Saints Peter and Paul

Sts Peter and Paul, Year A, 29.06.2018
Acts 12:1-11/ 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18/ Matthew 16:13-19

Today the Church celebrates the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, the two great pillars of the Church.

We may think that these two saints are like two peas in a pod, and if we were to give names to a pair of twin boys, the obvious choice would be to name them Peter and Paul.
Peter and Paul may seem to give us an impression of unity, but in fact, they were more of an incompatibility.
They were more like oil and water, and their differences go deeper than that of liquid viscosity.
That fact is that initially, they would have wished the other to be dead, and they won’t even bother about attending the other’s funeral!

13 Sunday B: Liturgical Prayers

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

A. God Is Pro-Life
B. Life Is Victorious

Greetings (see second reading)

    We are gathered in the name of Jesus:
    he was rich but became poor for our sake
    to make us rich out of his poverty.
    He brought us life and healing.
    May his life and grace be always with you. R/ And also with you.

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Nativity of Saint John the Baptist - Liturgical Prayers

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Greeting (See the First Reading of the Vigil)Do not be afraid to speak, says the Lord,
for I am with you to protect you.
I am putting my words into your mouth.
Say whatever I command you.
May the Lord speak through us
and may be always with you.

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Ethics of Life

12 Sunday B: The Lord in the Storms of our Life

Michel DeVerteuil
Scripture comments
Unlike the passages of the last two weeks, this Sunday’s passage is, in one sense, a single story and we must read it as a whole. But in another sense, it tells two stories – one of Jesus and one of the apostles. Each has its movement that we can enter into, and there is a striking contrast between the attitudes shown in each.
it's nowAs you meditate, observe how you are situating yourself in relation to the passage: which of the two stories are you identifying with, the one of Jesus or the one of the apostles? Is it your personal story or the story of someone who has touched your life? Does Jesus remind you of some person or of God himself? Is this something that is happening now or something that has happened in the past?
Answering these questions will help you enter into the story.

Nativity of John The Baptist

From Fr. Tony Kadavil:

Synopsis: Nativity of St. John the Baptist [A, B, C] June 23: Vigil Mass)
Introduction: Usually, we reflect upon two advents and two angelic messages during the Advent season, namely, the advent of John the Baptist and the advent of Jesus. This year the feast of the Birth of John (which occurs June 24), falls on a Sunday and thus replaces the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time. That is why we hear again the angelic message announcing the birth of Christ’s forerunner. The archangel Gabriel informed the childless Zechariah the priest that a son, whom he was to name John, would be born to him and his barren, aged wife. Today’s Gospel describes how Zechariah got the Divine message in the Holy of Holies in the Temple of Jerusalem while he was offering incense.

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11 Sunday B - KOG - Another Short Homily

17th June 2018, 11th Ordinary Sunday, Year B. 

Ezekiel 17:22-24 / 2 Cor 5:6-10 / Mark 4:26-34

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Fathers' Day - Jun 17, 2018

As A Life's End Draws Near, A Father And Son Talk

"For me, dying — it's very enlightening and certainly rewarding," David Plant (left) tells Frank Lilley. "Look at the opportunity to talk, for example. It's just incredible."
"For me, dying — it's very enlightening and certainly rewarding," David Plant (left) tells Frank Lilley. "Look at the opportunity to talk, for example. It's just incredible."
In 2010, David Plant was diagnosed with skin cancer. The cancer has since metastasized to other parts of his body, and David is now contemplating the end of his life. So, just before his 81st birthday, he sat down with his stepson to talk about their life together.
As Frank Lilley explains, "David is my stepfather, but I certainly consider him my father."

11 Sunday B: Kingdom of God

Michel DeVerteuil Textual Comments
We see Jesus in this passage searching for the right metaphors to illustrate the concept of the kingdom of God, and we are reminded that today we need to find new images to illustrate our own vision of God’s kingdom.
Verses 26b to 30. A farmer has sown a tiny seed; he now watches and waits for it to bear fruit. Jesus makes a comparison between the small and negligible start and the extraordinary results. The farmer is in no hurry, he simply waits and lets things happen. Whatever happens will take its own time and he must certainly not try to hurry it. He does not try to find out how this happens, but allows things to develop as they will. When the time is ripe the farmer knows that he must get to work. Stay with the slow movement, the first signs of the crop before it is harvest time. Experience the contrast in the last verse when the time comes and everything seems so easy and natural.

10 Sunday B: Liturgical prayers

1. Facing the Reality of Sin
2. Sin Is the Enemy

Greeting (see Second Reading)
We believe and we proclaim
that he who raised the Lord Jesus to life
will raise us up with Jesus in our turn
and put us by his side.
For this we give thanks and glory to God.
May this Lord Jesus be always with you. R/ And also with you.

10 Sunday B: Who is Your Real Family?

Gospel reading: Mark 3:20-35

Michel DeVerteuil
General Comments

We can divide this passage into three sections:
Verses 20 and 21: the attitude of Jesus’ relatives. They are typical of people who because of their status think they take charge of Jesus but in fact do not understand him at all.