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9th Week in Ordinary Time : Wednesday 3rd June 2020

Ss Charles Lwanga & Companions, martyrs9th Week in Ordinary Time : Wednesday 3rd June 20202 Tim 1:1-3, 6-12; Ps. 123(122) 1-2, 2 Mk 12:18-27 (Ps Wk I) Probably not many readers of SHALOM here in Asia have any devotion to Saint Charles Lwanga and his Companions or even any knowledge about them. Yet there are…

9th Week in Ordinary Time : Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Ss Marcellinus & Peter, martyrs9th Week in Ordinary Time : Tuesday 2nd June 20202 Pt. 3:11-15A, 17-18; Ps. 90(89):2, 3-4, 10, 14,16; Mk. 12:13-17 (Ps Wk I) The Pharisees and Herodians came to “catch” Jesus, to get him to deny either one’s obedience to God or to the emperor. Instead, Jesus catches them by surprise.…

Our Lady, Mother of the Church : Monday 1st June 2020

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and forever, AmenOur Lady, Mother of the Church : Monday 1st June 2020Gen. 3:9-15,20 or Acts 1:12-14; Ps. 87(86): 1-2,3,5,6-7; Jn. 19:25-34 (Ps Wk I) The Garden of Eden story teaches us a lot about our-selves. We are curious; we are impatient, and we do…

PENTECOST SUNDAY (A) : 31st May 2020

Come, Holy Spirit, in our day and age and guide us into the truthPENTECOST SUNDAY (A) : 31st May 2020Acts 2:1-11; Ps. 104(103):1,24,29-30, 31,34; 1 Cor. 12:3-7, 12-13; Jn. 20:19-23 (Psalter proper) St John speaks of Jesus breathing his last breath and dying in a simple but enigmatic and even mystical way. Expressed in this…

7th Week of Easter : Saturday 30th May 2020

Lord, illuminate the path You have prepared for me7th Week of Easter : Saturday 30th May 2020Acts 28:16-20,30-31; Ps. 11(10):4,5,7; Jn. 21:20-15 (Ps Wk III) Sometimes our struggles and difficulties have a reason of which we are unaware. Paul had been harassed and persecuted. After his arrest, he appealed to the emperor, so he was…

7th Week of Easter : Friday 29th May 2020

Lord Jesus, grant us the grace that “the other things” of life will never hinder us from loving and serving You.7th Week of Easter : Friday 29th May 2020Acts 25:13-21’ Ps. 103(`102):1-2,11-12, 19-20; Jn. 21:15-19 (Ps Wk III) “Do you love me more than these?” Jesus’ question to Peter is highly ambiguous, for the word…

7th Week of Easter : Thursday 28th May 2020

Jesus prayed that we may be one, just as Jesus and God the Father are one7th Week of Easter : Thursday 28th May 2020Acts 22:30; 23:6-11; Ps. 16(15): 1-2,5,7-8, 9-10,11; Jn. 17:20-26 (Ps Wk III) This passage from John's Gospel offers us a great consolation: Jesus prayed for us as he faced death for our…

7th Week of Easter : Wednesday 27th May 2020

Jesus is constantly praying for us7th Week of Easter : Wednesday 27th May 2020Acts 20:28-38; Ps. 68(67):29-30,33-35,36; Jn. 17:11-19 (Ps Wk III) The Gospel readings for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for this 7th week of Easter are best taken together. They make up the seventeenth chapter of St John’s Gospel. They present us in prayer…

7th Week of Easter – St Philip Neri, priest : Tuesday 26th May 2020

St Philip Neri, priest7th Week of Easter – St Philip Neri, priest : Tuesday 26th May 2020Acts 20:17-27; Ps. 68(67):10-11,20-21; Jn. 17:1-11 (Ps Wk III) The Gospel that we read today is what a sixteenth-century scholar called the “priestly prayer” of Christ. In the prayer, Christ, before he died, offered to sacrifice his own life…

7th Week of Easter : Monday 25th May 2020

In times of darkness, we can be assured that the Helper, the Holy Spirit, is with us7th Week of Easter : Monday 25th May 2020Acts 19:1-8; Ps. 68(67):2-3,4-5,6-7; Jn. 16:29-33 (Ps Wk III) We have just celebrated the Feast of Jesus’ Ascension. After accomplishing his mission, Jesus has returned to his Father. His departure must…