Reflection on the 25th Sunday in Ordinary time B

by Fr. Francis Huwn msfs

God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble  (James 4:6)

Wis 2:12, 17-20
Ps 54:3-6 and 8
James 3:16-4:3
Mk 9:30-37

St Augustine once said: “If you ask me which is the first virtue for a Christian, I will tell you that it is humility.  If you ask me again which is the second, I will say to you it is humility.  If you again ask me which is the third, I will still say that it is humility, and as often as you ask me this question, I shall always give you the same answer.” Continue reading “Reflection on the 25th Sunday in Ordinary time B”

Reflection on the 24th Sunday in Ordinary time B

by Fr. Francis Huwn Msfs

24th Sunday Year B
Is 50:5-9
Ps 114: 1-6, 8-9
James 2:14-18
Mk 8:27-35

The true Jesus always has the Cross

Who is Jesus? In order not to be confused, there is one particular thing, which will definitely identify the true Jesus: it is the cross. The true Jesus always has the cross. There is no cross-less Jesus. That is why he said: “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me.”He is the Suffering Servant of Yahweh that the Prophet Isaiah talks about in the first reading. Continue reading “Reflection on the 24th Sunday in Ordinary time B”

Reflection on the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary time B

by Fr. Francis Huwn Msfs

Jesus changed sunset into sunrise (Clement of Alexandria)

Isaiah 35:4-7a
Psalm 146:7,8-9,9-10
James 2:1-5
Mark 7:31-37

The miracle of Jesus which was narrated in the gospel took place in the regoin of Decapolis (Deka Polis in Greek), literally translated, Ten Cities. It was a federation of ten pagan cities within the area of Israel. Everything about these ten cities was Greek, including the way they were governed and their worship using the names of Greek gods. In these cities, the people resort to different greek gods and goddesses for wealth, healing, fertility, victory etc. Something like our socio-cultural context where people resort to Inyanga: sangoma and lugedla. But when someone was suffering, such as the deaf man in today’s gospel, they knew this pagan culture did not satisfy them, their only hope was Jesus. All the glitter of the Greek culture did not really fulfil their deepest longing, only Jesus. So they brought the deaf man with the speech impediment to Jesus. Continue reading “Reflection on the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary time B”

September 2018: Young people in Africa

by Fr Chris Chatteris SJ

Pope’s Intention. September 2018:

Young People in Africa: That young people in Africa may have access to education and work in their own countries.

It is truly extraordinary what risks migrants will run to get into so-called developed countries. Young West Africans, or their families, pay traffickers to get them across the Sahara desert into Libya and thence across the Mediterranean into Europe. A considerable proportion do not make it. Some die in the desert, abandoned by their traffickers. Others are arrested and languish in detention centres. Some are being sold into slavery. The hazardous sea crossing in manifestly unseaworthy boats is perhaps the most dangerous leg of all. Continue reading “September 2018: Young people in Africa”