Homilies/Reflections

Homilies/Reflections

It is your face, O Lord, that I seek
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 14 Jun 2024
: 1 Kgs 19:9.11-16, Mt. 5:27-32. For all who seek God with sincere heart, we can identify with the Psalmist: “It is your face, O Lord, that I seek.” What we ultimately thirst for is non

Memorial of St Anthony Padua
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 13 Jun 2024
1 Kgs 18:41-46, Mt. 5:20-26. Today’s first reading recounts the moment when God showed Ahab how He had withheld the rain over the land for years. By doing this, He essentially showed that He

Not an iota will go without fulfilling its purpose
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 12 Jun 2024
1 Kgs 18:20-39, Mt. 5:17-19. We must study issues carefully to avoid bad decisions and impulsive reactions. Today’s first reading reports such a stand as that taken by Elijah must be preceded

Memorial of St Barnabas
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 11 Jun 2024
Acts 11:21-26, 13:1-3, Mt. 5:13-16. Today the Church celebrates the memorial of St Barnabas, one of the close collaborators of Paul, whose commitment and dedication to the Lord earned him the name

My help is from the Lord
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 10 Jun 2024
1 Kgs 17:1-6, Mt. 5:1-12. Today’s first describes how Elijah the prophet realised that his help came from the Lord God as he remained in the desert east of the Jordan River. Elijah, risked hi

We believe and so we speak
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 09 Jun 2024
 Gen. 3:9-15, 2 Cor. 4:13–5:1, Mk 3:20-35. On this Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, the Church invites us to allow God’s word to be alive and keep growing in our lives. A thre

Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 08 Jun 2024
2 Tim. 4:1-8, Lk 2:41-51. We celebrate the memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary the day after the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, because of her closeness to the heart of her Son. The tradi

Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 07 Jun 2024
Hosea 11:1.3-4.8-9, Eph. 3:2-12.14-19, Jn 19:31-37. Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, to celebrate the perfect manifestation of the love of God. The Most

If we are unfaithful God still remains faithful
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 06 Jun 2024
  2 Tim. 2:8-15, Mk 12:28-34. In today’s first reading, Paul affirms that he is willing to risk everything so that those whom God has chosen can receive the gift of salvation. Paul recal

10  Memorial of St Boniface
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 05 Jun 2024
2 Tim. 1:1-3.6-12, Mk 12:18-27. The Sadducees recognised the authority of the Torah, that nothing suggest a life beyond this earthly life. Today’s Gospel describes how the Sadducees set Jesus

11  Give to Cesar what belongs to Cesar
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 04 Jun 2024
 2 Pet. 3:12-15.17-18, Mk 12:13-17. In today’s first reading, Peter urges his audience to be patient, particularly as they await the coming of the day of the Lord. God has begun the time

12  Memorial of St Charles Lwanga
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 03 Jun 2024
2 Pet. 1:2-7, Mk 12:1-12. In today’s first reading, Peter gives a list of qualities that should aid us in living our faith. These qualities come from the graciousness of our God and the pract

13  The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 02 Jun 2024
: Ex. 24:3-8, Heb. 9:11-15, Mk 14:12-16. On this Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, the Church invites us to celebrate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, to expand our understanding

14  Memorial of St Justin the Martyr
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 01 Jun 2024
 Jude 17:20-25, Mk 11:27-33. God requires honesty in us, in order to properly relate to Him. Dishonesty sets up a more formidable barrier to God’s presence with us than many of our more

15  The Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 31 May 2024
  Zeph. 3:14-18, Lk. 1:39-56. “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord.” With these words Mary first acknowledged the special gifts she has been given in her visit of

16  You are a Chosen Race
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 30 May 2024
1 Pet. 2:2-5.9-12, Mk 10:46-52. Today’s first reading reports Peter’s encouragement to people who were emotionally drained by recent events. They were reeling from the loss of the Jerus

17  Can you drink the cup I must drink?
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 29 May 2024
 1 Pet. 1:18-25, Mk 10:32-45. Today’s Gospel reports one of several lessons of Jesus about living a life of service, as they proceeded toward Jerusalem. Jesus and His disciples were clea

18  We have left everything and followed you
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 28 May 2024
1 Pet. 1:10-16, Mk 10:28-31. In today’s first reading, Peter urged: “discipline yourselves; set all your hope on the grace of Jesus Christ.” Peter’s epistle affirms our sens

19  How hard it will be for those who trust in riches
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 27 May 2024
 1 Pet. 1:3-9, Mk 10:17-27. In today’s first reading, Peter encourages the early Christians to remain faithful to the gifts they have received through their faith in Jesus. He reassured

20  The Holy Trinity, the undivided unity
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 26 May 2024
Deut. 4:32-34.39-40, Rom. 8:14-17, Mt. 28:16-20. Today we celebrate the Most Holy Trinity, the revelation of the mystery of God’s inner life. This mystery will remain for us as long as we liv

21  Pray for one another, that you may find healing
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 25 May 2024
James 5:13-20, Mk 10:13-16. In today’s first reading, James challenges believers to care for the elderly and the ill members of the Church. Caring means treating others with much love and att

22  Let no human agency separate what God has joined
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 24 May 2024
 James 5:9-12, Mk 10:1-12. In today’s first reading, James challenges us not to grumble at each other. Rather, we need to let biblical examples inspire us to bear hardships and practice

23  Whoever receives me, receives Him who sent me
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 23 May 2024
 James 5:1-6, Mk 9:41-50. The author of today’s first reading reflects on the dangers of excessive desire for riches. James challenges us to examine our choice of earthly possession over

24  If the Lord wills it
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 22 May 2024
James 4:13-17, Mk 9:38-40. In today’s first reading, James challenges us to make good use of the opportune moments we have with God. Since we have no knowledge of what the future owns for us,

25  God resists the proud but shows Favour to the Lowly
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 21 May 2024
 Jam. 4:110, Mk 9:30-37. As we return to the ordinary time of the year after Easter, the Church invites us to reflect on the virtue of humility. In today’s first reading, James exhorts u

26  Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 20 May 2024
Gen. 3:9-15.20, Jn 19:25-34. It is fitting to celebrate the memorial of Mary, mother of the Church just after the Pentecost experience. One of the greatest gifts of the Lord is that of His mother.

27  The Comforter has Come
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 19 May 2024
Acts 2:1-11, 1 Cor. 12:3-7.12-13, Jn 20:19-23. As we celebrate the Pentecost Sunday Year B, the Church invites us to seek that presence of God’s Spirit in our selves, not to imagine it as a t

28  I have other plans for him
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 18 May 2024
Acts 28:16-20.30-31, Jn 21:20-25. Today’s Gospel scene features three main characters, Jesus, Peter and the Beloved Disciple. Peter had just received an important role, “Feed my lambs a

29  The Lord gives us the same opportunity for personal commitments
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 17 May 2024
Acts 25:13-21, Jn 21:15-19. Fear has a way of making us fall short of our best. This happened even to Peter, when terrified he denied Jesus three times. After the resurrection Peter returned to His

30  As the Father has love me, so I have loved you
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 16 May 2024
Acts 22:30.23:6-11, Jn 17:20-26. Today’s first reading reports Paul on trial in Jerusalem. Being aware of the differences between Pharisees and Sadducees, Paul emphasised that being a Pharise

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