Category Archives: Gospel Toon

“Happy is a synonym for holy” – 6TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Jer 17:5-8; 1 Cor 15:12, 16-20; Lk 6:17, 20-26


Pope Francis



… Nothing is more enlightening than turning to Jesus’ words and seeing His way of teaching the truth. Jesus explained with great simplicity what it means to be holy when He gave us the Beatitudes (cf Mt 5:3-12; Lk 6:20-23). (63)



The Beatitudes are like a Christian’s identity card. So if anyone asks: “What must one do to be a good Christian?”, the answer is clear. We have to do, each in our own way, what Jesus told us in the Sermon on the Mount… In the Beatitudes, we find a portrait of the Master, which we are called to reflect in our daily lives. (63)

FEAT NOT, BE BOLD, FOR GOD IS WITH US! – 3rd February 2019, 4th Sunday In Ordinary Time

Jer 1:4-5, 17-19; 1 Cor 12:31 - 13:13; Luke 4:21-30

– Paul Yeung

Luke puts this episode at the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry for a reason. The remarkable contrast between the initial acceptance and admiration and the subsequent rejection of Jesus is signature of His whole ministry.

YOUR WORD: JOY OF MY HEART, LIGHT TO MY FEET – 27th January 2019, 3rd Sunday In Ordinary Time

Neh 8:2-10; 1 Cor 12:12-30; Lk 1:1-4, 4:14-21

– Fernando Armellini SCJ
Claretian Publications, Macau

It was a Saturday. Like every pious Jew, Jesus goes to the synagogue.

There are two readings and the one who reads the second text usually does the homily. The homily is pretty easy: it is enough to memorize the explanations and comments made by the great rabbis and refer their opinions.

HE NEEDED TO PRAY – 14th January 2019, Baptism Of Our Lord Jesus

Luke 3:15-16,21-22

– Fernando Armellini SCJ
Claretian Publications

The Gospel opens with a significant finding, “the people were in expectation.” It is easy to imagine what they are waiting for: the slaves expected freedom, the poor a new condition of life, the exploited laborer hoped for justice, the sick, healing, the humiliated and raped woman, recovery of dignity.

THE KEY TO PEACE – 16th December 2018, 3rd Sunday of Advent

Zephaniah 3:14-18a; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:10-18
Shiu Lan

In this third Sunday of Advent as we anticipate and prepare ourselves to relive the spirit of that first Christmas more than two thousand years ago, the scripture readings remind us of the comings of Jesus Christ. The Gospel reading is about the first coming of Christ and the Second reading is about His second coming.


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!