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1st Week of Advent (A) : Friday 6th December 2019

The Lord is my light and my help; whom shall I fear?1st Week of Advent (A) : Friday 6th December 2019Is. 29:17-24; Ps. 27(26):1,4,13-14; Mt. 9:27-31 (Ps Wk I) The first reading describes the internal social and moral reform that will take place in Judah when God puts forth His hand once again on the…

1st Week of Advent (A) : Thursday 5th December 2019

Lord, may I do Your will always.1st Week of Advent (A) : Thursday 5th December 2019Is. 26:1-6; Ps. 118(117):1,8-9,19-21,25-27a; Mt. 7:21,24-27 (Ps Wk I) Holiness and righteousness are a source of strength, power, and protection. Isaiah describes a strong, fortified city in which only the righteous may enter. It also requires trust in the Lord,…

1st Week of Advent (A) : Wednesday 4th December 2019

Lord, help us to prepare for your coming1st Week of Advent (A) : Wednesday 4th December 2019Is. 25:6-10a; Ps. 23(22):1-3a,3b-4,5,6; Mt. 15:29-37 (Ps Wk I) On human level, Jesus was strongly influenced by Isaiah’s  visionary teaching. As the Son of God, Jesus came on earth to save all humanity without distinction of race or colour…

1st Sunday of Advent (A) : Sunday 1st December 2019

1st Sunday in Advent1st Sunday of Advent (A) : Sunday 1st December 2019Is. 2:15; Ps. 122(121):1-2,4-5,6-7,8-9; Rom. 13:11-14a; Mt. 4:37-44 (Ps Wk I) Swords into ploughshares and spears into pruning hooks — what a beautiful prophecy! Can we imagine a time when there will no longer be war between nations? This is God’s intention and…

1st Week of Advent (A) : Monday 2nd December 2019

Lord Jesus, help us prepare for the celebration of Your birth amongst us1st Week of Advent (A) : Monday 2nd December 2019Is. 4:2-6; Ps. 122(121): 1-2,3-4,8-9; Mt. 8:5-11 (Ps Wk I) At the entrance to the modern city of Jerusalem in Israel there is an arch with the welcoming greeting in Hebrew: “Blessed is your…

34th Week in Ordinary Time : Saturday 30th November 2019

Feast of St Andrew, Apostle34th Week in Ordinary Time : Saturday 30th November 2019Rom. 10:9-18; Ps. 19(18):2-3,4-5; Mt. 4:18-22 (Ps Wk II) Andrew had been a follower of St John the Baptist. When he and Peter were called by Jesus to be His followers, the fishers of men, they left all things to follow Him.…

34th Week in Ordinary Time : Friday 29th November 2019

Lord, help me to be faithful to your teachings34th Week in Ordinary Time : Friday 29th November 2019Dan. 7:2-14; (R. Ps.) Dan. 3:75,76,77,78,79,80,81; Lk. 21:29-33 (Ps Wk II) Did God actually order such violence against the dwellers in the land? We would hope not! This is not how we look at God today, but the…

34th Week in Ordinary Time : Thursday 28th November 2019

Enter into your own place to pray in secret and your Father who sees in secret will reward you (Mt 6:6).34th Week in Ordinary Time : Thursday 28th November 2019Dan. 6:12-28; (R. Ps) Dan:3:68,69,70,71,72,73,74; Lk. 21:20-28 (Ps Wk II) The Book of Daniel is rather puzzling and difficult to understand. Hence it is quite difficult…

34th Week in Ordinary Time : Wednesday 27th November 2019

The Lord’s presence is always within us34th Week in Ordinary Time : Wednesday 27th November 2019Dan. 5:1-6,13-14,16-17,23-28; (R. Ps.) Dan. 3:62,63,64,65,66,67; Lk. 21:12-19 (Ps Wk II) The apocalyptic literature from which our readings are drawn at the end of the Church’s year — whether from the Hebrew Scriptures or from the New Testament itself —…