Category Archives: Gospel Toon

HE INAUGURATED A NEW ERA – 21 JANUARY 2018 – 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (b)

Jon 3:1-5, 10; 1 Cor 7:29-31; Mk 1:14-20
Fernando Armellini SCJ
Claretian Publications, Macau

Jesus begins his ministry preaching the inauguration of the Kingdom of God.

Mark adds an emergency nature to the call to belong to the Kingdom ‘immediately!’ He wants to give a lesson of catechesis to anyone who one day feels called by Jesus. The passage does not refer to the vocation of priests and nuns. It speaks about the call of every person to be a disciple. It is about the vocation to baptism.

JESUS, THE LAMB OF GOD – Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

1 Sam 3:3-10, 19; Ps. 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10; 1 Cor 6:13-15, 17-20; Jn 1:35-42
Fernando Armellini SCJ
Claretian Publications

The calling of the first apostles happened by Jordan river, according to John the evangelist. The baptist, captured the true identity of Jesus, as the ‘Lamb of God’. In his mind, nothing summed up the identity of Jesus like ‘the Lamb of God.’ 

A Prophet Like Elijah Preparing His Way — 2ND SUNDAY OF ADVENT (B)

Is 40:1-5,9-11; 2 Pt 3:8-14; Mk 1:1-8
Fernando Armellini MCJ
Claretian Publications, Macau

“This is the beginning of the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” This is a carefully composed verse by Mark wanting to draw his readers’ attention to the beginning of the book of Genesis: “In the beginning when God began to create the heavens and the earth.”

WAITING FOR HIS COMING – 26 November 2017 – 1ST Sunday of Advent

Is 63:16b-17; 64:1, 3-8; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mk 13:33-37
Fernando Armellini SCJ
Claretian Publications, Macau

The masters of Israel taught that, in the history of the world, there were four great nights. The first at the time of creation: The sun and the moon did not exist and it was night when God said, “Let there be light” (Gen 1:3). There was a second night, one in which God made the covenant with Abraham (Gen 15). Then a third, the mother of all nights, the liberation of Israel from Egypt; it was “this is the watch for the Lord—all Israel are also to keep vigil on this night, year after year, for all time” (Ex 12:42).

KINGSHIP – 26 Novemer 2017, Christ the King (A)

Ez 34:11-12, 15-17; 1 Cor 15:20-26, 28; Mt 25:31-46
Edmond Lo

In celebrating the feast of Christ the King, one would expect the Mass readings to showcase Jesus, the Messianic King, reigning in heavenly glory. The scriptural passages that one would expect to hear would be perhaps the final triumph of Christ, the Word of God, the “King of kings and Lord of lords,” over all forces of evil (cf Revelation 19:11-15); or perhaps the Ascension, in which the exalted Christ was crowned with glory at the right hand of God (cf Mk 16:19).

COWARDICE MISCONCEIVED AS PRUDENCE – 19 November 2017, 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Prov 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31; 1 Thess 5:1-6; Mt 25:14-30
Fernando Armellini SCJ
Claretian Publications, Macau

The master entrusts his possessions to the most trusted servants. He knows the abilities, attitudes, competences, and according to these, he establishes how much to assign to each. This gentleman is clearly Christ who, before leaving the world, handed over all his goods to his disciples.

IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO BELIEVE BUT PERSEVERE IN FAITH – 12 November 2017 – 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Wis 6:12-16; I Thess 4:13-18; Mt 25:1-13
Fernando Armellini SCJ
Claretian Publications, Macau

When Matthew writes to a despondent community that could not see the second coming of the Lord as they had expected. So Mathew writes the original story, which Jesus addressed to Israel, to suit the disappointed Christians. The ten virgins do not indicate Israel any longer, but the Church (the bride) that awaits the return of her Lord, her Bridegroom. Thus there is also a logical explanation for the fact that the bride does not appear: the bride is the Christian community, represented by the ten virgins.

DEVOUT AND RELIGIOUS, BUT FAR FROM GOD – 5 November 2017, 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Mal 1:14B-2:2B, 8-10; 1 Thes 2:7B-9, 13; Mt 23:1-12
Fernando Armellini SCJ
Claretian Publications, Macau

Today, there is danger of Christians become Pharisaic.

He is a Pharisee, first of all, who occupies another’s chair. Every synagogue had a teaching chair. It was called “the chair of Moses” from which every Rabbi, taught. Jesus uses the image of this chair to outline the first negative characteristic of those belonging to the sect of the Pharisees: the abuse of authority.

WHOEVER LOVES MEETS GOD – 29 OCTOBER 2017 – 30TH Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Ex 22:20-26; I Thess 1:5-10; Mt 22:34-40
Fernando Armellini SCJ
Claretian Publications, Macau

In the great Commandment with two parts, the first is the love of God, that must involve three faculties: the heart, the soul and the mind.

THE IMAGE OF GOD ENGRAVED ON YOU – 22 October 2017, 29TH Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Is 45:1, 4-6; 1 Thes 1:1-5B; Mt 22:15-21
Fernando Armellini SCJ
Claretian Publications

Every Roman coin had images of the emperor. Graven images amount to idolatry and are prohibited by Jewish law. Using the money of Tiberius meant idolatry. Jesus is aware of the pitfall the Pharisees had laid for him. He does not avoid the question. As he usually does, he skillfully leads the interlocutors to the root of the problem.