Mission Sunday: “Here I am, send me!”

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS
FOR WORLD MISSION DAY 2020

Here am I, send me (Is 6:8)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I wish to express my gratitude to God for the commitment with which the Church throughout the world carried out the Extraordinary Missionary Month last October. I am convinced that it stimulated missionary conversion in many communities on the path indicated by the theme: “Baptized and Sent: the Church of Christ on Mission in the World”. Continue reading “Mission Sunday: “Here I am, send me!””

27th Sunday in Ordinary time – Year A

by Fr. Francis Huwn msfs

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“You must remember to love people and use things, rather than to love things and use people”. Ven. Bishop Fulton Sheen

Our God is a God who trusts his workers. Just as the landowner gave the tenants a fully equipped vineyard in which to work and produce, God creates the possibilities for work, fruitfulness and success for us too. We are the tenants: to the government servants, God has entrusted with public properties; to the church authorities, to shepherd the people of God; the married, to be good stewards of the family. He provides us with opportunities and resources and trusts that we will make the most of these. Do we recognize the opportunities and resources that God has given us?
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26th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A

by Fr D. Ntshangase

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The Gospel of today, as John the Baptist and Jesus did, stresses on the change of heart and mind. It is more on repentance. This repentance is required in order for us to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.

Jesus in the Gospel is actually answering to a question by the chief priests and elders who asked him, “By whose authority are you doing all these things, who gave you this authority?” They refused to repent and believe in Jesus. Their refusal to repent and believe in Jesus is contrasted to that of the tax collectors and prostitutes. It is important to note that the chief priests and elders were expected to be close to God while the tax collectors and prostitutes were thought to be far from God. Jesus stresses this in the parable of the two sons.
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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A

by Fr D. Ntshangase 

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The Pharisees were questioning Jesus’ behaviour of befriending sinners and outcasts. By the parable which Jesus narrates in the Gospel, he is revealing to them that by so doing he is imitating God who is generous and compassionate to the poor, sinners and outcasts. In the parable God is the owner of the vineyard. Probably the Pharisees were seeing themselves as the workers who came earlier and the late-comers being the sinners and outcasts. This means that God is generous to everyone with His forgiveness and mercy. His grace is sufficient for everyone (2 Cor 12:9).
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