Category Archives: Gospel Toon

PETER FOLLOWED JESUS BUT MISUNDERSTOOD THE GOAL – 16 September 2018, 24th Sunday In Ordinary Time (B)

Is 50:5-9a; Jas 2:14-18; Mk 827-35

– Fernando Armellini SCJ
Claretian Publications, Macau

“You are the Messiah.” Peter gave a precise definition but he continues to be convinced that the Master will soon begin an earthly kingdom. For Jesus the time to correct this dangerous mistake has arrived. Jesus makes it clear, that the goal of his journey is through suffering and crucifixion.  The disciples can neither understand nor accept the prospect of the gift of life. It’s not for this that they left the house, the boat, the family to follow the Master. Where does he want to lead them, to ruin, to defeat?

EPHPHATHA: BE OPENED; BE BAPTIZED – 9th September 2018 – 23rd Sunday In Ordinary Time (B)

Is 35:4-7a; Jas 2:1-5; Mk 7:31-37

Fr Fernando Armellini SCJ
Claretian Publications, Macau

The sick to be healed is a “stuttering deaf” as in the original text. For Isaiah, the “stuttering deaf” was the people of Israel. However, the patient who is presented to Jesus is a pagan. It is the condition of every person who has not yet met Christ or one who deliberately closes his ears and does not allow the word of salvation to penetrate his heart.

AND THE WORD BECAME EUCHARISTIC BREAD – 19TH August 2018 – 20th Sunday In Ordinary Time (B)

– Fernando Armellini SCJ
Claretian Publications, Macau

Today’s Gospel begins with an outrageous statement: the bread to eat is “his own flesh.” The reaction of those present is understandable and justified: “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” They understand that he no longer refers only to the spiritual assimilation of God’s revelation, but also to a “concrete eating,” not metaphorical. He then adds, they have to drink his blood too.

WHAT THE HUMAN EYES CANNOT SEE – 12 August 2018, 19TH Sunday In Ordinary Time (B)

1 Kgs 19:4-8, Eph 4:30-5:2, Jn 6:41-51

Edmond Lo

Summer in Toronto is a beauty.  Too bad it is so short.  This summer of mine began with a 8-day cruise trip from Vancouver to Alaska, on which I was reunited – or reacquainted – with three very good secondary school classmates whom I had not seen for almost 40 years.  Every evening on the cruise, we would gather in my cabin to play “catch-up”, rediscovering 40 missing years of one another’s whereabouts, undertakings, accomplished ideals, and unfulfilled aspirations. 

THERE IS BREAD THAT GIVES ETERNAL LIFE – 5TH August 2018, 18th Sunday In Ordinary Time (B)

Ex 16:2-4,12-15; Eph 4:117,20-24; Jn 6:24-35

Fr Fernando Armellini SCJ
Claretian Publications, Macau                  

After the multiplication of the bread the crowd tried to make him king. He knew that they were doing this not because they were hungry for his Word but to continue to have food in abundance, for free, without working.


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.


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

Edmond Lo

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).