Category Archives: Gospel Toon


Bar 5:1-9, Phil 1:4-6, 8-11, Lk 3:1-6

– May Tam

“The word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the desert:”  what an unlikely opening verse for the preparation of Jesus’ public ministry! Luke had just named all the important people (both political and religious) in that historical period but none of them received the word of God. Why then John, a relatively strange and unknown man, was called to be the herald instead of the emperor, the governor, the tetrarchs or the high priests and why in the desert instead of the more populated Jerusalem or Rome?

A NEW YEAR CELEBRATION THAT GOES UNNOTICED – 2nd December 2018, 1st Sunday of Advent

Jer 33:14-16; 1 Thes 3:12- 4:2; Lk 21:25-28, 34-36

– Edmond Lo

The last liturgical year ended in the crowning of our Lord Jesus Christ as King of the Universe, which is very much in line with the ending of the history of salvation as recorded in the Bible: the Word of God emerging victorious over all forces of evil and was acclaimed as “King of kings and Lord of lords” (Rev 19:16). This Sunday we begin a new lectionary year by celebrating the coming of the Lord in the Season of Advent.

HANG IN THERE, BROTHERS AND SISTERS – 25TH November 2018, Christ The King Sunday

DAN 7:13-14; REV 1:5-8; JN 18:33-37
– Paul Yeung

We are all like Pilate: we do not understand Christ and His Kingship. So often when we are faced with the many trials and sufferings, or when we are confused by what are happening in this world, we turn to God only to challenge Him, to question Him why things have happened the way they have. We simply do not understand the way of the Lord. We have missed the point and used worldly logic to interrogate the real King of kings. In doing so, we are no different from Pilate.

GENEROSITY BRINGS BLESSINGS TO THE GIVER – 9TH November 2018, 32nd Sunday In Ordinary Time

1 Kgs 17:10-16; Heb 9:24-28; Mk 12:38-44

– May Tam

In the patriarchal society of Jesus’ time, a widow was not only pitiful but also helpless for she not only lost her husband but at the same time, she also lost her sole source of livelihood. Being dependent on others, a widow was vulnerable, often neglected and “valueless” to the society. Yet today two widows are depicted—- –one in the Old Testament (First Reading) and the other in the New Testament (Gospel Reading)—-as exemplars of generosity and faith. The former gave her last meal to God’s prophet while the latter gave all she had to God’s treasury.

THE GREATEST AND MOST DIFFICULT – 4TH November 2018 – 31st Sunday In Ordinary Time (B)

Gospel: Dt 6:2-6; Heb 7:23-28; Mk 12:28B-34

– Rev José Mario O Mandía

The commandment of love is the greatest and most difficult of all the commandments. The reason is simple: it includes all the others. Love is the summit of all virtues (cf I Cor 13:13), and if one virtue is lacking, love is lacking.

Remember what St Paul says about love being “patient and kind,” that it “is not jealous or boastful, not arrogant or rude, does not insist on its own way, is not irritable or resentful, does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right, bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (I Cor 13:4-7). Sigh!

WHEN, IN OUR LIVES, DOES JESUS PASS BY? – 28 October 2018 – 30TH Sunday In Ordinary Time

Jer 31:7-9; Heb 5:1-6; Mk 10:46-52

May Tam

Bartimaeus, though blind, was alert to Jesus’ coming. Despite his social disadvantage and his physical constraint, he did not give in to the crowd who attempted to silence him. He would not let them deprive him of this opportune chance to get help. He unrelentingly overcame all the hindrances in order to catch Jesus’ attention. He reacted not only enthusiastically but also confidently when being summoned to meet Jesus. With a strong faith in Him, he abandoned his cloak (his sole possession to catch handouts from passersby) for he was certain that both his physical and economic status would be changed. In other word, he anticipated a transformation. Bartimaeus asked the right thing, a request fully consistent with his problem (that he may see again). Compare with the request of James and John (Mk 10:36) who asked for power and honor, this simple quest for restored sight is justifiable, seeking no special privilege.

TOGETHER WITH YOUNG PEOPLE, LET US BRING THE GOSPEL TO ALL – Pope Francis’ Message for World Mission Sunday 2018

The universal Church has, through the past decades, paid particular importance to the month of October, the month of the missions par excellence.

World Mission Sunday in 2018 falls on Oct. 21. This annual celebration encourages prayers, cooperation and help for missions as well as reminding Christians about the fundamental missionary character of the Church and of every baptized person.  The theme of the Message that Pope Francis sent for the occasion is in line with the theme of the Synod of Bishops focusing on Youth: “Together with young people, let us bring the Gospel to all”. In the message, Pope Francis remarks: 

LEAVE THE GOODS AND YOU’LL HAVE THE GOOD – 14th October 2018 – 28th Sunday In Ordinary Time (B)

WIS 7:7-11; HEB 4:12-13; MK 10:17-30

– Fernando Armellini SCJ
Claretian Publications, Macau

The gospel presents a just and blameless person seeking for eternal life. Jesus responds with a counter question that can be paraphrased thus: You already have “an outstanding teacher, God” who instructs you through the Scriptures. What else do you want? Is it not written: “They shall all be taught by God” (Jn 6:45)? Then, to help him in his quest, he reminds him of the precepts which the Lord has revealed to his people and which are the minimum requirement for admission to life.

INDISSOLUBILITY: A NECESSITY OF LOVE – 7 October 2018 – 27th Sunday In Ordinary Time (B)

GEN 2:18-24; HEB 2:9-11; MK 10:2-16

– Fernando Armellini SCJ
Claretian Publications, Macau

In no other field, as in that of sexual ethics, man is tempted to give his own morals, and so the salt of the gospel proposal is often made insipid by many “buts,” “ifs,” “howevers,” and “depends.” Today’s gospel sheds light into this moral darkness of ours.

THE ONE WHO SERVES IS MORE WORTHY – 23 September 2018, 25th Sunday In Ordinary Time (B)

WIS 2:12,17-20; JAS 3:16 - 4:3; MK 9:30-37

– Fernando Armellini SCJ
Claretian Publications, Macau

Right in the beginning of today’s gospel we are faced with the question: “He is about to be delivered,” by whom? The answer seems obvious: by Judas. But the theologians call the ‘delivered’ a divine passive, i.e. God himself is the doer of the action. “It is God” who gives his Son, “who delivers him into the hands of people.”