23 Sunday B - Ephphatha

Michel DeVerteuil
Textual Comments
We are given the context of today’s story: it took place as Jesus was “returning from the district of Tyre”. He was passing “by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee” and this brought him “right through the Decapolis region”. This reminds us that we must know how to leave our ordinary surroundings so that we can meet people like this man.
Today’s gospel passage is a healing story. We must be careful to interpret these stories correctly. For example, we would be wrong to draw the conclusion that since Jesus healed miraculously, all his followers are called to do the same. That would be to misunderstand the meaning of the miracles.

You may be the only Bible some people will ever read!'

Now this is the  Living Bible:   

His name is Tim. He has wild hair, wears a T-shirt with holes in it,
jeans, and no shoes. This was literally his wardrobe for his
entire four years of college.

22 Sunday B


Michel DeVerteuil
Textual Comments
Today’s passage contains several sayings of Jesus which are very well known; we must therefore make an effort to read the passage not as an abstract teaching but as a story, letting the message emerge from the interplay of characters.

Kindness - Inspirational Pictures and Quotes

Heart Quotes, Pictures, Charles Dickens Quotes, Inspirational Quotes, Pictures and Motivational Thoughts.

Psalm 23: from Whatsapp Community

The Lord is My Shepherd
The Lord is my Shepherd --That's RELATIONSHIP!

I shall not want -- That's SUPPLY!

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures --
That's REST!

Pichai, the New CEO of Google: Cockroach Story

A beautiful speech by Sundar Pichai - Head Google Chrome and now CEO of Google..
The cockroach theory for self development
At a restaurant, a cockroach suddenly flew from somewhere and sat on a lady.
She started screaming out of fear.

21 Sunday B - Submission and Service

Michel DeVerteuil
Textual Comments
This is the final extract from chapter 6 of John’s gospel that the Church invites us to meditate on at this time. We have had three rather abstract passages and, no doubt, you will be relieved to find that we have a story again, just as we had at the opening of the chapter.

What tree did you fall from? Personality

What tree did you fall from?
Jan 01 to Jan 11.......Fir Tree
Jan 12 to Jan 24.......Elm Tree
Jan 25 to Feb 03......Cypress
Feb 04 to Feb 08......Poplar Tree
Feb 09 to Feb 18......Cedar Tree
Feb 19 to Feb 28......Pine Tree
Mar 01 to Mar 10......Weeping Willow
Mar 11 to Mar 20......Lime Tree
Mar 21.....................Oak Tree
Mar 22 to Mar 31......Hazelnut
Apr 01 to Apr 10.......Rowan Tree
Apr 11 to Apr 20.......Maple Tree
Apr 21 to Apr 30.......Walnut Tree
May 01 to May 14.....Poplar Tree
May 15 to May 24.....Chestnut
May 25 to Jun 03......Ash Tree
Jun 04 to Jun 13......Hornbeam
Jun 14 to Jun 23.......Fig Tree
Jun 24......................Birch Tree 
Jun 25 to Jul 04........Apple Tree
Jul 05 to Jul 14........Fir Tree
Jul 15 to Jul 25........Elm Tree
Jul 26 to Aug 04......Cypress
Aug 05 to Aug   13.....PoplarTree
Aug 14 to Aug 23.....Cedar Tree
Aug 24 to Sep 02.....Pine Tree
Sep 03 to Sep 12.....Weeping Willow
Sep 13 to Sep 22......Lime Tree
Sep 23.....................Olive Tree
Sep 24 to Oct 03......Hazelnut
Oct 04 to Oct 13.......Rowan Tree
Oct 14 to Oct 23.......Maple Tree
Oct 24 to Nov 11.......Walnut Tree
Nov 12 to Nov 21.......Chestnut
Nov 22 to DEC 01......Ash Tree
DEC 02 to DEC 11.....Hornbeam
Dec 12 to Dec 21.......Fig Tree
Dec 22.......................Beech Tree
Dec 23 to Dec 31......Apple Tree
  Check out your Tree here:     

20 Sunday B - Living Bread for the life of the World

 Michel DeVerteuil
Textual Comments
This is the fourth passage from John 6 that the Church invites us to meditate on at this time of the year, and the third in which Jesus gives the people a teaching based on their experience of the miraculous feeding.

10 tips for a happy life, according to Pope Francis

 Pope Francis attends a meeting of prayer at the Isernia's cathedral on July 5, 2014 in Isernia - Campobasso, Italy. (Franco Origlia/Getty)

Earlier this year, Pope Francis outlined a ten-point plan for happiness. The Top 10 list appeared in an interview for the Argentine magazine Viva, which was released to celebrate Francis' first 500 days in office. As the National Catholic Register reports, Francis was interviewed by Pablo Calvo, "an old acquaintance" of his, which added a familiar and off-the-cuff quality to the interview. Calvo also noted that Francis rarely referenced God during their 77-minute conversation.

Here are Francis' 10 steps for a happy, healthy life.

1) "Live and let live"

The first step to peace and happiness, said Francis, is following the ancient advice of the Romans: Campa e fascia campĂ , or, "live and let live." This advice is an echo of his now famous "Who am I to judge?" line, which was spoken in the context of his view that the Church should not "interfere spiritually" in the life of any person, gay or straight.

19 SUNDAY B - Living Bread

Michel DeVerteuil
Textual Comments
In this passage, Jesus again draws lessons about life from the feeding of the five thousand.
I remind you that all teaching of Jesus recorded in the gospels is intended to speak to experience, and we must therefore appeal to our experience to discover its truth. This can be difficult with passages like these: one reason is that the language is not the kind that we use ordinarily. Some expressions – such as “eternal life,” “being drawn by the Father,” “living bread,” “flesh” – you will have to bring down to earth for yourself, applying them to what you have lived yourself.