Category Archives: Gospel Toon

THE RISK OF BEING HOMELESS – 8 JULY 2018, 14TH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (B)

Ez 2:2-5; 2 Cor 12:7-10; Mk 6:1-6

– Fr Fernando Armellini SCJ
Claretian Publications, Macau

In Capernaum, Jesus expressed his admiration for the gesture of four men who brought down the roof of a house to introduce a paralytic (Mk 2: 4). Symbolically, it said that the door of the House of Israel was thus open to all. This is the scandal of the villagers. With his message and actions, Jesus broke the balance,  and is demolishing the house in which they have placed all their hopes. The series of questions they put are justified (vv. 2-3). What guarantees can   “the carpenter, the son of Mary” offer? For more than thirty years, he has done nothing but fix doors and windows, make hoes and plows, and they know his brothers and sisters. Where does the message that he expounds come from?  Who gives him the power to work wonders?

RESTORING DIGNITY AND LIFE TO ISRAEL – 1 July 2018 – 13TH Sunday In Ordinary Time (B)

Wis 1:13-15; 2:23-24; 2 Cor 8:7; 9:13-15; Mk 5:21-43

Fr Fernando Armellini SCJ
Claretian Publications, Macau

The passage proposes two miracles: one, the healing of a sick woman and the other, raising the daughter of Jairus. These miracle stories carry hidden signs. The unnamed woman is impure for twelve years. The evangelist highlight the number twelve. Remember, the age of Jairus’ daughter: “She was twelve years old” Twelve is the symbol of the people of ‘Israel’, which is a feminine name.

The impurity of the woman and the absence of life of the child indicate the dramatic condition of the woman Israel whose spiritual leaders are not only unable to cure her of the illness, but feels revulsion and isolates her.

A COURAGEOUS WITNESS OF THE LIGHT – 24 June 2018 – Birth of St. John The Baptist

Jer 1:4-10; 1 Pt 1:8-12; Lk 1:57-66,80
Fernando Armellini SCJ
Claretian Publications

In the barren womb of Elizabeth the evangelist sees depicted the sterility of Israel and the condition of death in which the whole humanity lies. The desperate situation from which, without the intervention from above, it is not possible for life to sprout.

THE “FILM” OF CORPUS CHRISTI – 3RD June 2018 – SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST (CORPUS CHRISTI)

Ex 24:3-8, Heb 9:11-15, Mk 14:12-16, 22-26

Edmond Lo
www.FLL.cc

Don’t know about you, but to me the scenes that appear before my eyes as today’s readings are solemnly proclaimed in the liturgy of the Word are more vivid, colorful, and pregnant with meanings than the films showcased by the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF):

Scene 1 Moses sprinkling the blood of young bulls on the people of Israel at the foot of Mt. Sinai – a ritual performed as the consummation of “the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with [Israel]” (Ex 24:8). According to the Hebrew tradition, life was in the blood; the sprinkling of blood on the people was symbolic of the atonement for their lives (cf. Lev 17:11).

WHERE EXACTLY DID JESUS’ ASCENSION TAKE PLACE? -13 May 2018 – Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

Acts 1:1-11, Eph 4:1-13, Mk 16:15-20

Edmond Lo

According to today’s Gospel, Mark, it was in Galilee (Mk 16:7). Matthew also located the event in Galilee (Mt. 28:7, 16). Luke? Contrary to the Marcan and Matthean accounts, he put it in Jerusalem (Lk 24:50-52).

AS I HAVE LOVED YOU – 6 May 2018 – 6th Sunday of Easter

Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48; I John 4:7-10; Jn 15: 9-17

Shiu Lan
www.FLL.cc

In this Sunday’s Gospel Reading, Jesus teaches his disciples “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12).

One of the things that prevents us from truly loving one another is that we find it hard to forgive. We do not forgive even small hurts done to us. We never forget a somewhat unkind remark albeit unintentional from a good friend. We let our own imagination go wild and interpret the other kind things that the person says in the context of that unkind remark. Over time, the thorn in the heart hurts more. The unkind remark becomes a cause of resentment against that person who is our good friend. This is the outcome of just a small hurt that can happen to anyone of us at any time. Imagine the anger, suffering and pain that a bigger hurt brings us, destroying the peace of mind and joy in our life.

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

Edmond Lo
www.FLL.cc

“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
www.FLL.cc

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
www.FLL.cc

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.