Category Archives: Gospel Toon

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

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

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

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

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.

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).