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STONE AND CORNERSTONE, SHEPHERDS AND GOOD SHEPHERD – 22ND April 2018, 4th Sunday In Easter

Edmond Lo
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“The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone” (Psalm 118:22).

The antiphon in today’s responsorial psalm appears also in the first reading where Peter quoted this prophetic psalm to chastise the priestly leaders of the Sanhedrin, who supervised the building of the Herodian Temple in Jerusalem. His message? You, the priestly leaders, are the “builders” that Psalm 118 referred to; Jesus, the “stone” you rejected, ironically has become the cornerstone of another temple – the New Jerusalem Temple. (See Ignatius Catholic Study Bible, commentary on Acts 4:11)

WHAT PROMPTED THE CROWD TO BELIEVE PETER SO READILY? – 15 April 2018 – 3rd Sunday Of Easter (B)

Acts 3:13-15, 17-19; 1 John 2:1-5; Luke 24:35-48
May Tam
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One thing that always bewilders me is the total contrasting attitude of the people who, some fifty days earlier participated in the death of Jesus, were now so readily to believe Peter (Acts 2:14-42; 3:13-26). Consider for a moment what Peter said. Not only did he boldly reprimand them, he professed something that was extremely incredible if not insane—the resurrection of a criminal and that he is theLord and Messiah” (Acts 2:36). What prompted the crowd so readily to believe? I would say that they believed because they encountered the presence of God. They encountered the presence of God in the spirit through Peter who was himself “filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:4).

HAVE WE DOUBTED LIKE THOMAS DID? – 8 April 2018 – 2ND Sunday of Easter (DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY)

Acts 4:32-35; I John 5:1-6; Jn 20:19-31
Shiu Lan
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Thomas was a loyal Apostle who loved Jesus dearly. We have all heard about Jesus’ raising Lazarus from the dead. Jesus wanted to go to Bethany to see Lazarus after hearing the news of Lazarus’ illness. It was a dangerous place for Jesus to go to at that time because some people there were trying to stone him. Thomas loved Jesus so much that he said to his fellow disciples “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”  (John 11: 16)

IN WHICH OF THE CROWDS DO WE SEE OURSELVES?

Isaiah 50:4-7, Philippines 2:6-11, Mark 14:1-15:47
May Tam

As this Sunday marks the beginning of the Holy Week, let us reflect on the different crowds that our Lord met during  these last days of His earthly life. The first crowd that met Jesus was those that came to Jerusalem to celebrate the annual feast of Passover. They must have heard about Jesus of Nazareth, the teacher and the miracle worker. Caught up with the disciples’ fervor in their messianic expectation of Jesus, but being spiritually volatile, they were easily affected by the mood of the moment. Though they may not be directly involved in Jesus’ crucifixion, their disappointment in Him was reflected in their indifference to His trial and death.

NO SHORTCUTS – 18TH March 1028 – 5th Sunday Of Lent (B)

Jer 31:31-34; Heb 5:7-9; Jn 12:20-33
Paul Yeung

It is human nature to look for shortcuts, seeking for an easy path especially when we go through suffering.  Yet, we all know that suffering and death are part of life, something we need to accept and embrace with love and courage, instead of to avoid with denial or fear.  However, the trend of this world is to attempt to avoid suffering and pain at all cost, increasingly in the name of compassion.

NO GOOD WORK IS TRIVIAL – 11 March 2018, 4th Sunday Of Lent

Crucifix in the choir loft of Jerónimos Monastery (Lisboa, Portugal)
2 Chronicles 36:14-17, 19-23; Ephesians 2:4-10; Jn 3:14-21
Shiu Lan
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Lent is a good time for us to reflect on the way we live. Are we living according to the teaching of Jesus and of His Church?

WHEN GOD’S HOUSE BECAME A DEN OF ROBBERS – 4 March 2018, 3rd Sunday of Lent

Ex 20:1-17, 1 Cor 1:22-25, Jn 2:13-25
Edmond Lo
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This Sunday’s gospel reading could be mind-boggling to many Catholic faithful but is thought-provoking to those who love the Bible.

THE DESERT EXPERIENCE – First Sunday of Lent

Gen 9:8-15; 1 Pt 3:18-22; Mk 1:12-15
Fernando Armellini SCJ
Claretian Publications, Macau

       Every year, on the first Sunday of Lent, the gospel is on the temptations of Jesus in the desert. In Mark’s brief narrative of the temptation it is the Spirit who, leads him into the wilderness.

EVERYTHING FOR THE GLORY OF GOD – 11 February 2018 – 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Leviticus 13:1-2, 45-46; Ps. 32:7, 1-2, 5, 11; 1 Cor 10:31-11.1; Mk 1:40-45
Shiu Lan
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Leprosy carried with it a social stigma in Old Testament times. Because of the infectious nature of the disease, the laws of Moses stipulated that the inflicted person “shall wear torn clothes and let the hair of their head be disheveled” and cry out “Unclean, unclean” so that people could keep a safe distance so as not to catch the disease from them (Lv 13:1-2).

DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEART! – 28 January 2018 – 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Deuteronomy 18:15-20, 1 Corinthians 7:32-35, Mark 1:21-28
May Tam
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Perhaps it would not be too wrong to say that one of the things that undergoes depletion over the ages is the submission to “authority.” Challenge to the origin of established authority always creates tension among people in different classes. Today, needless to say, under the shield of human rights and freedom (which are very often being misused), this challenge continues its way to parents at home, to teachers in the classrooms, to the Catholic Church in her teachings and ultimately, to the Christian faith in God.