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Trust God's Mercy and Protection

Sunday 17th November 2019


The destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem by the Romans was history (70 A.D.); Luke's Gospel, Catholic scholars propose, was written between 80 and 90 A.D. His audience was probably Gentile Christians. Luke here tries to interpret the fall of Jerusalem for them and to locate it in God's plans for humankind (salvation history). At the same time, Luke is suggesting to his audience that there will be a considerable elapse of time before Jesus' final coming. Luke's listeners have likely seen much upheaval and are anxious to know if these are the signs of Jesus' coming. Luke is urging greater patience.
In the second part of today's Gospel, Jesus warns that his followers will face persecution for their beliefs. Luke presents persecution as an opportunity for the followers of Jesus for "It will lead to your giving testimony" (Luke 21:13). In persecution God's wisdom and power will be shown in the example of followers of Jesus. Perseverance in the face of persecution will lead to their salvation.

Jesus is assuring his followers that God is present to all believers, even in times of trouble. Ultimately, Jesus will witness to this with his own death. As disciples of Jesus, we try to follow his example, trusting in God's mercy and protection, even when we are facing difficulties.

source: https://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/sunday-connection


He is God of the Living

Sunday 10th November 2019

Our true identity is that we are children of God. In Today´s Gospel, Jesus proposes that the possibilities of resurrected life are beyond our imaginations. To spend time worrying about resurrected life is to miss the point. The point is eternal relationship with God is possible, for God is the God of the living, ". . . for to him all are alive."

source: https://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/sunday-connection


I must stay at your house today!

Sunday 3rd November 2019


When God does find us, we must be attentive and listen rather than be anxious to speak. God will make no demands of us. God will not ask us to change. God will simply keep revealing that, in Jesus, he is unconditional love.

source: https://errolsj.blogspot.com


source:https://henrinouwen.org

I read the lives of many saints and great spiritual men and women, and it seems that they have become real members of my spiritual family, always present to offer suggestions, ideas, advice, consolation, courage, and strength. It is very hard to keep your heart and mind directed toward God when there are no examples to help you in your struggle. Without saints you easily settle for less-inspiring people and quickly follow the ways of others who for a while seem exciting but who are not able to offer lasting support. I am happy to have been able to restore my relationship with many great saintly men and women in history who, by their lives and works, can be real counselors to me.                                                                                                                                                 Henri Nouwen


Eyes of Compassion

Sunday 27th October 2019

...the importance of not judging or condemning, not even our own past, and of looking at people with immense compassion and love in the way Jesus looked at the adulterous woman and made her discover her own goodness through the eyes of Jesus and thus find the strength to "sin no more."

source: https://henrinouwen.org


Stop Trying to Figure God Out

Sunday 27th October 2019

Francis of Assisi grasped something of the mystery of God and, in a particular way, the mystery of God's humility. Although he was simple and not well educated, he had an insight into God that I can only say was profound. Francis did not study theology. He did not try to figure out what God is through reason. He simply spent long hours in prayer, often in caves, mountains or places of solitude, places where he could distance himself from the busy everyday world. Thomas of Celano, the first biographer of Francis, wrote: "Where the knowledge of teachers is outside, the passion of the lover entered." What Thomas perceived is that love, not knowledge, allowed Francis to enter into the great mystery we call "God." As he entered into this mystery he discovered two principle features of God-the overflowing goodness of God and the humility of God. That is why a Franciscan approach to God's humility must begin with Francis. For he was so impressed by God's humility that he spent his entire life striving to live humbly in imitation of God. -

from the book The Humility of God: lia Delio, OSF


29th Week, Ordinary Time 

Sunday 20th October 2019

Jesus urges his disciples to pray and not lose heart, for God hears and answers prayers.

Patterns and Persistence in Prayer

Today's the parable (Luke 18, 1-8) seems to present prayer as nagging God for what we want, such a reading misses the point. God is not like the judge in the parable, worn down by requests and coerced to respond. The key is found in the description of the judge as corrupt and unjust. Since God can be neither, we must understand Jesus to be saying that if even an unjust judge responds to the persistence of the widow, how much more so will God listen to our prayers. God truly wants to hear our needs and respond generously. It is the final lament of Jesus that gets to the point of the parable. The lesson is about the persistence of the one who prays. God wants us to be like the persistent widow, staying in relationship with God, confident that God hears and answers prayers. Then Jesus laments, "Will such faith be found when the Son of Man comes?" In this lament, Jesus notes how easy it can be for us to lose heart.

souuce: https://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/sunday-connection


Tuesday 15 October 2019

                               St Teresa of Avila

"It is love alone that gives worth to all things."


"Let nothing disturb thee;
Let nothing dismay thee:
All thing pass;
God never changes.
Patience attains
All that it strives for.
He who has God
Finds he lacks nothing:
God alone suffices."


28th Week, Ordinary Time: Sunday 13th October 2019  

Luke 17:11-19

Jesus heals 10 lepers, and one, the Samaritan, returns to give thanks.

Gratitude is an attitude 

Brené Brown suggests: It's not joy that makes us grateful, it's gratitude that makes us joyful. We are not just to cultivate an "attitude-of-gratitude" or simply feel grateful, Brown says, but rather it is about inviting joy into our lives through creative, intentional, tangible practices of gratitude.


  • This story is a lesson about faith and reminds us that faith is sometimes found in unlikely places. Ten people afflicted with leprosy cry out to Jesus. Struck with pity, Jesus heals all 10. However, only one is described as glorifying God and returning to thank Jesus.
  • Gratitude is an essential virtue to have in helping us to develop and deepen our relationships with people especially our loved ones e.g. parents, spouses, siblings, relatives and even strangers.
  • If we have gratitude, bring it to a deeper level to build our relationship with Our Lord. We can do this by being more conscious of God's goodness, His abundantly blessings and His merciful forgiveness.
  • Spend time each day to ponder on our relationship with people and more importantly with God. Imagine Jesus is present in your relationships. Try to sense how He would want you to love, forgive and serve others more fully.
  • source: https://www.jesuit.org.sg/gp-28wk-ordtime-sunday-13th-october-2019/

God created you to do him some particular service. He has given some work to you that he has not given to another. You have your mission. You shall do good.

John Henry Newman


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27 Sunday of Ordinary Time C  

Hab1:2-3, 2:2-4; 2 Tim 1:6-8, 13-14; Lk 17:5-10    

A REFLECTION BY  

Fr. Errol Fernandes S.J.  from Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

The attitude of realizing that one has always been given one's due and that one has simply done what one has to do, is the attitude that Jesus is calling for in the Gospel text of today. Put in another way, it might read: "Let the reward of your action be in the doing of the action itself." This is also the meaning of faith, as explicated both in the first reading of today and in the Gospel.
Faith is not measured quantitatively and thus, in answer to the disciples' plea to increase their faith. Jesus (...) asks them to have faith. There is no question of having too much or too little faith. There is no question of faith having to be increased once one has it. It is enough that one has faith. Then, even if is the size of a mustard seed, it is enough and more.

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