June 16, 2018

11th Sunday - B (June 17, 2018)


The Mustard Seed of God’s Love

This Gospel passage calls us to trust in the small things knowing that we are doing God’s work. 

God’s work is for the salvation of all God’s creation.  Anything and everything that God gives me to do is that mustard seed.  “Through it all the seed would sprout, grow, and yields fruit; and I know not how.”  It is indeed God’s work of love of which I am privileged to be a part.    
The small mustard seed becomes a great shrub.


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June 9, 2018

10th Sunday - B (June 10, 2018)


Our Unity Glorifies God

In the current social and political climate, one week after the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, we have a Gospel passage on unity.  “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.  And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.”

On the contrary, St. Paul gives us a way of looking at the purpose of our diversity.  “The grace bestowed in abundance on more and more people may cause the thanksgiving to overflow for the glory of God.”  

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June 2, 2018

Body and Blood of Christ - B (June 3, 2018)


Divine Presence – Past, Present, and Eternal

Last Sunday, we celebrated one of the presences of the Most Holy Trinity in space and time.  That is the presence of God in us as children of God.

Today, we celebrate the same divine presence in the Eucharist. 

In the Eucharist, we who live in time and space come in touch with the Presence of the Divine who no time nor space can contain. 

The Body and Blood of Christ is “the covenant” (Gospel – Mark 14:24) makes present to us now the death of Christ on the cross, “a death [that] has taken place for deliverance from transgression” and “the promised eternal inheritance.”  (2nd Reading – Hebrew 9:15)

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(Website of the Diocese of Dalat, Vietnam)

May 26, 2018

Most Holy Trinity


“I Am with You”

Today we listen to the very last passage in the Gospel According to Matthew and Jesus’ last words in this Gospel, “Behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

This sentence brings us back to the first chapter of Matthew, with revelation of the Messiah’s name as “‘Emmanuel,’ which means ‘God is with us’” (1:23).

In the incarnation, Jesus draws us into the divine mystery of the Trinity.  By his being with us “always” he makes us one with him – children of God (2nd reading from Romans 8: 14-17).

Such privilege!  Such love!



Image source: Andrei Rublev, Trinity
 

May 19, 2018

Pentecost - B (May 20, 2018)


“I Send You”

The Scripture readings for Pentecost convey the themes of unity and peace.  The disciples were together both after the Resurrection (Gospel, John 20: 19-23) and on Pentecost (first readings).  From the beginning, the Church has gathered people from all nations and languages into one (first reading).  God has given different gifts to different people, but all are one (second reading, 1 Corinthians 12).

But it is not a kind of gathering of people who only look inward. 

Jesus sends us out, each with the unique gifts from God, to continue the mission of Jesus, which is to gather all nations into God’s family: “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”


During World Youth Days, millions of young Catholics from all over the globe gather together with the Pope.  This picture shows a corner of the WYD candle vigil during the 2016 World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland.
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May 12, 2018

Ascension of the Lord - B (May 13, 2018)


Heaven

The disciples witnessed Jesus “being taken up to heaven.”  They knew that heaven was now also the destination of their journey.   

From then on, they lived with a purpose.  “They went forth and preached everywhere.”   

Celebrating the Ascension of Jesus reminds me that my journey has the same destination – heaven, and that my life has the same purpose – to preach the Gospel everywhere.

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May 5, 2018

6th Sunday of Easter - B (May 6, 2018)


Remain in Me

Today’s Gospel passage follows immediately the passage we heard last Sunday. 

One way of reading these passages together might be:  If we want to have life, remain in Jesus (last week), and if we want to be loved and to love, remain in Jesus.

Apart from him there is no life and there is no love.   

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