Lent 3 B Sunday - Liturgical Prayers

"The crucified Christ
is the power and the wisdom of God."
May he never be an obstacle or scandal to us.
The Lord Jesus be always with you. R/ And also with you.
Introduction by the Celebrant
A. The House Of My Father (Option 1)
If a Christian comes to Mass on Sundays but for the rest of the week doesn't care about Christ, cheats in business, lies, shows no love, then the religion of this person is not genuine. Our Lord tells us today that true religion, worship in spirit and in truth, unifies our lives in such a way that there is no part reserved for God and another part for ourselves only: God is to be present in all we do, Christ is our companion in all of our life. Let us ask Christ with us here in this Eucharist to inspire us in all we do and to journey through life with us all the time.

Lent 3 B Sunday: Temple Cleansing - God IS in Command

Gospel reading: John 2:13-25

If we carefully observe nature, we will realize, everything around us has a structure. Every structure is for a purpose. Planners begin with function and design structures. Now lots of user-friendly structures have evolved because of that: like ramps, escalators, low-floor buses, etc. 
In the 12th century, Fibonacci came up with a sequence of 0,1,2,3,5,8,13, which all plants, fruits, waves, galaxies, are structured. His golden rectangle taken from this sequence is what is followed in the digital screens. TV or computer monitors can't be square any more.

Lent 2 Sunday B - Liturgical Prayers

"God did not spare his own Son
but gave him up to benefit us all."
He preferred his Son to die
rather than to give up his love for people.
This Jesus is with us now
as the guarantee of God's love.
May the Lord Jesus be always with you. R/ And also with you.

Lent 2 Sunday B: Transfiguration

Gospel reading: Mark 9:2-10
Christ transfiguration
Sandwiched between baptism and transfiguration is the temptation moment.  Between the two moments of the Father’s assurance that he is beloved to him lies the moment for Satan, the moment to be tested of our faithfulness and of our true mettle. This is the human reality that Jesus undergoes for us. This is the death and resurrection experience in baptism and the rest of our lives. He must leave Nazareth to come to the Jordan. He must leave the verdant banks and the cool waters of Jordan to the arid desert to be alone with the Alone. He must also leave his moments with people - teaching, preaching and healing – to be with his father - to be up on the mountain.

Lent 1 Sunday B: Liturgical Prayers

The Lord Jesus is among us today
and speaks his word to us:
"The right time is now:
the kingdom of God is close at hand.
Repent, and believe the Good News."
May we listen to his word
and may he always be with you. R/ And also with you.

Temptations of Jesus - Meditation

By Henri Nouwen

To be spectacular is so much our concern that we, who have been specta­tors most of our lives can hardly conceive that to be unknown, unspectac­ular, and hidden can have any value.

How do we overcome this all-pervading temptation? It is important to realize that our hunger for the spectacular - just as our desire to be relevant - has very much to do with our search for self-hood. Being a person and being seen, praised, liked, and accepted have become nearly the same for many. Who am I when nobody pays attention, says thanks, or recognizes my work? The more insecure, doubtful, and lonely we are, the greater our need for popularity and praise.

 Sadly this hunger is never satisfied. The more praise we receive, the more praise we want, to prevent our inner fears from re-emerging. The hunger for human acceptance is like a bottomless barrel. It can never be filled.

Lent 1 Sunday B - Temptation of Jesus

1) We reflect today on the deserts to which people have been driven away: psychological, sociological, political and economic deserts:
-by ISIS and Al Qaida creating homeless and stateless refugees
-asylum seekers, job seekers
-divorces, unwed mothers and their children
-gambling and alcoholism
-terminal illness and elderly people
-stock markets, greed and fraud
-abandoned children, reckless teenagers

Ash Wednesday 2018

1.     From Fr. Tony Kadavil’s Collection 


Ash Wednesday (dies cinerum) is the Church’s Yom Kippur or the “Day of Atonement.” Its very name comes from the Jewish practice of doing penance wearing “sackcloth and ashes.” In the early Church, Christians who had committed serious sins were instructed to do public penance wearing sackcloth and ashes. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of full fast and abstinence. Fasting is prescribed to reinforce our penitential prayer during the Lenten season. The prophet Joel, in the first reading, insists that we should experience a complete conversion of heart and not simply sorrow for our sins. Saint Paul in the second reading advises us “to become reconciled to God.” Today’s gospel instructs us to assimilate the true spirit of fasting and prayer.  

6 Sunday B - Liturgical Prayers

Whatever you do,
do it for the glory of God.
Try to be helpful to anyone
for the advantage of others.
Take Christ for your model.
The Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. R/ And also with you.
Introduction by the Celebrant
A. Some People To Be Shunned? (Option 1)
The message of today is that the Lord Jesus touched with his healing power even the untouchable. Today let each of us reflect how often in life Jesus has touched us. He touched us with his love in baptism when he saved us from our isolation and gave us the Christian community to live in. He touched us each time he came to us in the Eucharist to speak to us and give us his body. He touches us often with his healing forgiveness, with his consolation in moments of distress, with his strength when we are timid, with his wisdom when we are confused. But do we let him touch us? And do we touch one another with healing care?

6 Sunday B: Healing of the Leper

Gospel reading: Mark 1:40-45

3 Sundays - 3 healings: One at the Synagogue, second at the home and the third at the market place (outside). These are the locations of our ministries. These are places we do our healings/ministries.

At the synagogue the man with the unclean spirit shouts at Jesus as the "Holy one of God" (first recognition of Jesus in Mark). Peter's mother-in-law makes no declaration but gets up and serves him whereas the leper goes around proclaiming him. He announces abroad. Visible missionary zeal. Again three attitudes of response to healing: out of fear, out of love and out of faith.

Notice again, our ministry is three-fold: Spiritual (at the Church), at the family and at the society.