 2024
Acts 10:34.37-43, Col 3: 1-4, Jn 20:19. Alleluia, the Lord has risen, as He said. As we solemnly celebrate the resurrection of Jesus the Christ, the Church reminds us of the life-transforming event

23  Waiting for the Resurrection
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 30 Mar 2024
Gen. 1:1-2:2, Gen. 22:1-18; Ex. 14:15-15:1, Ex. 15:1-2.3-4.5-6.17-18, Ish 54:5-14, Ish 55:1-11, Bar. 3:9-15.32-4:4, Ezk. 36:16-17.18-28, Rom. 6:3-11; Mt. 16:1-7. During the daytime on Holy Saturday

24  Behold the wood of the Cross
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 29 Mar 2024
Ish 52:13-53:12, Heb. 4:14-16.5:7-9, Jn 18:1-19:42. Today we remember primarily everything that our Lord Jesus did in bearing up all the burdens of our many sins. Jesus willingly sacrificed and off

25  In the Eucharistic Christ enters our lives to set us free
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 28 Mar 2024
Ex. 12:1-8.11-14, 1 Cor. 11:23-26, Jn 13:1-15. The Priests gather around their respective shepherds at the Chrism Mass to renew their vows and commitment to the Lord. At this Mass, the blessing and

26  God brings out the good out of evil
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 27 Mar 2024
 Ish 50:4-9, Mt. 26:14-25. The Wednesday during the Holy week is referred to as “Spy Wednesday,” to signify the day Jesus was betrayed to His enemies by one of His closest associat

27  Jesus is the Light of the Nation
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 26 Mar 2024
 Ish 49:1-6, Jn 13:21-33.36-38. Our Lord’s apparently futile attempt to renew and purify His Jewish people would not end with the crucifixion. Through this loving outpouring of His life,

28  Mary kept the scent for burial
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 25 Mar 2024
Ish 42:1-7, Jn 12:1-11. On this Monday of Holy week, we continue our journey with Jesus during His last days before His Hour of Glory. Today’s first reading presents us with “the Suffer

29  Triumphant Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 24 Mar 2024
 MkMk 11:1-10, Ish 50:4-7, Phil. 2:6-11, Mk 14:1-15:47. We begin the Holy week with the celebration of the Palm, as we recall the events of the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.

30  I Long to Gather the Dispersed Children of God
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 23 Mar 2024
Ezk. 37:21-28, Jn 11:45-56. God desires to renew the covenant, the Divine relationship with the dispersed chosen people. The former northern tribes of Israel and the southern tribes of Judah will b

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